The Citizen Advocacy Center is an award winning, non-profit, non-partisan, free community legal organization founded in 1993 that builds democracy by strengthening the citizenry's capacities, resources, and institutions for self-governance.
CAC operates through the use of community lawyers. We protect the public’s rights and resources and promote meaningful participation in the democratic process. CAC engages in a holistic approach to building democracy through community organizing, coalition building, legal advocacy, civic education, and litigation to make government more accountable, accessible, and transparent. CAC increases democratic protocols at every level of government and develops the voice of the public. Efforts that start at the local level often result in statewide initiatives to address anti-democratic barriers rooted in state law.
The public can utilize CAC by:
asking questions of our community lawyers on matters of public concern.
attending our training workshops and learning about civic issues and solutions.
obtaining free civic resource materials, including lesson plans for teachers.
gaining skills to optimally participate in civic affairs such as addressing public boards, utilizing media.
volunteering or interning with us. We've now built a whole new generation of active citizens, lawyers, community leaders.
The CAC's work is made possible by individual donations and select foundation grants.