Legal Services and CAALP
ASA’s Legal Services and
CAALP provide valuable legal assistance to people living with HIV and AIDS in
Central Texas. Our in-house attorney responds to many cases personally in
addition to leading The Capital Area AIDS Legal Project, or CAALP, which provides
pro bono legal services for low income people who are living with HIV and AIDS.
Through referrals to local
volunteer attorneys in the community, CAALP undertakes to assist people with a
broad range of civil legal issues, including but not limited to, life
planning, insurance, discrimination, confidentiality, immigration, public
benefits, landlord-tenant disputes, probate and family law.
With respect to most
emergency civil legal matters, CAALP assists quailified applicants through use
of in-house resources while a referral is pending. In addition, CAALP provides valuable client
education in some civil matters in a layperson format in order to empower its
clients with a general knowledge of their legal rights and assist them in
spotting potential legal needs before a legal emergency arises. CAALP, through its referral service and
client education, is working to become a primary legal resource in its service
In 2009, CAALP opened 195 separate case
matters, representing 230 people helped.
CAALP officially formed in
1990 as a program of AIDS Services of Austin. A volunteer-based organization,
CAALP provides free legal assistance to
individuals affected by HIV/AIDS whose income is at or below 125% of the
federal poverty guidelines. Since 1990,
CAALP has helped more than 3,000 HIV infected people in central Texas.
CAALP made possible by the Texas Bar Foundation.