CGLA provides both criminal and civil legal services, integrated with social work support, to individuals facing barriers stemming from an encounter with the criminal justice system. We provide services in areas of acute need, including criminal records relief, defense, family and housing law. We partner with scores of law firms, corporate legal departments, and law schools to tap thousands of pro bono hours that multiply our impact.
CGLA embraces the collective impact model, put forward as a best practice by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. This model of collaboration involves the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem. CGLA and its partner organizations have identified a set of significant problems facing our clients, namely the collateral consequences of a negative encounter with the criminal justice system. Utilizing a client-centered approach, we assist in the removal of barriers and work together to help individuals and families achieve long-term stability in their lives.