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Reaffirming Your Committment to Volunteer with VLSP in the New Year

January 5, 2009 -- San Francisco -- The staff of VLSP hopes you had a wonderful holiday season and welcomes you to a brand new year. This is your chance to start anew - to reaffirm your commitment to our community and to pro bono work. 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?

The Volunteer Legal Services Program, or "VLSP," is the pro bono program of The Bar Association of San Francisco.

What is our mission?

VLSP strives to enhance the income, self-sufficiency and general quality of life of 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 clients' lives.

Why do pro bono work?

Millions of low-income Californian's legal needs are unmet, which means people have nowhere to turn for help. Pro bono is a great way to get experience, while making a difference in your community.

What pro bono opportunities are available?

VLSP has several long or short term projects that provide advice and representation. These include:

  • Family Law Project
  • Eviction Defense Project
  • Homeless Advocacy Project
  • Housing Negotiation Project
  • Community Organization Representation Project
  • Guardianship Project
  • Consumer Project
  • Community Lawyering Project
  • Legal Advice and Referral Clinics

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
  • Opportunities for both litigation and transactional pro bono work
  • Limited and full-scope opportunities
  • A chance to help open the doors to access for justice

Interested in getting involved?

Contact Megan Colla, volunteer coordinator at

The Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) is a nonprofit voluntary membership organization of over 8,000 attorneys, law students and legal professionals in the Bay Area. Founded in 1872, BASF is one of the largest and most dynamic metropolitan bar associations in the U.S., with a long and distinguished record of community action, public service and service to the legal profession.

Questions about media relations, BASF issues currently in the news, San Francisco Attorney magazine, marketing and communications:

Ann Murphy, Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8792

For general communications inquiries:

Sayre Happich, Assistant Director of Communications & Public Relations
(415) 782-9000 x8104