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Judge Don Castor Community Law Center

The Center was named for Bay Area Legal Services’ first executive director, Don Castor, who later became a Hillsborough County judge.  Judge Castor provided funding to BALS to establish a resource center for nonprofit organizations and community groups.  The Center:

  • Provides legal and technical assistance to eligible nonprofits and groups that serve low-income communities and their residents throughout our five-county service area;
  • Matches eligible nonprofits and groups with volunteer attorneys who have expertise in business-related legal issues through the Community Counsel Program; and
  • Coordinates training events for nonprofits and groups.

To apply, please complete the online Client Application form.


  • Business Law Advice Clinic for Nonprofits

    Local nonprofits can receive free business law advice from volunteer attorneys on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in downtown Tampa. To find out if your organization is eligible and to schedule an intake appointment, apply online at The Clinic is sponsored by the Judge Don Castor Community Law Center, a project of the Bay Area Legal Services Volunteer Lawyers Program. Volunteer attorneys should register online at