LEGAL AID SERVICE OF BROWARD COUNTY HISTORY
Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, began providing legal services to residents of Broward County in 1973. For 31 years, LAS was the only law firm in Broward County providing free civil legal services to the under-privileged. In January of 2004, to more effectively serve the under-served population in Broward County, partnering agency, Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida (CCLA) was formed to address the needs of clients who could be served under federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC) funding, freeing LAS to direct its resources to segments of the under-served population not able to be represented under LSC restrictions.
Although CCLA is a relatively new program, its Board of Directors, executive leadership and its staff were all part of Legal Aid Service of Broward County prior to January 2004. Therefore, at its inception, CCLA shared LAS’ history of delivering services to the poor of Broward County for 29 years. Both agencies are housed in one centralized location, (Legal Aid’s Center for Law and Social Justice facility) in Plantation, Florida.