The Justice & Diversity Center
Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) Mission Statement
The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession.
JDC is one of the largest and most distinguished legal services providers in San Francisco. JDC’s primary purpose is the delivery of free legal services to low-income San Franciscans, as well as the non-profits that serve them. JDC delivers free legal services through its Legal Services Programs division, which consists of the Pro Bono Legal Services Program, Homeless Advocacy Project, and the Immigration Program. JDC provides enrichment programs to diverse youth and young adults through its Diversity Educational Programs.
JDC’s programs serve approximately 9,500 disadvantaged San Franciscans a year, with the overarching goal of assisting the community’s most vulnerable members with accessing the judicial system and strengthening their personal, professional, and economic security.
Organizational Structure and History
JDC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been serving the San Francisco community since 1977. JDC was formerly Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco (VLSP). VLSP was renamed the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, following the merger of the Bar Association of San Francisco Foundation, including its Diversity Educational Programs, into VLSP in January 2012.
A 25-person board of directors governs JDC. The Executive Director oversees a staff of 45 as well as 2,000 volunteers who contribute approximately 45,000 hours of service each year.