CLEF believes in providing free legal services to Chicago’s underserved communities. CLEF’s model is designed as a community lawyering model specifically tailored to the unique needs of high-barrier populations in Chicago.
By using schools and libraries as community centers, and providing legal services in those locations, CLEF helps low-income families more easily identify and locate the legal help they need. With our educational components, we further address their needs by using the unique access to schools and their communities.
Our programs have a varied throughout the years as our organization has grown. We have managed housing, immigration and juvenile criminal expungement initiatives throughout different minority-low-income neighborhoods in Chicago.