Cascade County Law Clinic (CCLC)
The Law Clinic was founded in 1993 by the Cascade County Bar Association and an 8th Judicial District Court Judge in response to drastic cuts in federal funding for those with low-income. The Law Clinic serves those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance. Services are provided to individuals at or below 125 percent of poverty. Their mission is to provide direct legal representation to Montana?s low-income persons and families in matters of Family Law by coordinating and facilitating the volunteer legal services of private attorneys.
The Clinic recruits private attorneys to represent low-income clients on a pro bono basis in family law matters including dissolution of marriage, parenting plans, guardianships, step-parent adoptions, custody issues, name changes, orders of protection, and occasionally assists in complex landlord-tenant issues. The Clinic’s pro bono attorneys represent clients in contested and uncontested cases. The Clinic maintains a list of attorneys, utilized on a rotating basis. The staff interview clients, determine eligibility, gather information on their need for service, prepare court pleadings, facilitate communication and provide paralegal support for pro bono attorneys. These activities increase attorney willingness to provide free legal services.
Volunteers are critical to the Clinic and free up staff and attorneys from basic paperwork and administration needs to work with more clients.