Pro Bono Justice innovates the pro bono system and ensures greater access to high-quality legal help for people in need.
The Pro Bono Justice teams develop and support transformative pro bono programs that efficiently leverage the skills, time, and enthusiasm of pro bono volunteers for the benefit of low-income and otherwise underserved communities.
Innovative Pro Bono Projects
Justice Bus Project®:The Justice Bus Project mobilizes and empowers volunteer attorneys and law students to provide legal help to isolated and rural communities over the course of one and two-day trips. Since the Project was started in 2007, OneJustice has taken nearly 2,000 volunteers to isolated and underserved communities and provided much-needed legal assistance to more than 5,000 low-income Californians. Justice Bus trips are coordinated by attorneys in OneJustice's San Francisco and Los Angeles offices, allowing for volunteer departures from San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Diego.
Bay Area Rural Justice Collaborative: The Bay Area Rural Justice Collaborative was initiated in 2012 in response to a challenge by Vice President Joe Biden to improve and expand legal services to the underserved. To date, OneJustice has served more than 700 clients and engaged more than 500 volunteers from San Francisco and Silicon Valley law firms to build a system of repeating mobile legal clinics in communities at the geographic fringe of the San Francisco Bay Area. The Rural Justice Collaborative was launched as part of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel's IMPACT (Involving More Pro Bono Attorneys in Our Communities Together) Initiative.
IMPACT LA: IMPACT LA is a pro bono project that supports survivors of domestic violence by providing wrap-around legal services in a clinic setting. At the clinic, survivors can get a free legal consultation about their housing, immigration, and public benefits issues. IMPACT LA was launched in 2013 as part of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel’s IMPACT (Involving More Pro Bono Attorneys in Our Communities Together) initiative and is organized in collaboration with the Jenesse Center, Inc.
Rural Immigrant Connect: Rural Immigrant Connect is a new and high-innovative project that forges robust connections between pro bono resources in the Bay Area and immigrants in the Central Valley of California. OneJustice empowers pro bono attorneys to provide full-scope representation and assistance to immigrants living in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, or Merced counties.
Pro Bono Systems Design
Immigration Pro Bono Response: To ensure the legal sector meets emerging legal needs of immigrant communities, OneJustice develops and tests innovative systems and methods for engaging private sector volunteers in immigration assistance programs. OneJustice's current initiatives include serving as the pro bono hub for Los Angeles's citizenship campaign (¡Protegete! ¡Ciudadanía Ya!) and mobilizing the private sector to serve the estimated 1.5 million Californians eligible for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programs.
Pro Bono Training Institute: The Pro Bono Training Institute (Training Institute) brings together California’s nonprofit and private legal sectors to develop online trainings with the goal of standardizing pro bono training throughout the state. Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and OneJustice collaboratively work to produce universal, interactive, and on-demand trainings that are available to any pro bono attorney, law student, or advocate who would like to volunteer at a legal aid organization. The Institute's full-slate of trainings are available at probonotraining.org.
OneJustice Summer: Every summer, OneJustice engages law firm summer associates in high-impact pro bono work, either through the Justice Bus Project or by matching summer associates with finely pro bono legal research projects.
Pro Bono Leadership & Consulting
Pro Bono Conferences and Regional Meetings: OneJustice brings together all sectors of the legal profession at bi-annual statewide conferences and regional meetings. In January 2017, OneJustice will host the Northern California & Southern California Regional Meetings in San Francisco and Los Angeles, respectively.
California Joint Pro Bono Managers Forum: OneJustice holds quarterly, web-based meetings for nonprofit and law firm pro bono coordinators during which participants share new program ideas, best practices, and emerging needs in client communities.
Bay Area and Southern California Pro Bono Managers Groups: OneJustice convenes pro bono coordinators of legal services nonprofits on a quarterly basis in the Bay Area and Southern California.
Pro Bono Consulting & Technical Assistance: OneJustice provides resources, consulting, and other technical assistance to legal services nonprofits, law firms, corporations, and law schools on developing and managing pro bono programs and partnerships. With stakeholders, OneJustice drafted the California Pro Bono Best Practices Guide (2014 ed.), a tool guiding pro bono coordinators in the nonprofit and private sectors on how to manage pro bono partnerships.