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Executive Director’s Letter


Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy’s mission is to “pursue justice for those in need.” Why pursue justice for the most vulnerable in our community? Because our justice system is not fairly accessible to everyone.

Our legal system is incredibly complicated, and it is simply not true that most people have a fair chance in court without representation.

ALL people must have the opportunity to participate fully in the legal system and to have legal representation when necessary.

The legal system is not always accessible to low-income people, minorities, children and the elderly, immigrants, and low-wage workers.

Our legal system must be open to ALL without barriers or discrimination.

Our legal system can and must protect basic human rights and ensure human needs such as safety, shelter and access to healthcare. We use our skills and training as lawyers, through the legal system, to protect these human rights and meet basic human needs.

People turn to Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy when there is nowhere else to go. Many come to us in crisis, with an imminent threat of violence, loss of shelter or income, or need for medical care. The legal assistance we provide helps clients find safety, economic security and family stability so that they are empowered to seek opportunity.

Our organization was created in 1967 as a part of the War on Poverty with the mission of ending poverty. I am old enough to remember that good war and still believe that we can end poverty if we try hard enough. Bringing low-income people into our legal system to protect human rights and ensure human needs is one key strategy to end poverty, which I believe we can do.

Each year, Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy serves 3,500 families facing a crisis of safety, shelter, health or income. But we are nowhere near having the resources to meet the needs of the more than 300,000 people eligible and in need of legal assistance but unable to afford private lawyers. Please join us and support our efforts to ensure that a full measure of justice is available for all people in need.

Yours in justice,
Kenneth Schorr
Executive Director