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3 J. Bus. Entrepreneurship & L. 195 (2009-2010)

handle is hein.journals/jbelw3 and id is 197 raw text is: THE NEED FOR A SELF-SUSTAINING
MOBILE LEGAL CLINIC IN WIDESPREAD
URBAN CENTERS
EHSAN ZAFFAR
I. Introduction           ....................................   ................... 195
II. PART I...................................                        .............. 197
A. A Growing Justice Gap...................              .............197
III. PART II........................................199
IV. PART III...............................................202
A. Mobile...........................................202
B. Self-sustaining......................................203
C. Preventative........................................203
D. Immediate          .............................    ................. 204
V. Conclusion              .......................................       .......204
The legal profession owes it to itself that wrongs do not go without a reme-
dy because the injured has no advocate . .. Does the lawyer ask, who is my neigh-
bor? I answer-the poor man deprived of his just dues.
- Charles Evans Hughes,
Speech to the American Bar Association, August, 1920
I. INTRODUCTION
On a sleepy Sunday morning, Allison woke up to the sound of an alarm
clock which should not have been ringing. Wiping the sleep from her eyes, she
plodded towards the bathroom. She had just moved into this new apartment on the
third floor after finally landing her first real, regular paying job in months. Things
were beginning to look up. She'd finally be able to afford healthcare for her
daughter Lisa and have enough money left over to make rent and afford a few
healthy meals for the both of them.1
. Ehsan Zaffar is a practicing attorney in Los Angeles, a graduate of Pepperdine University School of
Law and a Certificate holder in dispute resolution from the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution at
Pepperdine. Mr. Zaffar is the founder and co-director of the Los Angeles Mobile Legal Aid Clinic
(LAMLAC), a self-sustaining, mobile legal aid clinic which focuses on the provision of preventative
legal assistance to low-income individuals throughout Southern California. Mr. Zaffar would like to
thank Tyler White, Ghaith Mahmood and Sana Muttalib for their assistance with this article and for
their continued support of LAMLAC.
1 This vignette is adapted from an amalgamation of several legal aid case studies. Allison's story
represents a typical failed attempt at obtaining legal care. It should be noted that in most cases, indi-

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