Alameda County
Bar Association

Volunteer Opportunities as of October 2023 

Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all pro bono volunteersWhether you want to give back, want some experience, or just need to kick the boredom, we’re working hard to increase our pro bono activities at Legal Access Alameda. This list is current as of October 2023, but we’re moving rapidly to meet the needs of our community. Check out the latest and greatest about Legal Access Alameda, the pro bono arm of the Alameda County Bar Association, on our website www.legalaccessalameda.org.

Interested in Volunteering with Legal Access? Please contact Amarilis Medrano, Legal Access Clinics Coordinator, at (510) 302-2219. Or learn more on the Legal Access Alameda website.

CLASP (Community Legal Assistance Saturday Program)

  • Intake on the first Saturday of the month, call (510) 485-9933 between 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Clients must go through intake to be scheduled for a 15 minute consultation with an attorney that takes place the following (second) Saturday of the month
  • Wide spectrum of areas of law, including family, immigration, housing, employment, consumer, bankruptcy, personal injury, trusts & estates, real estate and more
  • Interpreters available in Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese
  • CLASP flyer

Eviction Assistance

We are working with the California Access to Justice Commission on helping courts across California deal with the tsunami of evictions.  You can volunteer to be a mediator, or an attorney of the day, or help people fill out the paperwork for rental assistance – all on Zoom!  For more information, email tiela@acbanet.org.

Lawyers in the Library

Join us in making legal assistance accessible to all! Lawyers in the Library is a countywide service that provides free, brief one-on-one consultations and referrals on a rotating basis throughout the month. Currently, this is a remote program and all consultations are held over the phone. We are seeking volunteer attorneys with experience in any area of law to join our team. Volunteering with Lawyers in the Library is a flexible way to give back to your community while fitting around your busy schedule. To learn more about this opportunity and become part of our network of volunteers, email Amarilis Medrano at amarilis@acbanet.org

CALLING ALL FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS!

Legal Access Alameda, the pro bono arm of the ACBA, needs a few more attorney volunteers for its newest clinic, the Shriver Custody Project. The Shriver Custody Project provides limited scope representation to low income parents at a single hearing regarding child custody and visitation. Attorneys can choose the day(s) when they are available to volunteer from a list of clinics offered each month. While we are happy to have experienced family law attorneys join us, we also provide training and supervision for new attorneys and those without family law experience. The time commitment is approximately 3 to 5 hours per clinic. If you would like to find out more about the clinic and how to volunteer, please contact Vanessa Smith (vsmith@acbanet.org).

DLAC – Disaster Legal Services Collaborative

Want to offer free help to survivors of disasters, like the wildfires already sweeping California?  Become a Legal First Responder sm ! Legal First Responders sm is a statewide program run by the Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative (DLAC) that keeps a corps of volunteer attorneys trained and ready to respond in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Click here for more info! Check out our latest flyer here to learn more about how you can get involved.

Free Legal Answers – Volunteer with us

Free Legal Answers (FLA) is a virtual legal advice clinic that offers free legal advice to low income residents in California about COVID-19 legal matters. Log in to the Free Legal Answers platform and watch the video trainings. At your convenience, you can check out clients’ questions and choose one to answer. Send your draft answer in, and another attorney will review! For more information about the program or assistance signing up, please contact: freelegalanswers@acbanet.org