In March of 1978, God called and set apart a small group of Jesus-followers in Lawndale, mostly high school aged youth, to form Lawndale Community Church. These young founders did something atypical of the church; they listened to their community. The community said they needed quality affordable legal services, and prayers for that were made.
In 1983, the church published a Five-Year Report in which they stated they believed God was leading them to expand their ministries to include legal aid. Although many attempts to provide legal services were made over the years, it was not until November 2009, when the church purchased the historic “BBR” building in North Lawndale on 16th and Hamlin, that they were ready to start a legal center. By January 2010, the church’s Deacon Board and Outreach Board unanimously approved to establish a legal center in the “BBR” building.
On February 24, 2010, a Board of Directors composed of nine seasoned leaders from Lawndale Community Church voted to birth a new ministry called the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (“LCLC”).
LCLC is a Christian, charitable legal center that cares for the legal needs of the underserved and marginalized by representing individuals regardless of their ability to pay. We walk alongside our clients wholistically by meeting their legal needs with special care through the love of Jesus.
Our mission is to come alongside youth and young adults twenty-four years old and younger who live in North Lawndale and are involved in the juvenile and adult criminal courts. Through quality legal representation, compassionate social health services, and one-on-one mentoring, our mission is to help our youth and young adults become good citizens and leaders of our community.