What is probono.net /bayarea and How Does It Work?

Probono.net/BayArea, the San Francisco Bay Area's online gateway to pro bono, is a joint project of The Bar Association of San Francisco's Volunteer Legal Services Program and Pro Bono Net. The mission of the site is three-fold:

  • to use information technology to increase the amount and quality of legal services provided to low-income individuals and communities by pro bono lawyers
  • to faciliate matching pro bono opportunities and cases with interested attorneys in all Bay Area counties
  • to create a virtual community of public interest lawyers that brings together pro bono, legal services and academic sectors of the profession

All visitors to probono.net/bayarea can access the Pro Bono Programs guide, to learn about opportunities; and a calendar of legal and social services trainings. Pro bono attorneys, students or other qualified professionals can easily register on the Web site for free access to a wide range of resources helpful for their pro bono work in four major practice areas of civil law: Homelessness/Immigration, Eviction Defense, Family Justice, and Business Law. The online support and resources in each practice area include:

  • a library of training manuals, briefs and practice materials
  • current news articles and links
  • a message board that allows members of the practice area to communicate with one another

To access all of these resources, just choose your practice area of interest from the left-hand side of this page and click "Join this Area."  If you have any questions, please contact VLSP's Probono.net administrator at probono@sfbar.org or call them at 415.982.1600.