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VLSP's Federal Pro Bono Project Expands


May 31, 2011 – San Francisco - BASF's Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP) recently announced that the services of the Federal Pro Bono Project (“Project”), a joint effort of VLSP and and the Northern District Court of California, have been expanded.

The Project offers a wide range of legal services to pro se litigants in federal court, including arranging pro bono counsel for litigants who are referred for appointment of counsel by the Court. Effectively immediately, the Project will take on responsibility for administration of the Assisted Mediation Project and the Prisoner Pro Se Project, which were previously administered by the Court. VLSP is excited to add prisoner civil rights cases to our pro bono opportunities, which include cases ranging from employment discrimination to police brutality.

Along with full scope representation opportunities, VLSP will also offer cases for limited scope representation, including cases arising out of the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.

Manjari Chawla is the Supervising Attorney for the Federal Pro Bono Project.

To learn more about volunteering with the Federal Pro Bono Project, please contact Evelyn Lin, Pro Bono Placement Coordinator, at (415) 782-9000 x8106 or

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

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