Legal Aid and Consultancy Centre was established in 1987, is an independent non-governmental organization LACC is a pioneer in the field of providing free legal aid and combating gender based violence for promoting women’s access to justice. It was founded by Prof. Dr Shanta Thapalia accompanying with women group of lawyers with the goal of promoting and protecting the rights and interests of women and children in Nepal. LACC is dedicated to protect and promote the dignity, well-being and rights of women and children in Nepal.
It is committed to uplifting the social, political, legal, economic and cultural status of women and children, defending their interests and eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence against them.
What is LACC and what it does?
LACC is a pioneer organization led and run by women advocate for over 30 years with the aim to promote human rights and humanity. LACC was established in 1987 and the first organization to provide free legal services and advocacy for women and children. We have a committed team of dedicated female lawyers and experts as well as helpline for counseling, mediation, pleading, drafting court representation and implementation of cases, free of charge to all our clients. LACC also helped lead the property rights movement for women that led to successful policy change back in 2059 B.S. We conduct research to find the gaps in policies and advocate for policy changes, proper implementation existing laws and policies and amendment. We also organize different outreach programs such as mobile camps in communities and legal awareness campaigns for women at the grass root level. Most importantly, LACC is building a future generation of strong female lawyers through mentoring, clinical legal education,capacity building and leadership trainings.
As a pioneer legal resource organization, it is dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of women, development of their socio-legal status and protection of child rights. LACC's approach to combating injustice is comprehensive and interconnected. Provision of institutional free legal aid is LACC’s core service. This service includes telephone counseling, initial psycho-social counseling, mediation, legal advice, paralegal services and case representation. LACC is committed in achieving its aims through different areas covering policy intervention, human rights training, dissemination of legal information, sensitisation, documentation, fact-finding, research, publications, advocacy campaigns, lobbying, and networking. Besides these LACC has also been involved in drafting of legislative bills and legal publication activities.
The organisation works in three levels:
The organisation has been lobbying the Government to meet its obligations under international human rights instruments to which the Government of Nepal (GoN) is a signatory. Collaboration with likeminded organisations to influence legislative reform and public policy, conduct research and providing legal inputs, guidance and recommendations to law makers, is yet other endeavour of LACC to pressurise Government for empowerment and equitable development.
At the regional level, LACC undertakes its activities such as free legal aid, advocacy cum awareness programmes, sensitisation programmes, workshops, seminars and so on. The other main activity in regional level includes are training, research and publication.
LACC believes that unless and until the grassroots communities are empowered, real and equitable development is far to attain. Thus keeping the motto to uplift the standard of grassroots communities, LACC has been organising various activities from time to time. The activities LACC has been organising in grassroots level are - awareness raising for gender sensitisation, survey studies, Legal publications, Advocacy and training on equal property rights, vital registration and citizenship rights, Advocacy on Sustainable development goals, Legal literacy and so on.
Current Executive Board
- Anita Neupane Thapalia – Chair Person
- Prof. Dr. Sabitri Malla – Vice Chair Person
- Advocate Rabina Shresha – General Secretary
- Ms. Hemlata Mudbhari Dhital – Treasurer
- Advocate Shital Subedi – Member
- Advocate Uma Tamang - Member
- Advocate Sajani Joshi – Member
- Assistant Prof Manisha Poudel – Member
- Ms. Manju Pandey - Member
Founder of LACC
- Prof. Dr. Shanta Thapalia
- Dr. Sudhakar Anil Thapalia - Member
- Adv. Mahendra Prasai - Member
- Adv. Suryakiran Gurung - Member
- Adv.Santam Singh Khadka - Member
Advisory of LACC
- Adv. Mahendra Prasai
- Prof. Dr. Shashi Adhikary (former chairperson of LACC)
- Sr. Adv. Bijaya Kanta Mainali