COMMUNITY DEFENSE PROGRAM
The Legal Rights Center’s staff of attorneys and Community Advocates provide quality legal representation for both juveniles and adults without charge. Our cases range from misdemeanor traffic infractions to first-degree murder. Our controlled caseloads allow our attorneys to fully dedicate their efforts to each client. We firmly believe that people who are poor and have been charged with a crime must receive the same representation that a person of wealth would receive.
We recognize and uphold the dignity and constitutional rights of all of our clients. Our attorneys always consider the consequences, possible alternatives, and social circumstances when representing clients. Community Advocates conduct culturally sensitive legal investigation on behalf of our clients. Community Advocates typically have strong relationships with their communities, the depth of which gives them insight to understand our clients and to identify all the factors contributing to a case. The Legal Rights Center attorneys and Community Advocates counsel, educate, and encourage clients to make key decisions, not only about their cases but the course of their lives..
Please see: Need An Attorney
LRC Community Advocates: Leo Espinoza, Pauline Thomas and Ed Yellowhammer
Bringing legal knowledge to the community is a Legal Rights Center priority. We are available to make free presentations on a variety of topics related to criminal law.
For education about Expungements, see: Post-Conviction Help.
Commonly requested presentations include:
Sarah Davis, Y:EARS Program Director
612.337.0030 ext. 124
For Adult Immigrant communities:
612.337.0030 ext. 127
For Expungements and Criminal Records Issues:
612.337.0030 ext. 138
For all other audiences and communities:
Andrew Gordon, Associate Director
612.337.0030 ext. 137
As a community-driven legal nonprofit, we refer not only to our diverse staff and board, but also to our distinctive bottom-up internal structure in which our Community Advocates, rather than our attorneys, take the lead in: