Memphis Area Legal Services cuts ribbon for new location

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS), the “leading provider” of civil legal representation to low-income families in four West Tennessee counties, has a new location.

On Friday, the company held a ribbon cutting to celebrate its new goal of reaching more people who need representation. Last year, the company reached 2,000 of the 4,000 people who requested its services. They say the new building will help them serve more people.

“This number is unacceptable to me,” said Cindy Ettingoff, CEO and General Counsel of MALS.

Company executives also said the new location would help them pay more lawyers and increase technology.

“I know in the legal aid world you can usually serve between a third and half of the people who come to you, but we can do better,” Ettingoff said.

Founded in 1968, MALS aims to help individuals and families facing critical and life-threatening situations such as domestic violence, mortgage foreclosure, eviction, homelessness, wrongful denial of health care, food stamps , unemployment compensation, consumer fraud, predatory lending and special challenges. children or the elderly.

Shelby, Fayette, Tipton and Lauderdale counties are the locations served by MALS.

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