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Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation *

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, debt collection defense, 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 Managing Attorney at (510) 302-2216 or elizabeth@acbanet.org.

  • County 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
  • Does the organization provide malpractice insurance 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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