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New director of the Charlotte Legal Advocacy Center appointed

Charlotte. – The Center for Legal Advocacy of Charlotte (CCLA) has a new head to lead its efforts to provide legal representation to the poor.

This institution, which has represented hundreds of Latinos, appointed the lawyer and human rights defender, Toussaint Romain, as its new executive director.

Romain’s experience, leadership and passion for justice will serve our Center well as it enters a new chapter of impact and growth.

The organization will remain dedicated to providing legal representation to those without access and advocating for policies that increase economic opportunity and mobility for the Charlotte community.

Great opportunity

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“I have been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Charlotte Legal Advocacy Center to fight for access to justice and use our legal system as a tool of economic opportunity and upward mobility for all. I am honored to lead a team of advocates who are dedicated to fighting for our community,” Romain said.

“After an extensive search, we are confident that Toussaint is the right person to continue building our organization from the advocacy, the services we offer, and the legal support provided by our dedicated staff and volunteer attorneys as has been done for over 50 years. ”, said John Grupp, president of the Board of directors of Center of Legal Advice of Charlotte.

Experience

Romain will be the first African-American to lead the Charlotte Legal Support Center.

Prior to joining the Center, Romain most recently served as Associate General Counsel at Appalachian State University, one of the institutions in the North Carolina public university system.

Previously, for ten years he was an assistant public defender in Mecklenburg County, representing thousands of people in that job.

Romain has taught constitutional law courses.

The attorney has served as a national speaker presenting issues of leadership, systemic racism, sexism, and criminal justice reform to legal professionals, systems leaders, and corporate executives.

Before earning his law degree in 2007, he worked for federal prosecutors, federal and state judges, large law firms, the National Institute of Justice, and the US Department of Justice with Senator John Edwards.

3 thousand families per year

“Formed in 1967 as part of the War on Poverty, we are the oldest legal services program in North Carolina,” says the Center for Legal Support of Charlotte (CCLA), previously known as Southern Legal Services. Piedmont (LSSP).

CCLA annually serves 3,500 families facing safety, shelter, health, or income crises.

The organization projects that 300,000 people in the Charlotte region are eligible for its services and need legal assistance, but cannot afford private attorneys.

Without legal representation in civil matters, thousands of families may lose access to financial security, health care, housing, and opportunity.

54 years

For 54 years, CCLA staff and pro bono attorneys have provided comprehensive civil legal services to low-income residents of the Charlotte region.

The CCLA accomplishes its mission through a variety of advocacy strategies, including individual counseling and representation, community education and outreach, group representation, self-help resources, collaboration with other agencies, community economic development, legislative and administrative advocacy, and litigation. of impact.

Demand for CCLA’s services has grown steadily since 2000, two decades ago.

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