Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program

A nonprofit organization

$825 raised by 7 donors

17% complete

$5,000 Goal

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Our Mission & Vision

To provide and facilitate access to justice for low-income individuals and marginalized communities through advocacy and civil legal services.

We want a legal system that is accessible, fair and community centered.

What We Do

The Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (“CCVLP”) is a civil legal aid non-profit organization on a mission to provide and facilitate access to justice for low-income individuals and marginalized communities through advocacy and civil legal services. Generally, low-income people with criminal matters are guaranteed public defenders if they cannot afford an attorney. That is not true for clients experiencing civil legal issues (like divorce, custody, domestic violence, or the need for debt defense). For over 30 years, volunteer attorneys have helped CCVLP provide this much needed civil legal advice and assistance.

We utilize specialized staff attorneys to provide advice, brief services, and full representation to tenants facing eviction and survivors of domestic violence. Over 100 volunteer attorneys provide one-on-one advice and some representation to clients with issues in family law (divorce, custody, minor parents and CPS- involved family law), housing justice (landlord/tenant disputes), bankruptcy and debt defense, elder law (end of life planning and elder abuse), general law (contracts, transactions), immigration, and lay guardianship.

Regardless of the level of services we are able to provide, we recognize our organization works within a system that has functioned to keep our clients (people who are low income, people with disabilities, people of color, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community) down. We challenge this system by supporting unrepresented individuals as they navigate the justice system and by calling out inequity in the courts when we see it. 


Why Your Donation Matters

No one should be forced to leave their home and have an eviction on their record because they don't know their rights. When tenants receive help from our lawyers, they are much more likely to find a solution that is fair to both sides.

Legal assistance is the single most important factor in empowering survivors to escape the cycle of domestic violence. While 71% of low-income Washington residents experience at least 1 civil legal problem, 100% of all domestic violence or sexual assault survivors experience life-altering civil legal problems. In Washington state, low-income survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault experience an average of 20 legal problems each year.

Our neighbors deserve fair resolutions to problems that threaten their families, homes and livelihoods, regardless of their financial resources.

Your donation can:

  • Prevent homelessness by keeping families housed.
  • Establish safety for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
  • Remove barriers to housing and safety for people living outside.
  • Keep children in Child Protective Services safe from harm.
  • Make the court work for all.

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Summary

Organization name

Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program

other names

CCVLP

Tax id (EIN)

91-1477518

Categories

Community Humanitarian Aid Volunteer

Address

1104 Main Street, Suite 1
VANCOUVER, WA 98660

Phone

360-695-5313

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