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Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance *

Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance

Organization Description:

Established in 1968, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Incorporated (GBLA) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that offers free legal services in civil matters to low-income persons residing in its service area within Kern County, California. Our founding philosophies are deeply rooted with antipoverty programs. We represent those who are unable or too afraid to speak for themselves, either because of racial, economic, social, or legal barriers and consequently have become mere statistics in social and economic research data.

Since 1968, GBLA has helped thousands of low-income individuals, families with young children, seniors and communities with basic legal needs in a wide array of areas including housing and homelessness, domestic violence, guardianship, children and family services, health law, consumer law, employment law and other areas of assistance previously unattainable without the payment of high fees and costs. Many issues we address and provide assistance for involve helping vulnerable populations with access to basic necessities of life, such as health care, decent housing, education, and food. Other issues are aimed at preventing homelessness, reducing domestic violence including protecting children from further exposure to domestic violence, fostering stability of care for children, and ensuring that our elderly live with dignity and respect in an environment free from abuse and neglect.

Pro Bono Project Description:

GBLA helps administer the Volunteer Attorney Program of Kern County, which undertakes the following types of activities: (1) counsel and advice or in-court representation; (2) clinics, including law student clinicals; and (3) community legal education. Interested attorneys should contact the program directly.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Kern
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Consumer, Disability, Elder Law, Health, Homeless, Housing, Immigration & Naturalization, Public Benefits
  • 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: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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