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Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino *

Legal Aid Society of San Bernardino

Organization Description:

Legal Aid provides free attorney consultations and prepares legal documents which allow low income residents access to the court system to address problems with family law, guardianships, conservatorships, individual rights, landlord/tenant and foreclosure disputes. Clients seeking court orders are educated, provided the prepared legal documents and procedural information allowing these clients to personally and proactively address legal dilemmas. Clients attain improved knowledge, which allows them to make informed decisions; and, they are assisted through the process to take lawful action resolving disputes toward more peaceful home life, stabilized income, access to healthcare services, and more self-sufficient lifestyles.

Pro Bono Project Description:

Legal Clinics:We host Legal Clinics at our office in San Bernardino on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. on a walk-in, first come first serve basis. We also deliver services to five other sites as follows:

• 2nd Monday of each month, at 1:30 p.m., Neighborhood Activity Center, 5201 N. "D" St., Chino, CA 91710
• 1st Monday of each month, at 5:30 p.m., Family Resource Center, 9791 Arrow Rt., Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
• 1st & 3rd Tuesdays/ month, at 1:30 p.m.: Victorville Seniors Club, 14874 S. Mojave Dr., Victorville, CA 92392
• 4th Tuesday/month at 12:00pm, behind the Cora Harper Fitness Center, 851 Barstow Rd., Barstow, CA 92311
• 2nd & 4th Thursdays/month, at 11:00am, Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Av., Joshua Tree, CA 92252

At each site, clients must be present upon opening. They can consult with an attorney on a broad spectrum of issues, and if pursuing Pro Se litigation, are then interviewed to secure needed information. Legal Aid staff prepares all case files at the San Bernardino office, then returns the files to the client, with procedural information, at the clinic site of the client's choice.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: San Bernardino
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Housing
  • Populations Served: Children, Communities of Color, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Low Income, Military/Veterans, Persons with Disabilities, Women, Working poor and unemployed
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • 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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