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JDC's Legal Advice and Referral Clinic (LARC)

The Justice & Diversity Center's (JDC) Legal Advice and Referral Clinic

Attorneys, social workers, students or other professionals are invited to volunteer!

For more information, please contact:

Willie Shain
wshain@sfbar.org

415.782.9000 x 8759

This walk-in clinic is open to the general public with the purpose of assisting individuals with legal questions and concerns. Some clients have a particular legal question they need answered, while others have both legal and/or social service concerns.

Between 10 and 12 volunteer attorneys, with different areas of legal expertise, attend each clinic. These attorneys give advice to clients or make appropriate referrals to community agencies and organizations. In addition, there are social service volunteers present at LARC to answer questions and assist individuals in accessing resources. Non-attorney volunteers assist by serving as legal interviewers for LARC clients. Attendance at LARC ranges from 70 to 100 clients each month.

Downtown LARC
UC Hastings College of the Law
198 McAllister Street
Louise B. Mayer Lounge
Second Saturday of each month
Client registration is 10:30 to 12:00pm
Attorneys meet with clients until 3:00pm


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Bayview LARC
Providence Baptist Church of San Francisco
1601 McKinnon Avenue (at Mendell)
One block East from Third Street
Last Saturday of each month
Client registration is 12:00 to 1:30pm
Attorneys meet with clients until 3:00pm


**If you are a client interested in receiving services at LARC, please call our Lawyer Referral and Information Service at 415.989.1616.

Space is limited. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact probono@sfbar.org. Once an email notification of an upcoming clinic is sent out, volunteers will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Volunteer Attorneys
Upon arrival, a legal interviewer screens each client to determine his or her legal problem. As an attorney, you will volunteer providing consultations and referrals in your area of expertise. In addition to attorneys, law students, and paralegals, LARC also has social work volunteers.

Social Service Volunteers
In addition to making legal referrals, LARC also provides social service resources for clients. LARC provides clients with brochures, flyers, and other helpful information about agencies and community resources. LARC is staffed by volunteer social services professionals who provide assistance and referrals to clients in need. Licensed professionals are preferred but not required. As a volunteer social worker you will see clients. Fluency in Spanish and Mandarin or Cantonese is helpful but not required.

Non-Attorney Volunteers
As a non-lawyer volunteer, you will serve as a legal interviewer.You will register clients and write up a brief description of their legal problem, to be used by the volunteer attorney. When registration ends, you will have the opportunity to shadow the attorneys during their client consults until the end of the clinic.

Thanks to PBN Sponsors:

  • ALM

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