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Civic Engagement in the Community: Thirty Years with the Community Legal Information Center
Unformatted Document Text:  6 careers. This allows the students to work with a diverse group of people, including individuals they might not otherwise encounter during their college educations. Not only does CLIC provide significant educational benefits and opportunities for active learning to undergraduate students, it also provides significant benefits to the Northern California community and has done so since 1969, when the clinic first opened. At that time, CLIC offered an own recognizance bail program, which became so successful it was eventually taken over by the county. Another one of CLIC’s first programs, the Welfare Rights Organization, is still in existence today and is now a collaborative effort between CLIC and Legal Services of Northern California. Today, CLIC primarily services clients from Butte and Glenn counties in Northern California, both rural counties. CLIC’s service to indigent and underserved populations is especially important given the “‘sharp disparity in our society between those who can afford legal services and those who can’t’” (Escamilla 2006, 28). As legal service organizations that service indigent and low- income clients have faced budget cuts and been forced to scale back their operations, educational legal clinics such as CLIC have performed a significant role in providing services for underserved populations (Zucker and Zucker 2006, 95). In California alone, “two-thirds of the legal needs of the poverty community go unmet” (McCarthy 2007, 1). Low-income Californians often do not have the financial resources to secure legal assistance for common legal situations involving such things as “divorce, child support, child custody, domestic violence, loss of housing and employment, education and discrimination” (McCarthy 2007, 7). In Northern California, CLIC is able to assist clients with all these legal matters, as well as others. CLIC internships address not only the educational needs of students but also address the social needs of the community (Robinson 2000, 606). Through this educational partnership, CLIC student

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careers. This allows the students to work with a diverse group of people, including individuals
they might not otherwise encounter during their college educations.
Not only does CLIC provide significant educational benefits and opportunities for active
learning to undergraduate students, it also provides significant benefits to the Northern California
community and has done so since 1969, when the clinic first opened. At that time, CLIC offered
an own recognizance bail program, which became so successful it was eventually taken over by
the county. Another one of CLIC’s first programs, the Welfare Rights Organization, is still in
existence today and is now a collaborative effort between CLIC and Legal Services of Northern
California. Today, CLIC primarily services clients from Butte and Glenn counties in Northern
California, both rural counties.
CLIC’s service to indigent and underserved populations is especially important given the
“‘sharp disparity in our society between those who can afford legal services and those who
can’t’” (Escamilla 2006, 28). As legal service organizations that service indigent and low-
income clients have faced budget cuts and been forced to scale back their operations, educational
legal clinics such as CLIC have performed a significant role in providing services for
underserved populations (Zucker and Zucker 2006, 95). In California alone, “two-thirds of the
legal needs of the poverty community go unmet” (McCarthy 2007, 1). Low-income Californians
often do not have the financial resources to secure legal assistance for common legal situations
involving such things as “divorce, child support, child custody, domestic violence, loss of
housing and employment, education and discrimination” (McCarthy 2007, 7). In Northern
California, CLIC is able to assist clients with all these legal matters, as well as others. CLIC
internships address not only the educational needs of students but also address the social needs of
the community (Robinson 2000, 606). Through this educational partnership, CLIC student


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