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One West Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
Tel: 617-661-1010

Fax: 617-661-3289

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center
(CLSACC) provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for people with low incomes

CLSACC is an organization of volunteer professionals. Since our inception, we have been sustained by the commitment and dedication of volunteer lawyers and mental health professionals. Today, CLSACC is the only volunteer-based agency of its kind in the area, combining legal assistance with mental health counseling. Our unique interdisciplinary approach has enabled CLSACC to keep pace with the ever-changing and interrelated needs of our clients.


Recent News

CLSACC attorney Lisa Laurel Weinberg and staff paralegal Karen Bobadilla are spending one week in the Artesia detention facility in New Mexico, providing legal assistance to immigrant children in detention. Through their efforts, children who have escaped violence and abuse will have due process rights and will receive representation in a hearing that determines whether they will be deported immediately or be allowed to raise claims for political asylum or other immigration relief.


CLSACC’s Legal Director, Ellen Wilbur, has been named a Top Woman of Law by Mass. Lawyers Weekly. She will be honored at an event on October 23rd.  Ellen has been at CLSACC since 2002 where she has assisted over 1,000 survivors of domestic violence in complicated family law cases and has provided outstanding leadership at CLSACC and in the community.


The Center is proud to be a host agency for an Access to Justice Fellow for the second year. Attorney Jeff Wolf, former CLSACC Legal Director, will serve as an Access to Justice Fellow for 2014 -2015 and will focus on family law and domestic violence initiatives in the community.  Attorney John Hand recently completed his year as a 2013 -2014 Fellow, concentrating on representation of immigrants seeking political asylum.  John will continue on as a volunteer at CLSACC.  The pro bono fellows program was launched in 2012 by the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission as a first of-its-kind program in which senior lawyers partner with non-profit and legal service organizations to provide critical legal assistance to underserved populations.