Madelyn Smith works in the Consumer Protection Project/Community Empowerment Program of Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy as a Paralegal Advocate. Our Consumer Protection Program seeks to build financial security among low-income families by addressing abusive lending practices, protecting home and automobile ownership, and assisting consumers who have been tricked or defrauded by a company.
Before joining CCLA in July of 2021, Madelyn became a first-generation college student who graduated debt free from college. She graduated in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Art in Political Science with minors in Spanish for the Legal Professions and Women and Gender Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Madeline plays Division 1 Rugby with the Charlotte Women’s Rugby Club Team. Madeline works for Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy because “I have a desire to serve those who cannot afford it. I am someone who comes from a low-income family and know the struggles that many of our clients face. I understand that being able to provide free assistance to low-income families, who are often taken advantage of and who suffer from cycles of poverty, is so vital to breaking generational poverty and letting individuals access the opportunities that were previously out of reach. Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy is my way to help individuals in impactful ways.”