CLEA Per Diem Project

The CLEA Per Diem Project was launched in 2003 to learn about, acknowledge and financially support social justice work in the community hosting the annual clinical legal education conference.

The recipient of this year’s Per Diem Project Award -- selected by local clinicians -- is California Rural Legal Assistance.   From the CRLA website (  “CRLA has 21 offices, many in rural communities from the Mexican border to Northern California.  Each year, we provide more than 40,000 low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Half of our resources are committed to multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty. The impact of CRLA's litigation has touched the lives of literally millions of low-income individuals, improving conditions for farm workers, new immigrants, single parents, school children, the elderly, people with disabilities, and entire communities.” Jose Padilla, the Executive Director of CRLA, will speak at the conference on May 6, 2015.

Tax-deductible donations to the Per Diem Project can be made in two ways:

  • You can give on-line via PayPal on the CRLA website:  Click on the “Donate” link in the upper right hand corner and in the “Purpose” box, please write Per Diem Project, so that CRLA can keep track of the donations.
  • You can bring your checkbook or your cash with you to Rancho Mirage and give at the luncheon on May 6. All checks should be made payable to CRLA with a notation on the memo line that the check is for the Per Diem Project.

CRLA brings vitally needed services that help alleviate the crushing poverty experienced by the rural poor. If every member makes a donation of just $50 we can provide an amazing financial boost to the good work that they do! Help us hit our mark by making your donation today.

Leigh Goodmark, Karla McKanders, and Cynthia Batt on behalf of the Per Diem Project

2015 Recipient:
California Rural Legal Assistance


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