Community Legal Information Center (CLIC)

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We are fundraising for the Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) to facilitate opportunities for students to assist community members with legal help. CLIC provides clinical experience for students seeking a hands-on experience in an on-campus legal clinic while providing free legal information and assistance to clients in the North State and beyond.  Almost 200 students provide legal help and information to over 12,000 clients each year.  We want to continue to do this work and need the help in covering our overhead costs.  Office supplies, postage, travel expenses and legal material costs are increasing each year.

Please support our students and our North State community by helping CLIC meet it's vital mission.

Any Gift Helps

$20 will pay for support materials for one student a year.

$30 will pay for a case of paper for printing and copying legal material.

$175 will pay for our postage for one month.

$500 will pay for 14 students to travel to a prison in California to speak with inmates about their experiences in the criminal justice system.

$1800 will pay for our Environmental Advocate students to attend the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene Oregon.

10 Things You Should Know About CLIC

1. CLIC has operated continuously for 47 years since it opened its doors in 1970.

2. CLIC is comprised of eleven programs: Chico Consumer Protection Agency; County Jail Law Project; Disability Law Project; Environmental Advocates; Family Law; Housing Law; Student Law Services/Juvenile Rights; Penal Law Program; Misdemeanors, Tickets and Traffic; Women’s Law and Workers’ Rights. (see reverse page)

3. Academic Service Learning and Civic Engagement internships are provided to approximately 200 students, earning 759 course units each year.

4. CLIC provides assistance to an average 12,000 clients each year.

5. CLIC interns log about 30,000 internship hours each year.

6. 59% of CLIC clients report annual earnings of less than $10,000, 71% of CLIC clients report annual earnings of less than $57,750 (2015 poverty line is $11,880).

7. Faculty from the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice who supervise CLIC provide a structured clinical course experience for students, holding weekly class meetings, weekly board of director meetings, CLIC-wide training sessions and field trips to prisons, courts and conferences.

8. In addition to internship opportunities, 20 student directors are selected each year to assist in the daily administration of the programs; these directors learn valuable leadership skills.

9. CLIC interns and directors have been admitted to law schools across the country including Yale, Georgetown, UC Berkeley, UC Hastings, and Santa Clara University. Our Alumni have gone on to serve as judges in California, Oregon, and Idaho, and attorneys with corporations such a Facebook and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. 

10. Of our 100 students, 29 can offer bilingual services to clients including 25 in Spanish, Hmong, Tagalog, Punjabi and Hungarian.

CLIC Programs

Chico Consumer Protection Agency (CCPA) assists clients by answering questions in the following areas of Consumer Law: fair debt collection, bad checks, contracts, bankruptcy, credit cards, Lemon Laws, warranties, small claims court, collection after judgment, credit reports/repairs, assisting in starting small businesses and liens.                  

County Jail Law Project (CJLP) provides information to inmates incarcerated in Butte County Jail. Interns help to provide inmates with the best possible legal information. The CJLP directors work directly in the jail with the inmates with follow-up research, and contacting them with answers to some of their questions.

Disability Law Project (D&L) is an advocacy program that represent clients with physical and/or mental disabilities at Federal Administrative hearings for the Social Security Administration. D&L assists mainly with Title II: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Title XVI: Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Our goal is to help those who would otherwise be unable to advocate on their own behalf.

Environmental Advocates (EA) promotes environmental quality through education and advocacy and interns are actively involved in local, regional, and global issues. EA is comprised of interns who share a concern for environmental quality, sustainability and a willingness to work toward safeguarding the environment.

Family Law Project assists clients in understanding the following types of cases: dissolution, legal separation, requests for orders (for custody and visitation issues only) and paternity. The program also provides information regarding summary dissolutions, domestic partnerships and other family law issues.

Housing Law Project assists both tenant and landlords. Housing interns answer questions relating to tenants’ rights and responsibilities. Some of the most common problems that are encountered are evictions, defective or inhabitable dwellings, and security deposit refunds.

Misdemeanors, Tickets and Traffic (MTT) assists with all traffic-related violations such as speeding, parking and running stoplights/signs. MTT interns also provide assistance with DUI’s, noise violations, MIP’s, fake or altered I.D.’s and any other alcohol related violations.

Penal Law Project provides legal information on Writs of Habeas Corpus, administrative appeals, Three Strikes cases, sentencing, and any other aspect of criminal law dealing with state prisoners and visits Susanville and other California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) institutions.

Student Legal Services/Juvenile Rights (SLS) assists in informing CSU, Chico students of their rights and responsibilities on campus, as well as acting as their advocates in all campus related areas. These areas include the Formal Grievance Procedure, Student Disciplinary Process, and grade disputes. The Juvenile Rights sector of this program works to educate the youth of the surrounding areas through class talks and direct services. 

Womens Law Project assists men, women and families with domestic violence, civil harassment and elder abuse restraining orders. Information is available for a variety of domestic violence situations.

Workers’ Rights Program informs employees and employers about their legal rights and responsibilities. WRP primarily assists with information concerning unemployment and state disability insurance, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, hour and wage disputes, working conditions, and discrimination in the workplace.

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