Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.

Serving the Tennessee counties of Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale and Tipton.
Hablas Espanol? Póngase en contacto con nosotros en el (901) 523-8822.
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Welcome to Memphis Area Legal Services, Inc.’s Website

Harrison D. McIverMemphis Area Legal Services, Inc. (MALS) entered its fifth decade with the same commitment and determination that inspired 30 members of the legal profession in the wake of Dr. Martin Luther King’s death to coalesce around a shared vision to establish an organization whose single purpose was to provide means by which the legal problems of the poor could be addressed.

Today, MALS continues that tradition of "excellence in legal advocacy," as a non-profit law firm geared to provide the highest quality legal assistance possible to the most vulnerable residents of our community. 

Even with a dedicated staff, it cannot meet the overwhelming need today because the "justice gap" is widening exacerbated by the economic woes of our time. As the recent national census reveal, more than 57 million individuals live at or below the poverty line, representing an increase of 14 million since the 2000 census.

While MALS is completely aware of the economics of the times, but notwithstanding, should this community not support legal services to the most vulnerable members of our community – individuals with limited income, largely women and children, the elderly, and the disabled, it will mean the difference in having food , shelter, income and living in a safe and healthy environment.

What can you do? Simply, volunteer your time willingly and generously contribute $325.00 minimally, or just give what you are able to give to the 2013 Campaign for Equal Justice.

Again, welcome to our website and thank you! We hope you find it informative and leave with a better understanding of the various activities and important services we provide our community.
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Client Services

Serving Shelby County

Our Memphis office, located in downtown Memphis at:

22 N. Front St., 11th Floor
The Falls Building
Memphis, TN  38103

serves the needs of clients in Memphis, Shelby County. The downtown Memphis office is less than two blocks from the county and federal courts and very near public transportation bus routes.

Hours of Operation:   8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.   901-523-8822.

Public Transportation:   Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) provides public transportation to the downtown Memphis area.  The two nearest stops to our downtown Memphis office are: Front and Adams and Jefferson and Second.  You may also secure a transfer at the Main Terminal downtown to take the trolley to a stop very near our office.  To plan a bus trip to our downtown Memphis location, click here.

MATAplus, designed to meet the transportation needs of persons with disabilities in the Memphis urbanized areas, will transport a disabled person to our Memphis office. To request an application, from 8:00am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday call MATAplus at 901-722-7105 or 901-722-7140 or by TTY at 901-523-2817 .  To make a reservation, call 901-722-7171.

For more information you may call the MATA hotline at 901-274-6282 (Hearing and speech impaired may call 901-523-2817) or visit

Directions: Click here or use the map below to get driving directions to our Memphis office.

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Special Projects located in the Memphis office:

EarnBenefits Program
Home Preservation Project
Memphis Fair Housing Center
Opportunities Plus Program
Pro Se Divorce Workshop
Senior Component