“Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I know that the Lord secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy.” Psalm 140:12
Mission Waco Legal Services (MWLS) was founded in 2012 to provide access to affordable legal services for those who are unable to afford the services of a private attorney. Since that time, MWLS has served over 1,000 individuals and families through direct legal advocacy, free monthly legal advice clinics, and legal empowerment workshops.
MWLS helps remove legal barriers in a manner that empowers clients to overcome life’s obstacles and pursue justice through compassionate, holistic advocacy. Client and community advocates help connect applicants to other necessary social services and support the community in the creation of lasting solutions to systemic problems.
Mission Statement: MWLS exists to provide affordable, compassionate, holistic, and community-driven legal services to low-income, moderate-income, and marginalized individuals, families, and communities in order to promote increased quality of life for all people.
MWLS offers the following services:
Direct Legal Advocacy – For those who are unable to afford the services of a private attorney, MWLS offers direct legal advocacy in the following areas:
First Monday Legal Clinics – MWLS hosts a free legal advice clinic for low-income individuals, typically on the first Monday evening of each month. Applicants meet with volunteer attorneys for 30 minute consultations to get general advice about their legal issues. Appointments are strongly encouraged.
Holistic Advocacy: Social workers and community advocates are available to help with applicants’ other needs.
Legal Workshops: MWLS helps prevent legal issues through proactive education programs. MWLS attorneys are available to give informational workshops regarding immigration, barriers to employment, housing, and basic estate planning.
*** Making and keeping an appointment does not guarantee legal representation or acceptance of your case ***
Fees: We charge small fees for most of our services. However, no one will be denied services based on an inability to pay. Please DO NOT let lack of money to pay the fees keep you from contacting our office with questions about our services.
Together we will seek love and justice for you and our community.
Compelled by the teachings and love of Jesus Christ, Mission Waco Legal Services serves, advocates for, and empowers people in need regardless of race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.