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Homeless Legal Assistance Project (HLAP)


In 1989, students and attorneys who were concerned about the lack of legal services accessible to the homeless established the Arizona State University College of Law Homeless Legal Assistance Project. The project started with one homeless facility in the community, and it gradually expanded to meet the Valley's growing needs. Today, our volunteers visit five facilities in the Phoenix area: CASS, UMOM, La Mesita, Victory Place, and EVMC.

The Homeless Legal Assistance Project is a student-run organization. Law students and attorneys come together to help homeless individuals throughout the valley, access the legal assistance that they need. Students receive pro bono hours for their participation and gain unique experience by interacting with clients on a one-on-one basis, applying their academic knowledge to real-life situations, and learning first-hand about the local homelessness crisis. Attorney volunteers come from all sectors of the profession and bring with them a broad range of experience.

To gain more information about ASU's Homeless Legal Assistance Project join our facebook group at: To join our mailing list email

Student Leader(s)

Program Director: Shannon Brien

CASS Shelter Co-Director: Sarah Lemelman

CASS Shelter Co-Director: Katie Wingate

La Mesita Shelter Director: Caroline Witz

EVMC Shelter Director: Clara Acosta

EVMC Assistant Shelter Director: James Bigbee

UMOM Shelter Director: Molly Podlesny

Victory Place Shelter Director: Ashley Gomez


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