CLASI’s mission is to combat injustice through creative and persistent civil legal advocacy on behalf of vulnerable and underserved Delawareans.
In 2018 CLASI adopted a strategic plan to guide its advocacy and development. The plan speaks to our values and commitment to making CLASI the best organization possible—from the perspective of our clients, employees, and the community at large.
CLASI was born when Collins J. Seitz and William Poole, members of the Delaware State Bar Association, established Legal Aid Society of Delaware in 1946 to provide free legal assistance to the poor. Seitz and Poole had been inspired by a speech given by Harrison Tweed, president of the New York Legal Aid Society, at the American Bar Association’s annual meeting in 1945. The initial focus was on family court matters and obtaining benefits for World War II veterans under the G.I. Bill.