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Start Anew in 2012: Do Pro Bono with the Volunteer Legal Services Program

 

Reaffirm your commitment to our community and to pro bono work in 2012. The Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) would like to introduce ourselves to those of you who do not know us, and re-introduce ourselves to those of you who do.

Who are we?

VLSP is the pro bono program of The Bar Association of San Francisco. Last year, VLSP staff and over 1,600 VLSP volunteers, assisted nearly 8,000 clients with legal consultation and representation in nearly every area of civil law.

What is our mission?

VLSP strives to enhance the income, self-sufficiency and general quality of life for poor and low-income San Francisco residents, by increasing legal and related social services available to this population, and by reaching out to traditionally underserved client groups, primarily through the use of volunteer resources. We are a holistic service provider – we try to address the full range of issues that are affecting our clients’ lives.

Why do pro bono work?
Millions of low-income Californian’s legal needs are unmet, and need is greatly increasing with the economic downturn, which means people have nowhere to turn for assistance. You can help open the doors to access for justice. Pro bono is a great way to get experience, while making a difference in your community.

What pro bono opportunities are available?

VLSP has both long and short term (full-scope and limited-scope) projects that need pro bono attorneys to provide representation and advice in a range of areas including eviction defense, homeless advocacy, family law, business law and federal pro bono.
For a complete list of those projects, visit www.sfbar.org/vlsp.

What does VLSP provide to volunteers?

  • A chance to make a difference in someone’s life or in your community
  • Malpractice insurance for pro bono cases
  • Free training and MCLE credit
  • A mentor support system and supervision
  • Recognition through award nomi-nations and articles in VLSP publications
  • Opportunities for both litigation and transactional pro bono work
  • Limited and full-scope opportunities

Interested in getting involved? Contact Jason Luu, volunteer coordinator, at vlsp@sfbar.org.

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