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Volunteer Legal Service Program (VLSP)

Medical-Legal Project


JDC's Medical-Legal Project brings legal services to San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point as well as St. Mary’s Medical Center’s Sister Mary Philippa Health Center. The Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood is populated by some of the city's most vulnerable - predominately low-income people living in an underserved and geographically isolated area. JDC strives to address the tremendous legal need in the Bayview with this innovative Medical-Legal Project. The Sr. Mary Philippa Health Center Medical-Legal Collaborative is a vibrant partnership with Catholic Healthcare West in-house counsel and local law firms bringing legal services to the health center’s low-income patients.

By partnering with the Southeast Health Center and Sr. Mary Philippa Health Center, JDC staff and volunteers provide patients with the legal services needed to ameliorate issues that adversely impact patients’ health, safety and overall well being. The Health Centers’ staff of doctors, nurses, social workers and counselors actively participate in the projects which see a diversity of legal issues including housing rights, eviction defense, public benefits advocacy (SSI, Medi-Cal, and Medicare), consumer and probate matters.

JDC’s Supervising Attorney conducts weekly on-site legal intakes at SEHC and welcomes volunteer attorneys and law students to provide limited and full-scope representation to clients. Those with experience in the relevant areas of law are encouraged to volunteer. Training in relevant areas including family law, eviction defense and SSI advocacy are offered through JDC. Participation in JDC’s Medical-Legal Project offers a unique opportunity to focus your pro bono work in a dynamic community with deep legal need and a supportive interdisciplinary team.


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