The free legal Aid service of the Legal Aid Center was limited to Mekelle and its surroundings until 2009. The main reason for such limited service was budget constraints together with lack of human resource. In 2010, the LAC in collaboration with the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission opened four new branch centers in the Zonal towns of Axum, Adigrat, Miachew and Mekelle High court area. In order to provide and effective service to the community, the Center hired diploma graduate legal Clerks in each Zonal Branch Center. Currently, the LAC has six Centers; two in Mekelle, one in Mekelle Prison Center and other three in Axum, Adigrat and Maichew towns respectively.
The LAC is administered by a director who is an academic staff assigned from the department of Law. The director is supported by two vice Directors who are similarly an academic staff of the same department.
The director is responsible for the day-to-day activity of the center. In particular, the director has the duty: to follow up the progress of the centers; to initiate and design specific projects; submit periodic report to the Department head and to project partners; to keep and maintain external communications, and to enforce such other duties as necessary. On the other hand, the Assistant administrator handles all administrative matters such staff recruitment, staff development; and he/she also has the duty to follow up, maintain, activate and promote the legal Aid data base; he/she has also the duty to follow up the enforcement of the legal aid service providing code of conduct. On the other hand as its title suggests the Centers coordinator is in charge of supervision, management, and coordination of the centers’ activities. In particular, the centers coordinator has the responsibility to keep records of the activities of the centers and to communicate and update the project director.
The technical/professional team is primarily responsible for delivering the professional service that the Center was established for, i.e., free legal service and clinical legal education. The technical team include: Two research and community service officers, and one case manager for each centers. The technical/ professional team members have the duty to maintain regular attendance in the center that they are placed. In particular, they have the duty: to perform their task diligently; to demonstrate relevant competence; to respect and comply with the legal aid code of conduct. In addition to the center administrative and technical staffs volunteers and clinical students are in charge to achieve the objectives of the center.