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Disability Rights California - San Diego Office

Disability Rights California works to bring about fairness and justice for people with disabilities by filing individual and class action lawsuits, providing information to clients about disability rights issues, and helping build peer/self advocacy groups and community partnerships. We are committed to ensuring that people with disabilities have the right to live in the most integrated settings, as required by the ADA and U.S. Supreme Court in its Olmstead decision.



Disability Rights CA has five offices, including one in San Diego that serves clients in 4 southern counties. We help adults and children with disabilities regarding special education, public benefits, health and mental health services, housing, juvenile justice, and discrimination in housing and employment. We also work with with clients in locked facilities, including mental hospitals, developmental centers, juvenile halls and county jails.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Diego
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Disability, Education, Health, Housing, Prisoners, Public Benefits
  • Populations Served: Individuals with physical/mental disabilities, Persons with Disabilities
  • Opportunities For: Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: Yes
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Hotline staffing, Legal Research, Litigation: Appellate, Litigation: Class actions, Litigation: Impact
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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