Open Door Legal

Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil representation and working to show that when everyone has access to the law, poverty can be dramatically reduced. Our mission is to provide free legal representation, for all civil cases, to residents of the southeast side of San Francisco who live in zip codes 94124, 94134, and 94107. Long-term, we plan to replicate our services across San Francisco, make this city the first in the country with universal access to civil representation, and become a model for national replication. We’re only going to achieve this if we continue our tradition of hiring the best possible people.

Open Door Legal represents clients in custody/visitation hearings in family law court, prevents illegal evictions, drafts living trusts, sues employers for illegal discrimination, files for changes in immigration status for individuals, assists clients in improving their credit scores, and helps with almost every other civil legal matter.

We won the 2015 Google Impact Challenge and we’ve been recognized by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for our innovative, results-oriented program.

We believe injustice is the heart of poverty and we invite you to join us in having a systemic impact on how we, as a society, ensure justice for the poor. Our team is extremely passionate, quixotic, energetic, loves tackling tough problems, and believes in continuous personal growth.

How Can I Volunteer?
We utilize volunteers across the full range of our services and operations – everything from investigations to case management to communications. Volunteers allow us to expand our impact far beyond what we could achieve otherwise, and in return we provide the opportunity for you to expand your professional skills while learning about the issues facing people in marginalized communities.

In-House Attorneys
Our main practice groups include housing, family, consumer, employment/real property, litigation/small claims, affirmative litigation, and estate planning/senior law.

New Lawyers and Law Grads: We strive to rapidly train the next generation of lawyers through our fast-paced, diverse practice. We teach practical skills in client management, fact analysis, and argument that are useful no matter where your career takes you.

Flexible Schedule for Lawyers with Families: We have several attorneys who volunteer with us part-time while raising their children. We provide flexible hours, immediate impact, and the chance to further develop your legal skills.

Pro Bono Counsel
Whether working as part of a firm or a solo practice, our flexible co-counseling policy lets experienced attorneys get involved at many different levels. Where co-counsel is not versed in the law, we provide ongoing support and training.

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All volunteers get access to free Practicing Law Institute programs that grant MCLE credits.

(415) 735-4124

For help or general inquiries, contact Virginia Taylor at
For more information about joining our Pro Bono Counsel network, contact Julia Dalzell at