About Us

Youth CoachesFounded in 2010, Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) is a 501c3 non-profit community based organization in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.


LCLC’s vision is to raise up justly treated youth who are embraced by their families and community, restored from trauma, empowered to lead, and free from the criminal justice system.


LCLC’s mission is to show and share the love of Jesus by providing legal services grounded in restorative justice for youth in the Lawndale area.


Our values are an extension of the eight key components established by the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA).  LCLC was founded by the Lawndale Christian Community Church in 2010.

Who We Serve

LCLC exclusively serves youth from the Lawndale area, age 24 and younger, at every point in the criminal justice system: diversion, pre-trial, trial, and any sentencing period of probation, supervision, or parole.


In March of 1978, God called and set apart a small group of Jesus-followers in Lawndale, mostly high school aged youth, to form Lawndale Community Church. These young founders did something atypical of the church; they listened to their community. The community said they needed quality affordable legal services, and prayers for that were made.

In 1983, the church published a Five-Year Report in which they stated they believed God was leading them to expand their ministries to include legal aid. Although many attempts to provide legal services were made over the years, it was not until November 2009, when the church purchased the historic “BBR” building in North Lawndale on 16th and Hamlin, that they were ready to start a legal center. By January 2010, the church’s Deacon Board and Outreach Board unanimously approved to establish a legal center in the “BBR” building.

On February 24, 2010, a Board of Directors composed of nine seasoned leaders from Lawndale Community Church voted to birth a new ministry called the Lawndale Christian Legal Center (LCLC) with Cliff Nellis, a University of Chicago Law graduate, as the Lead Attorney and Executive Director.