CLIC Celebrates 45 Years of North State Service

CLIC Celebrates 45 Years of North State Service

The Community Legal Information Center (CLIC) at CSU, Chico will celebrate its 45th anniversary on April 11, 2015, in a big way with a dinner and program at Sierra Nevada’s Big Room. Alumni from four-plus decades will reconnect with friends and faculty to recognize the success of a program that now serves more than 16,000 clients a year. CLIC will also kick off its first-ever endowment campaign to raise $2 million, ensuring this important agency’s continued survival.

Program founder and retired political science professor Ed Bronson developed the idea of having students provide free legal help to community members in need, often serving the disadvantaged and other students. This mission remains at the heart of the agency. CLIC is student run with two student administrators and 17 program directors who provide direction for more than 100 interns assisting clients (see most of this year’s board in photo at right). CLIC students work under the guidance of four supervising attorneys, all faculty in the political science department and CLIC alumni themselves. The experience serves as an invaluable entrée into the legal profession. Since 1970, CLIC has expanded to provide assistance in 12 areas of law.

 Chico Consumer Protection Agency intern Giovanna Gaivello says that CLIC has supported her interest in a specialized area of law: “I spend a lot of time conducting in-depth research on bankruptcy, contract disputes, and debt collection and learning to use primary sources … all of this benefits us professionally as we look further into becoming lawyers.”

CLIC internships also attract students to CSU, Chico, according to Housing Law Program Director Lindsey Metzger. “I know that one of our interns came to Chico State just to have the CLIC experience—to get a feel for what it’s like to be a lawyer and see whether they would like it or not before going to law school,” she says.

CLIC remains as vital today as it did 45 years ago for both Chico students and our community members in need of legal help. To learn how you can help support CLIC, call Lise Smith-Peters, advancement associate, at 530-898-3641. If you need CLIC services, call 530-898-4354.