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Justice & Diversity Center: Legal Services Program


The legal services programs of the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) provide pro bono legal and related social services to low-income and homeless San Francisco residents and to nonprofit organizations that serve these communities. We provide these services primarily through the use of volunteer attorneys. JDC takes a holistic approach to legal services, seeking to address the full range of legal and social services issues that prevent our clients from retaining stability in their lives.

JDC staff and volunteer based projects include:

  • The Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP)
  • Pro Bono Legal Services Program, includes
    • Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) 
    • Eviction Defense Project
    • Housing Negotiation Project
    • Family Law Project
    • Bayview Hunter’s Point Medical-Legal Project
    • Federal Pro Bono Project
    • Consumer Debt Project
    • Legal Advice and Referral Clinic (LARC)
    • Low-Income Tax Clinic Project

JDC clients include:

  • Homeless individuals and families                  
  • Survivors of domestic violence
  • Senior citizens
  • Individuals and families facing eviction           
  • Adults with disabilities
  • Community-based organizations
  • Residents of underserved neighborhoods, including Bayview Hunters Point

Last year, JDC staff and over 2,000 JDC volunteers, assisted more than 9,000 clients with legal consultation and representation in nearly every area of civil law. This translates into just over $18 million in free legal services.


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