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Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC)

Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC)

Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) provides free legal assistance to low-income and poor people in select areas of civil law in Alameda County. All direct legal assistance is provided through volunteer attorneys on a pro bono basis.

VLSC assists clients and provides opportunities for members of the private bar to participate in pro bono work in two ways: 1) individual client representation through VLSC's pro bono case referral panels; and 2) pro per assistance clinics where volunteer attorneys assist clients with document preparation and provide clients with legal education.

VLSC has twenty-two clinics each month in various areas of law, including: family law, immigration, debt collection defense/bankruptcy, and low-income landlord evictions. Pro bono referral panels include: adoption, bankruptcy, debt collection defense, family law, guardianships, immigration, landlord/tenant, and non-profit corporations. VLSC does not provide assistance in criminal or fee-generating cases.

Benefits and Services Available to Volunteers:

  • Free MCLE training related to VLSC substantive practice areas
  • Discounts on classes and products from Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB)
  • An opportunity to gain client contact and courtroom experience early in your legal career
  • Mentorship by experienced attorneys
  • Recognition in the legal community-each May, VLSC honors its volunteers with a volunteer recognition event
  • Malpractice insurance coverage for all VLSC pro bono work
  • Meeting space and interpreting services upon request at the ACBA
  • An opportunity to use your unique skills to give back to the community and truly make a difference in someone's life

Get involved now!

There are pro bono opportunities that fit your skills and schedules. For more information, contact Elizabeth Hom, Managing Attorney, 510.302.2216 or elizabeth@acbanet.org.

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