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Right to Civil Counsel Program

Do Pro Bono Work with the Justice & Diversity Center's Legal Services Program


San Francisco is the nation’s first “Right to Civil Counsel City” that recognizes everyone should have access to legal services in cases involving basic human needs, including housing, child custody, sustenance, safety, and health.

Join the Justice & Diversity Center in making the Right to Civil Counsel a reality; please make a commitment on behalf of your firm to volunteer in one or more of the following ways:


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  • Full-scope representation in eviction defense cases
  • Representation in a Motion to Vacate a Default in an eviction case
  • Limited-scope representation through the Housing Negotiation Project

Stablizing Children's Lives

Limited-scope representation in:

  • Custody modification motions
  • Guardianships


  • Spousal support motions
  • Full-scope representation in dissolutions with property
  • Full-scope representation in collection defense cases
  • Representation in cases before the U.S. Tax Court
  • Supplemental Security Income (Federal Disability Benefits): representation in applications or administrative appeals

JDC provides training, support, and malpractice insurance for all of these pro bono opportunities.

For more information contact Gloria Chun at .

Right to Civil Counsel Articles

December 2013: JDC’s Right to Civil Counsel Project Gears Up in 2014

December 2013: JDC Welcomes New Staff Attorney for Right to Civil Counsel program

July 2013: Farella Braun + Martel: Advancing the Right to Civil Counsel

June 2013: Morrison & Foerster – A Leader in the Right to Civil Counsel Movement

June 2013: BASF's Committment to Gideon

January 2013: JDC's Legal Services Program's Right to Civil Counsel Pilot Program Off to a Strong Start

December 2012: Join the Right to Civil Counsel Movement; It’s Happening in San Francisco