Our History

Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc., (CCLA), was incorporated in 2003 and began providing legal services to the low income population of Broward County in January 2004.   The agency, a 501 c(3) organization, was formed as a result of a split from Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. (LAS).  Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida  Board of Directors, executive leadership and staff were all part of Legal Aid Service of Broward County prior to January 2004 and shared its history of delivering services to the poor of Broward County for more than 30 years.

CCLA is funded in part by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and the agency’s staff of 25, including 12 attorneys, provide civil legal  services to the low income community in Broward County in the following areas:

  • Family Law Unit – including Domestic Violence
  • Public Benefits Unit
  • Senior Law Unit

Since its inception CCLA has become an integral and invaluable part of the community, receiving  awards and recognition for the legal services provided to the low income population in Broward County.  In 2005 CCLA was presented the 2005 Outstanding Program Award from the Broward Domestic Violence Council.   In 2006 one of CCLA’s domestic violence attorneys was honored by the Broward Domestic Violence Council with the 2006 Community Award.

CCLA’s partnering agency, LAS, has a staff of 49 which includes 17 attorneys providing civil legal services to the low income community in Broward County in the following areas (please click on Legal Aid Service of Broward County for more information):

  • Children’s Advocacy
  • Consumer Unit
  • Environmental
  • Homeless
  • Housing
  • Immigration
  • Ryan White
  • Wages

CCLA and LAS are housed in the Legal Aid Center for Social Justice located at 491 North State Road 7 (441), Plantation, Florida 33317.  Clients are referred between the two agencies to ensure full coverage of all their legal needs.