Founded in 2002, CLSEPA provides civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in East Palo Alto and the surrounding community.
Organization Website

Twitter: @clsepa
Facebook: Facebook
Primary geographic focus: Bay Area, Northern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Consumer Protection, Housing, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Foreclosure, Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Immigration
Acronym or short name: CLSEPA

Since opening its doors in September 2002, CLSEPA’s legal service programs have benefited over 10,000 community members. Today, CLSEPA provides legal assistance to over 1,500 clients annually, and its practice areas include housing, immigration, general civil litigation, and anti-predatory lending.

CLSEPA is a community-based organization funded by grants and donations from foundations, law firms, legal organizations, and individuals who recognize the importance of providing the protections of the law to those who would not otherwise have them. Volunteer attorneys, paralegals, law students, and community volunteers work with dedicated staff to provide life-changing legal services to residents in need.

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)


News Story

County Supervisors Consider Setting Aside Another $405,000 to Help Defend Child Refugees

Jennifer Wadsworth
San Jose Inside
September 26, 2017
Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, the Justice and Diversity Center, and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley are set to receive increased funding from Santa Clara County’s Board of Supervisors to provide representation for unaccompanied child refugees in court.

Op-Ed , Opinion

Opinion: Why California should boost legal aid funding

Salena Copeland
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2017
We join with legal service organizations throughout California in calling on the state to provide $30 million to reach the national average in civil legal aid funding. President Trump’s budget threatens to eliminate all federal aid provided through the Legal Services Corporation. That leaves the state’s Equal Access Fund to help bridge this growing gap. Established in 1999, the fund receives just $10 million a year, a number that has only been boosted once ­– a $5 million increase that many of us fought hard for in this year’s state budget.

News Story

Step by step: Attorney Daniel Saver battles for affordable housing in Bay Area

San Jose Mercury News
March 9, 2017
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto's Daniel Saver was interviewed by The Mercury News to discuss the Bay Area housing crisis, the rise of no-cause evictions, and their recent $3 mil grant from the Chan-Zukerberg Initiative.

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Legal aid report: No-cause tenant eviction rate rises sharply

Dave Boyce
The Almanac
December 15, 2016
After collecting years of data, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County have released the "first centralized, publicly available source of information to reveal the full scale of the eviction problem in the heart of Silicon Valley."

News Story

Facebook Pledges $20 Million for Affordable Housing in Bay Area

Megan O’Neil
Chronicle of Philanthropy
December 2, 2016
The majority of the money will go to creating "new and scalable ways to increase the volume of affordable housing."

LAAC Member Story

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto

October 7, 2016

News Story

Building sold, tenant leases terminated: Rents go up as soon as Burlingame property changes hands

Bill Silverfarb
San Mateo Daily Journal
September 22, 2015
Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto secured relocation assistance and additional time to move out.


Lost Boys: Counties Now Less Likely to Refer Juveniles to Immigration Authorities

Yvette Cabrera
Voice of OC
August 27, 2015
Advocates have said that referrals U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by probation departments violate state law, which county officials say is superseded by federal law.

Evicted tenants find relief: Landlord agrees to pay relocation costs for tenants at 910 Clinton St. in Redwood City

Bill Silverfarb
San Mateo Daily Journal
August 14, 2015
The new owner agreed to provide relocation assistance to tenants awaiting eviction at 910 Clinton St. They were supposed to leave by June 30 but will now have until October 12, rent-free.

News Story

County bans mobile home park closures and conversions

Bill Silverfarb
San Mateo Daily Journal
November 18, 2015
Concerned about the preservation of affordable housing, San Mateo County halts closure of mobile home parks.

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