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Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation *

  • Location:
    1000 Broadway
    Suite 480
    Oakland, CA 94607
  • Phone: 510-302-2222
  • Fax: 510-452-2224
  • Website: http://www.acbanet.org

Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (Alameda)

Organization Description:

The ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) provides free direct legal assistance to Alameda County's low-income population by mobilizing volunteer attorneys to provide pro bono service. All legal work is performed on a pro bono basis by volunteer attorneys and paralegals; staff coordinates clinics, screens clients and recruits, trains and supports volunteers. VLSC's offers services in the following areas of law: family law, debt collection defense, bankruptcy, guardianship, estate planning, immigration, low-income landlord eviction assistance and assistance to non-profit corporations.

Pro Bono Project Description:

VLSC offers services through: 1) Pro per legal clinics where attorneys and paralegals provide for brief service and legal education; and 2) Pro bono case referral panels where attorneys provide full or limited scope representation.

Clinics:

VLSC holds legal clinics in areas of law, including family law, bankruptcy, guardianship, immigration and assistance to low-income landlords.

Case Referrals:

VLSC provides pro bono referral in areas of law including family law, debt collection defense, bankruptcy, guardianship, estate planning, immigration, low-income landlord eviction assistance and assistance to non-profit corporations.

Mentorship:

VLSC Mentor Program provides one-on-one mentoring and technical assistance to new and/or transitioning pro bono attorneys who have active pro bono cases through VLSC.

To volunteer at a clinic, take on a pro bono case, or to mentor another attorney, please contact Elizabeth Hom, VLSC Director of Access Programs at (510) 302-2216 or elizabeth@acbanet.org.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Alameda
  • Area of law: Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations
  • Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Immigrants, Low Income, Nonprofits, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, Vietnamese
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Evenings, 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: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Volunteer Profile

Kate Powers is an associate in the litigation department at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School where she served as a Notes Editor of the Cornell International Law Journal. She currently volunteers with Her Justice in New York. Read More

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