The records of the California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) contain administrative files, litigation files, and special
program and subject files, dating from the founding of the organization in 1966 through circa 2000. Materials in the collection
document CRLA's ongoing work to provide legal aid to farmworkers and the rural poor in California.
Founded in 1966 through a grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
was the first federally-funded rural legal services program as well as the first such statewide program. CRLA provides legal
services to farmworkers, particularly migrant farmworkers, and the rural poor in California. James D. Lorenz Jr. was the founding
director of CRLA and organizers César Chávez, Dolores Huerta and Larry Itliong were all members of its founding Board. There
have now been five other directors: Cruz Reynoso, Martin R. Glick, Richard Baca, Alberto Saldamando, and the current director,
José R. Padilla, whose tenure began in 1984.
406.0 Linear feet
(167 manuscript boxes; 214 cartons; 7 half-boxes)
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