If interested in a current pro bono opportunity, please email:communityserviceprobono@sfpa.com.

 

Current Pro Bono Opportunities

 Pro Bono Opportunity  Description
 


 

 

 

Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) is a nonprofit law firm founded in 1968 that works to advance, protect and promote the legal rights of communities of color, low income persons, immigrants,  refugees, and other historically disadvantaged groups. Their offices are close to the Embarcadero Bart station in San Francisco.


Volunteer Paralegals are needed to perform Intake Interviews at their office for the Immigration Justice Program. After the interview,  an intake memorandum summarizing the interview will be completed and submitted to an LCCR staff attorney for review.  This is an exciting opportunity to hone your interview and critical thinking skills while volunteering to support a well know civil rights organization.    


LCCR asks that the volunteer commit to either a full day, or a minimum of four hours on Fridays. Office hours are 9 - 5 pm. Training will be provided.  The ideal candidate will be able to commit to at least two Friday days a month and volunteers must commit to performing the Intake duties at least 6 times.


Interested applicants are asked to complete the online volunteer application on the LCCR website. Go to http://www.lccr.com/get-involved/volunteer-opportunities/application-form/ 


Spanish speaking skills are a plus but all are welcome to apply.  If you are bi-lingual please check the box for Foreign Language Proficiency and list the 2nd language in the text box below. 


When completing the form please be sure to follow the instructions below:

Areas of Interest: Direct Services - check the box for Asylum Program. 

Areas of Interest: Impact Litigation- check the box Immigrant and Refugee Rights

What types of Volunteer opportunities are you interest in?- check the box Volunteer in-office. 

Text Box:  Enter that you are a paralegal and want to help with intake interviews and indicate how often you can volunteer. 


Please also send your resume to Carlos Mojica, at  volunteer@lccr.com.

 


Bay Area Legal Aid's mission is to provide high quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language, or disability. BayLegal ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. BayLegal’s 100+ staff members work from regional offices located in seven Bay Area counties to provide wraparound legal services from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley in the priority areas identified by clients and the community as their most pressing areas of need:


·        Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Prevention: Assisting survivors escape violence and create safe and stable environments for themselves and their families through Family Law, Restraining Order, and Immigration assistance.


·        Housing Preservation: Helping clients access and preserve safe affordable housing free of discrimination, with specific focus on Eviction Defense and Fair Housing.


·        Consumer Protection: Assisting clients obtain economic self-sufficiency and avoid predatory lending and abusive collection practices.


·        Access to Health Care: Helping clients obtain and navigate essential health care services.


·        Economic Security: Eliminating barriers to employment and self-sufficiency by assisting clients secure public benefits to stabilize their lives.


Under the supervision of BayLegal staff attorneys, paralegal volunteers will have the opportunity to build cases from the ground-up; including conducting: client interviews; initial case assessments; obtaining discovery and other evidence; preparing clients for trials; writing briefs and other legal memoranda; assisting self-represented litigants; community outreach and education; and assisting with administrative hearings and state court hearings/trials.


For more information: http://baylegal.org/pro-bonovolunteer-opportunities/


 

Alameda County Bar Association 

Volunteer Legal Services Corporation


 
Paralegals may be able to volunteer at certain VLSC pro per assistance clinics, including: Domestic Violence Restraining Order clinic (Hayward and Fremont), Family Law Day of Court clinic (Hayward), Low-Income Landlord clinic (Hayward), and Guardianship Day of Court clinic (Berkeley). Volunteers must complete training prior to volunteering.

            

Daniela Meza-Gray, VLSC Clinics Coordinator 

Phone: (510) 302-2219

Email: daniela@acbanet.org 

 

Eviction Defense Collaborative
              

EDC Web

 

 


The EDC is the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits. Volunteers conduct intakes with clients, draft pleadings, prepare for/shadow attorneys at settlement conferences and more
. Our office could not function without an incredible team of dedicated volunteers. Please see 
evictiondefense.org or email volunteer@evictiondefense.org for more information.

 
 


Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (formerly Fair Housing of Marin) is a non-profit agency dedicated to promoting equal housing opportunities in Marin, Sonoma and Contra Costa Counties. Fair Housing is hiring “testers” as on call employees to help with investigations of housing providers. It is a flexible role with no guaranteed minimum number of hours per month. Testers are given profiles and are then instructed to contact rental agents, visit sites, and ask questions at the pre-application stage. Testers then provide a detailed written report about the experience.  FHANC compares reports of testers to determine if any group is being treated unfairly. The information gathered through tests can be used as evidence to support a housing discrimination complaint. 


Trained testers assume the role of homeseeker and report on their experience. Testers are paid per test plus a travel reimbursement of .535 cents per mile traveled to and from a site. To be considered, individuals must:

  • Attend a three hour tester training.
  • Have good observation skills and be able to write clear, objective reports.
  • Have reliable transportation.
  • Be available approximately 2-3 hours for each investigation, some of which may be done on weekends or evenings.
  • Conduct a practice test.

Please email or call Michelle Rosales at michelle@fairhousingnorcal.org or (415) 483-7516 if you are interested in joining our team of fair housing testers.


Community
Legal Services
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East Palo Alto




Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto(CLSEPA) is currently accepting applications for a Volunteer Immigration Intern who will assist immigration staff attorneys at their San Francisco office located at 39 Drumm St., San Francisco, CA 94111Applicants must be able to volunteer at least two days per week.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

1.  Manage client inquiries;

2.  Help with case management;

3.  Provide administrative support to immigration attorneys, including copying and scanning, file/database maintenance, and assistance with USCIS and court filings;

4.  Assist with translations from Spanish to English, when applicable; and

5.  Perform other related duties, as needed.

 

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required

1.  Fluent in Spanish;
2.  Strong attention to detail;

3.  Excellent written and oral communication skills;

4.  Empathy, professionalism, and commitment to low-income and         underserved         communities;

5.  Facility with Microsoft Office, Google Applications, Dropbox; and

6.  Previous paralegal experience preferred.


If you would like to apply, please send a resumé, cover letter, your availability, and a list of three references to Aileen Connolly, Volunteer Coordinator at aconnolly@clsepa.org


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  A flyer regarding this position is available in a downloadable PDF format here.


Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) is a non-profit legal services agency that provides free and low-cost legal services to low-income persons in the areas of immigration, housing, and economic advancement. CLSEPA immigration attorneys represent immigrants in a variety of affirmative and defensive proceedings, including the representation of victims of crime in applications for U visas, and survivors of domestic violence in VAWA self-petitions. In addition, CLSEPA represents unaccompanied minors and families with children on the expedited docket in immigration court.  CLSEPA has a robust detained and non-detained removal defense practice. 


For more information on CLSEPA, you may visit their website here.


Also, you may view a map showing the communities of those who have been helped by CLSEPA here.

 

Disclaimer

The San Francisco Paralegal Association (SFPA) Community Service and Pro Bono Committee thanks you for visiting our web site. We provide information as a service to our members and the San Francisco Bay Area community. Our program takes advantage of the legal skills and training of paralegals from all practice areas and settings and offers them the opportunity to contribute their expertise and gain experience and contacts while serving nonprofit organizations.

By using this site, you accept and understand that SFPA is not responsible for the consequences of using or relying upon any information found on this site. Our Association does not necessarily support the views of the organization that offers the internships presented through our website. SFPA does not imply our endorsement, sponsorship, or recommendation of each organization. Our Association does not maintain insurance for individuals who wish to apply for internships, and internship liability is confined solely to the individual and not our Association. Volunteers assume responsibilities for their own actions and practice.  

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