Other Pro Bono Opportunities
CCCBA helps many legal services providers in Northern California recruit pro bono attorneys. We have included the list here and take an active role in supporting each organization’s important work.
- Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)
- Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS)
- Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)
- Lawyers in the Library
- Rubicon Legal Services formerly the Hawkins Center
Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)
BayLegal is the largest provider of free civil legal services throughout the Bay Area.
BayLegal’s services include: advice; referrals; limited scope assistance; extended representation; public policy and impact advocacy; trainings; outreach; and community education. They are committed to providing meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language or disability.
BayLegal focuses on the four priority areas identified by clients and the community as the most pressing:
- Domestic Violence Prevention: Assists domestic violence survivors to escape the violence and create a safe and stable environment for themselves and their families through Family Law, Restraining Order, and Immigration assistance.
- Housing Preservation: Assists clients to access and preserve safe affordable housing free of discrimination, with specific focus on Eviction defense and Fair Housing.
- Access to Health Care: Assists clients to obtain healthcare services from county and state programs.
- Economic Security: Assists clients to secure public benefits and eliminate the barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.
BayLegal incorporates attorneys and volunteers throughout its work, including volunteers who work directly in one of its offices or clinics or who provide assistance to BayLegal clients through existing pro bono programs. They provide training and ongoing mentorship to all volunteers along with primary malpractice insurance.
Bay Legal website: Visit the website, or contact Genevieve Richardson, Director of Pro Bono Activities, directly at for details and information about volunteering your skills and expertise. And thank you!
Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS)
CCSLS is a private, non-profit agency that provides free legal services to seniors 60 years of age and older. Its services cover civil legal matters such as housing, income maintenance, elder abuse, and consumer protection.
CCSLS seeks to provide the broadest possible access to its services in order to resolve legal problems that adversely affect basic needs associated with advancing age. They give priority to cases in those areas of law particularly relevant to the needs of the elderly and not otherwise addressed by other legal services programs.
CCSLS currently serves approximately 1,000 seniors per year with direct legal services, and an additional 600 through our outreach and educational programs.
Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS) website: Visit the website and contact CCSLS directly for details and information about volunteering your skills and expertise to help the elderly. And thank you!
Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)
HERA is a California statewide, not-for-profit legal service and advocacy organization. Its mission is to ensure that all people are protected from discrimination and economic abuses, especially in the realm of housing.
HERA focuses particularly on the needs of those who are most vulnerable, which includes lower-income people, the elderly, immigrants, people of color and people with disabilities.
HERA also maintains a library of useful legal pleadings to help consumer attorneys that help the public. In order to access these pleadings, a quick membership is required.
HERA website: To volunteer, arrange for training or to discuss the possibility of co-counseling, visit the website and contact the HERA staff directly. And thank you!
Lawyers in the Library
Help pro per litigants in Contra Costa County. Your participation is essential to make this program a success! To volunteer, please contact:
The Congress of Neutrals
1300 Civic Drive, Suite 102
Walnut Creek, California 94596
Phone: (925) 937-3008
The Contra Costa County Law Library, in conjunction with The Congress of Neutrals, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is pleased to offer this free program to pro per litigants. The program is scheduled once a month.
As a volunteer attorney you will provide 20 minutes of general advice and guidance to a pro per litigant. Advice will be of a general nature, and each pro per litigant will be required to sign a waiver indicating that no attorney-client relationship will be created.
Contra Costa County Law Library website: Visit the website for contact information and more details about volunteering your skills and expertise to help pro per litigants.
RUBICON LEGAL SERVICES (formerly the Hawkins Center)
Your help can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals living in poverty and living with mental illness or other disabilities that we serve. We welcome attorneys with varying levels of experience and interests and we will do our best to make the right match for you. For more information about pro bono opportunities with Rubicon refer to How You Can Make an Impact. If you are interested in donating your time and legal skills, please contact:
Kelly Dunn, Director of Legal Services
Phone: (510) 620-1160
Rosemary Dady, Managing Attorney
Phone: (510) 620-1144