Columbus Community Legal Services offers four distinct clinical courses: the Civil Practice Clinic; the Families and the Law Clinic; the Advocacy for the Elderly Clinic; and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic.
The Civil Practice Clinic (CPC) is a general practice law office that is designed to serve the legal needs of financially eligible District of Columbia residents. The caseload of the clinic encompasses a range of civil law matters, including housing, consumer, family, probate, employment, and public benefits. Students have the opportunity to learn the personal and professional skills involved in providing and client-centered representation.
The Families and the Law Clinic (FALC) is designed to help students develop lawyering skills through practical experience, to take on cases of domestic violence, family law, and immigration law. By representing persons who would otherwise proceed pro se, FALC students gain hands-on experience while learning the dynamics of domestic violence and poverty.
CCLS’s Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) provides direct representation to low-income taxpayers in controversies with the IRS dealing with such issues as return filing, IRS correspondence examinations and IRS face-to-face examinations, IRS collections, and appeals to the IRS. CCLS's LITC will also assist taxpayers with judicial review before the United States Tax Court as necessary. The clinic will also develop a tax payer education workshop which will cover such topics as an overview of the IRS and Federal Income Tax systems, the importance of proper completion of the W-4, different filing statuses, dependents, deductions and various tax credits, specifically, but not limited to, Earned Income Tax Credit, home ownership credits, child credits and education credits. At each tax payer education workshop tax payers will also have an opportunity to obtain limited advice and consultation regarding their personal tax issues.
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