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)
www.baylegal.org

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 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.
  • Economic Security: Assisting clients secure public benefits and eliminate the barriers to employment and self-sufficiency
  • Health Care Access: Assists clients to obtain healthcare services from county and state programs.
  • Consumer Protection: Assist low-income consumers with debt collection, credit reporting, student loan and foreclosure matters through consumer education, pro per clinics, workshops and full representation.

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.

Attorneys interested in volunteering Pro Bono with BayLegal should submit a copy of their resume and Pro Bono application to . The application can be found here. Thank you!

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CASA Case Review Panels

www.cccocasa.org/BecomeaCASAVolunteer.htm

What is a CASA volunteer?

A CASA volunteer (Court Appointed Special Advocate) is appointed to a child or sibling group by a court order of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court.

The goal of a CASA is to prevent abused and neglected children from becoming lost in the Juvenile Dependency system.

When matching a CASA with a child, the objective is to ensure that the child’s best interest is represented.

CASA volunteers—also called citizen advocates—have five essential roles:

  • To be the child’s voice in court, representing his or her best interests
  • To assist the Juvenile Court by researching and assessing the circumstances of each case
  • To report recommendations and findings
  • To monitor the progress of the case as it moves through the system
  • To become a source of support for the child

A CASA’s ultimate goal is to move the child out of temporary placement into a safe and permanent home. This could mean return to the parents, adoption, the appointment of a legal guardian, or some other permanent living arrangement that satisfies the Court and fulfills the child’s needs.

What is a CASA Case Review Panel Volunteer?

The CASA Case Review Panel is a panel discussion with an attorney or therapist who volunteers their time to coordinate the CASA review. The panel includes five CASA volunteers, too.

CASA attorneys or therapists of Contra Costa County hold case reviews four times a month – on the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon and at 5 p.m. Each session lasts an hour and a half to two hours.

Each CASA presents their child’s case to the panel and gets feedback about how to best advocate for the child and what to recommend to the court.

Contact Us

Attorneys or therapists interested in helping CASA of Contra Costa at case review on a volunteer basis should contact:

Bob Salgado
Program Director
Phone: (925) 256-7284 ext 3

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS)
www.ccsls.org

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. Thank you!

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Housing and Economic Rights Advocates (HERA)
www.heraca.org

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. Thank you!

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Lawyers in the Library
www.cccpllib.org

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.

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Rubicon Legal Services (formerly the Hawkins Center)

Your help can make a significant impact on the lives of individuals living in poverty. Rubicon's mission is to transform East Bay communities by equipping them to break the cycle of poverty. Our attorneys counsel and represent participants in Rubicon's employment programs. Practice areas focus on collateral consequences of a criminal record, criminal record remedies, child support, traffic infractions and driver's licenses, consumer law, employment and housing. We also spend considerable time helping our clients navigate legal systems and are always looking for resources in family law, probate, employment and criminal defense. If you are interested in donating your time and legal skills, please contact:

Kelly Dunn, Director of Legal Services
Phone: (510) 620-1160
Email:

Raegan Joern, Managing Attorney
Phone: (510) 620-1163
Email:

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Social Justice Collaborative

Social Justice Collaborative (SJC) is looking for attorneys for their Unaccompanied Minor Pro Bono Program, which seeks to increase representation of minors who are fleeing violence or other harm in their home countries. SJC seeks a diverse range of attorneys from solo to mid-size practitioners, as well as large firm counsel who want to support a vulnerable minor going through removal proceedings. Removal is an administrative adversarial process whereby the US government is actively seeking to remove a minor from the United States. The assistance of a pro bono attorney will dramatically affect each minor for the rest of their lives in the United States and potentially help family members as well.

View more info on requirements.

Please reach out to the pro bono coordinator at Social Justice Collaborative by emailing your letter of interest or resume and contact information to:

Email:

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