Our mission is to provide low cost, high quality legal services to immigrants and refugees who would otherwise not be able to afford help. We can work with you to evaluate your financial data and determine if you are eligible for help through CIAC.
What do we charge?
As part of our mandate and in order to meet the criteria of the Department of Justice Recognition and Accreditation Program, we aim to set our pricing at 25-30% of the going rate for legal services in Pittsburgh. Please see Our Process for more details.
How are we able to do this?
We are supported by Allegheny Center Alliance Church, the Heinz Endowment, the Pittsburgh Block Grant from Zone 4 and most recently 3RPrep. Even with this support, we must partner with other churches, nonprofits and government bodies to help us cover our costs. We work diligently to keep our costs and overhead as low as possible. Please consider supporting our work by visitingGiving.
How can I keep my costs down?
In some cases, rather than entering into a formal attorney-client relationship, we are able to provide a one-time document review service. This can be helpful in situations where your documentation is fully prepared, including supporting paperwork, and you are seeking a professional final review, rather than a full service attorney.
What about Pro-Bono?
Each of our staff members is committed to providing one service each month Pro-Bono. This is provided at the discretion of each staff member, but factors of consideration include illness, abuse, and complexity of the case. Please ask if you would like to be placed on our Pro-Bono waiting list. We have also recently been accepted as member of the Allegheny Center Pro-Bono Center and will be working alongside of this organization to develop a program for volunteer attorneys who would like to assist us in expanding our Pro-Bono services.
We would be glad to help! Please feel free to reach out to us at Contact.