Who We Are
Community Law Program, Inc. (CLP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation formed in 1989 by members of the St. Petersburg Bar Association to serve the civil legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals. CLP's main objectives include:
- Expanding access to the legal system and providing quality legal representation to low-income individuals through individual representation as well as legal advice clinics, outreach, and other programs;
- Educating members of the public regarding their legal rights and responsibilities and continuing to develop public awareness of the program;
- Assisting the courts, bar associations, and other agencies to improve the delivery of legal services and access to the court system, especially for low-income individuals; and
- Maintaining a well-functioning organization with the capacity to respond to the legal needs of low-income and disadvantaged individuals.
What We Do
Over the years, CLP has recruited a panel of very dedicated volunteer attorneys in Pinellas County, Florida to provide free legal services (pro bono representation) to thousands of people in need of civil legal assistance each year.
Legal Advice Clinics
CLP also arranges for a variety of ongoing outreach programs hosted by volunteer attorneys at various sites throughout the county. In addition to providing individual pro bono representation, we offer a number of free legal advice clinics ranging from bankruptcy to divorce forms. These practical clinics are designed to educate and empower those who represent themselves in court (pro se).
CLP has also initiated several special projects such as the One Youth One Lawyer One Life Project, which assists teens aging out of the foster care system with various legal issues; the Community Counsel Program that offers legal assistance to qualified non-profit organizations; the Self-Help Center at the courthouse in downtown St. Petersburg, which is open to all members of the public regardless of income; and its Guardian Advocacy Project, which assists families caring for the developmentally disabled.
How To Find Us
Community Law Program (CLP) is located in the 501 Building in downtown St. Petersburg. The building is also home to the Court Information and Resource Centers and the court’s family law division The address for CLP is:
Community Law Program, Inc.
501 First Avenue N, Room 519
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Phone: (727) 582-7480
Fax: (727) 582-7267
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How You Can Help
Attorneys and others can make a significant difference in the lives of the historically underserved residents in our community by volunteering their time and resources.