The Need For NCLS

St. Louis has one of the largest per capita populations of urban poor, refugees and immigrants in the country. The urban poor are more likely to be targets of consumer fraud, landlord/tenant abuse and other forms of legal oppression than middle class suburbanites. These facts, combined with the deteriorating economy, have over the last five years, created a noticeable increase in the need for pro bono or low cost legal services in metropolitan St. Louis.

NCLS handles the following types of cases:

  • Consumer Fraud
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Debt collection actions
  • Racial and religious discrimination
  • Payday Loans
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Minor Criminal Cases
  • Expungements
  • Driver’s license revocation


We do no currently handle:

  • Felony/Criminal cases
  • Immigration cases
  • Domestic/Child Custody
  • Child support


Do you need legal services? NCLS does a careful screening process before we decide to take a case.

Click here to read our New Client Intake Policies and see if you are qualified.

About the Director

Al W. Johnson is the Director of NCLS. Al has been a practicing attorney for over 35 years and had his own law practice for 20 years. He has broad experience as a litigator with an emphasis on business and commercial litigation. Al has handled everything from small claims consumer fraud cases to multi-million dollar complex commercial litigation.

He has also handled personal injury cases, criminal prosecution and defense, civil rights violations involving both religious discrimination and police misconduct, and a variety of other matters. As a veteran of over 70 jury trials he reevaluated his life and career and decided what provided him with the greatest professional satisfaction was helping those who struggle to afford experienced legal

NCLS Board Members

Hal Bush – Professor, St. Louis University | Chairman of the Board
Ted Boldin – Associate Pastor, Metro Christian Worship Center
Eric Bronner – Attorney at Law
Kurt Eisleben – Retired, First Bank
Melissa Elliot – Co-Owner, J-KEM, Inc.
Priscilla Gunn – Attorney at Law
Aaron Henning – Founder, Harambee Youth Training
Eddie Jones – Program Manager Litzsinger Road Ecology Center
Brandi Miller – Attorney at Law
Kathy Woodard – Retired, Covenant Seminary

Board members, staff and family members at the 2018 Holiday Party