AIDS Legal Referral Panel

AIDS Legal Referral Panel (San Francisco)

Organization Description

The AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) provides free and low-cost legal services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area. Three-quarters of ALRP clients subsist on incomes of less than $20,000 a year, and a myriad of legal issues threaten their ability to maintain shelter, food, employment, access to medical care, and freedom from discrimination. Our legal assistance helps people fulfill basic needs and alleviates the stress that threatens the health of people living with HIV.

We rely on dedicated attorneys to provide counseling and representation on virtually any civil matter to persons living with HIV/AIDS. This includes housing, wills & trusts, immigration, bankruptcy, employment, insurance, confidentiality matters, family law, government benefits, tax, and public accommodations. ALRP has over 700 volunteer attorneys who provide legal help to those who need it most - and can afford it least.

Benefits of Joining the ALRP Panel:
• Mentorship from experienced ALRP volunteer attorneys
• Over 20 free MCLE trainings a year
• Substantive legal materials and sample forms
• Free malpractice insurance for all ALRP referrals
• Patient and grateful clients

We are always looking for volunteer attorneys to help meet the multifaceted needs of our clients. To learn more about joining the ALRP Panel, please visit

If you have any questions, please contact:
Jennifer Schuster, Volunteer Coordinator

**If you are a client interested in receiving ALRP services, please leave us a message at (415) 701-1100 or visit

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, Sonoma
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Employment, Family & Juvenile, HIV/AIDS, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Public Benefits, Taxes, Personal Injury; Probate
  • Populations Served: Asylum Seekers, Communities of Color, HIV, Immigrants, Lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, Women
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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