Bringing Legal Assistance to All Californians, Regardless of Location or Ability to Pay
At OneJustice, we believe access to legal assistance is a basic human right, not something that should be afforded only to those in cities or who can pay. Because of this belief, our team has spent years developing and implementing innovative ways to expand access to legal aid programs for California residents, regardless of their ability to pay or their location.
Through our network of pro bono volunteers, OneJustice is able to leverage the time, skills, and enthusiasm of experienced legal professionals for the benefit of underserved communities, providing better access to quality legal help for those in need.
Engaging Pro Bono Volunteers
Our core Pro Bono Justice program work to engage law students and attorneys in the private sector to perform meaningful pro bono work. Our teams of volunteers dedicate their time and talents to serve Californians in need of legal help in a variety of ways, including:
California Guide to Pro Bono Law Firms: OneJustice is pleased to share that the California Guide to Pro Bono Law Firms has been updated. This directory, which was last updated in 2012, is a compilation of information on pro bono services and key contacts submitted by over 50 law firms with offices in California. Thank you to all who participated in submitting entries. Please note that we plan on updating annually; if you are a law firm that would like to be included or have edits for your submission, please email Gracia Berrios at email@example.com. The Guide is password protected and available to legal services organizations and law firms. If you would like access, please fill out this form.
Bay Area Rural Justice Collaborative: Communities on the fringe of the San Francisco Bay Area are given access to frequent, mobile legal clinics thanks to more than 500 volunteers from San Francisco and Silicon Valley law firms.
IMPACT LA: IMPACT LA supports survivors of domestic violence with limited-scope legal assistance clinics. Clients receive free legal consultations about a number of issues, including housing, immigration, and public benefits.
Expanding Pro Bono Best Practices
OneJustice improves the ability of pro bono programs to reach underserved communities by offering consulting, training, and resources to lawyers, law firms, and law students. We provide several services for this purpose, including:
Pro Bono Consulting & Technical Assistance: Our consulting service focuses on the development and management of pro bono networks, programs, partnerships, and program evaluation. We work with legal services nonprofits, law firms, corporations, and law schools looking to start or refine a project.
Pro Bono Training Institute: The Pro Bono Training Institute is an online platform that brings together expert trainings in bite size portions California’s nonprofit and private legal sectors to develop online training with the goal of standardizing pro bono training throughout the state, ensuring a uniform quality of client services. These trainings are available to any pro bono attorney, law student, or advocate wishing to volunteer at a legal aid organization.
Pro Bono Conferences & Regional Meetings: In an effort to unite the California legal community, we bring together all sectors of the legal profession at bi-annual statewide conferences and regional meetings.