Our Bar Fund was established in 1988 to help improve the conditions for those in need through a permanent and ongoing source of income.

And we’re proud to say that due to generous donations from people like you, our total grants to date are $782,320.00!

Each year in the fall, CCCBA sponsors a gala event in support of The BAR FUND and to raise consciousness about the need for pro bono legal services for low income members of our community. Events have included our "Never Annual" Trivia Bowl for Access to Justice, and our Chief Justice Ronald M. George Pro Bono Awards Gala.

The Bar Fund Goals

  • Promote and support Pro Bono legal advice, counsel and representation to the County’s poor and needy
  • Maintain equal access to justice
  • Support and improve administration of justice
  • Contribute to wider understanding of the law and legal reform
  • Preserve American heritage of rule by law
  • Encourage elevated standards of legal education and performance

Download this form and donate today: Both members and non-members can use this form to donate.

Many Contra Costa County residents need our help. Recent reports in this county alone indicate that:

  • 83,000 people fall below the federal poverty level—and an even greater number are only just above the federal poverty level
  • 59% of poverty level populations are single mothers with children—again, excluding those in need just above the federal poverty level
  • there are over 100,000 clients that need legal assistance and are unable to get it

US Dept. of Health & Human Services: Read the government’s poverty guidelines for America.

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2017 Grant Recipient

Social Justice Collaborative (SJC)

Social Justice Collaborative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit providing deportation defense and related criminal defense services to low-income non-citizens. SJC believes in promoting an inclusive society. Their mission is to protect and advance the rights of immigrants and their families through legal representation in immigration and criminal court. A group of passionate lawyers and advocates who believe that everyone has the right to be defended from deportation, they provide free and low-cost legal services to low-income individuals who cannot afford private counsel. SJC ensures that everyone can obtain fair representation and the opportunity for just outcomes in their legal matters.

2016 Grant Recipient

Community Violence Solutions, Human Trafficking Prevention and Education Program
Community Violence Solutions is one of the oldest rape crisis centers in California, and has been working to combat sexual assault, sexual abuse, and sexual exploitation since 1974. As the sole provider of 24-hour rape crisis hotline and support services to sexual assault survivors in Contra Costa and Marin counties, CVS provides 24-hour crisis response and support services to victims of all forms of human trafficking; home visiting and case management for families at risk of involvement with the child welfare system, and extensive prevention and education services in public schools, on college campuses, and in the community.

Human Trafficking Prevention and Education Program
Community Violence Solutions has expanded intervention services for identified victims of commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). CCCBA raised funds to assist Community Violence Solutions expand its Prevention and Education Program to add an evidence-based human trafficking prevention curriculum for middle and high school students and through CVS drop in centers. Both target young people identified as at-risk and those referred by law enforcement, juvenile justice and Children and Family Services. The curriculum also includes leadership development opportunities for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

2015 Grant Recipient

The Family Justice Center's Legal Incubator Project
The project is for new or transitioning attorneys starting their own solo, small firm or nonprofit practice. An incubator provides a work environment where attorneys can gain experience in the practice of law and learn how to manage a law practice while being mentored, supervised and taught by experienced attorneys. Incubator attorneys will sign an MOU for 18 months to provide pro bono service in exchange for their training and the incubation of their practice. Ideally, upon completion, incubator graduates will be able to launch a sustainable law practice, providing affordable services in Contra Costa. The Center plans to recruit and incubate eight attorneys, four at each Center. Based on clients' legal needs, the Center will support family, immigration, consumer (debtors rights), housing, estate planning and small business formation law attorneys. The Center provides infrastructure, law practice software, training and mentoring for incubator attorneys.

2014 Grant Recipient

BayLegal’s CCC Homeless Youth Project
This project provides free civil legal advocacy to youth who must seek safe shelter on their own, outside of their families’ homes.  Many of these youth have been abused physically, sexually and emotionally, and many have endured hunger, cold and chaos.  By providing civil advocacy for these youth, and utilizing existing laws to build a youth-centered and transformational foster care system, BayLegal and its partners in the Homeless Youth Project aim to build a comprehensive safety net for youth and move towards the day when no youth begins adulthood in homelessness.

2013 Grant Recipient

Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS)
Elders in Contra Costa County can find free legal help with problems that affect their quality of life through Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS). CCSLS is a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to residents of Contra Costa County who are 60 years of age and over. CCSLS has been tirelessly assisting seniors for over 30 years by focusing on core issues such as housing, consumer finance and elder abuse.

2012 Grant Recipient

Contra Costa High School Law & Justice Academies
Law & Justice Academies are vital because they help students excel academically, prepare for college, and explore careers in the legal field. The academy model is based on meeting the needs of students who are at risk due to poor attendance, low test scores, or because they are economically disadvantaged. Students receive exposure to the legal profession and develop the skills and knowledge needed to embark on advanced professional and academic careers.

2011 Grant Recipient

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa
CASA of Contra Costa provides highly trained Court-approved volunteers to advocate for the needs of abused and neglected children. CASA advocates assist Courts in making timely and more informed decisions in the child's best interests and act as sworn officials of the Court. Over the last 5 years CASA has served approximately 875 children who reside in Contra Costa County.

2010 Grant Recipient

The Elder Law Center (ELC) of The Law Center (TLC).
The Elder Law Center assists Contra Costa County residents who are 65 years of age or older who are victims of elder financial abuse and who need pro bono representation.

Non-profit organizations that provide pro bono legal assistance to Contra Costa County residents in need are encouraged to apply to become a recipient of the Bar Fund's annual grant. Please contact Anne Wolf at (925) 370-2540 or for more information.

Download this form and donate today: Both members and non-members can use this form to donate.

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