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DISCLAIMER: The resources listed below are provided to website visitors for information-only purposes and the selection of these resources should not be construed as as an endorsement or legal advice.  Reference to these resources does not establish an attorney-client relationship with California Lawyers for the Arts.

GENERAL RESOURCES
State Bar of California

San Francisco (Main Office)
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2000
https://www.calbar.ca.gov

State Bar of California 
Los Angeles Office
845 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 415-538-2250   

Find a Lawyer Referral Service and Other Legal Resources:
National Directory of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts Organizations:


Law Help (National Service)
www.lawhelp.org
List of legal resources for low-income people
 
Law Help California
www.lawhelpca.org
List of legal resources for low-income people located in California
 
Artslaw
Ocean State Lawyers for the Arts (OSLA): www.artslaw.org

Email: dspatt@artslaw.org
Free articles on arts related legal issues

Pro Bono & Public Service
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/flh-home/flh-free-legal-help/


California Courts - Help from your court:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/1083.htm 

Superior courts in California have legal help available in family law and in small claims cases. The California Superior courts have legal help available in family law and small claims cases. Superior Courts may also be able to help with other issues, but it varies from court to court

US Copyright Office
https://www.copyright.gov

US Patent & Trademark Office
https://www.uspto.gov



NORTHERN CALIFORNIA RESOURCES

Bay Area Legal Aid
405 14th St., 11th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Call M-F 9-noon, 1-5
800-551-5554
https://baylegal.org/what-we-do/
We provide low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation. We are the largest civil legal aid provider serving seven Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
 

Alameda County Bar Association

List of Legal Resources: 

https://www.acbanet.org/legal-resources/

http://acgov.org/law/refservices/researchguide.htm


https://communityboards.org/
East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave.,Berkeley, CA 94705
510-548-4040
https://ebclc.org/need-services/
 
LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY


Bay Area Legal Aid
405 14th St., 11th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Call M-F 9-noon, 1-5
800-551-5554
https://baylegal.org/what-we-do/
We provide low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation. We are the largest civil legal aid provider serving seven Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
 

East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave.,Berkeley, CA 94705
510-548-4040
Call M-F 9-5
https://ebclc.org/need-services/
 
LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY

ACBA Lists of Legal Resources: 

https://www.acbanet.org/legal-resources/


Bay Area Legal Aid
405 14th St., 11th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
Call M-F 9-noon, 1-5
800-551-5554
https://baylegal.org/what-we-do/
We provide low-income clients with free civil legal assistance, including legal advice and counsel, effective referrals, and legal representation. We are the largest civil legal aid provider serving seven Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
 

East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave.,Berkeley, CA 94705
510-548-4040
Call M-F 9-5
https://ebclc.org/need-services/
 
LAWYERS IN THE LIBRARY

http://www.co.alameda.ca.us/law/refservices/lilprogram.htm


Lawyers in the Library-Oakland

http://oaklandlibrary.org/services/cards-and-visiting/lawyers-library

According to the website, "Lawyers in the Library offers free legal information and referral. The program is co-sponsored by the Alameda County Law Library. If legal help is required, people are referred to  other agencies.

Sessions are popular and sometimes subject to change. Please call in advance to confirm before coming to the library: Main Library: 125 14th Street, (510) 238-3134" Other locations may offer related programs and services.

Lawyers in the Library-Berkeley Public Library

Free legal advice and referrals in areas such as employment, consumer, landlord/tenant rights, and domestic relations.:

Lawyers in the Library @Central:

https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/lawyers-library-central

510-981-6148


Lawyers in the Library @Tarea Hall Pittman:

https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/lawyers-library-south-0


Lawyers in the Library @Claremont:

https://www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org/events/lawyers-library-claremont



Bankruptcy Lawyers in the Library-Oakland Public Library
Main Branch, 125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3138 [Lawyers available 1st Wednesday 6-8pm]
www.oaklandlibrary.org/services/lawyers.html
  

Lawyers in the Library-Oakland Public Library
Call first for the hours and to verify lawyers' availability.

Main Library
125 14th St., Oakland, CA 94612
510-238-3138

Asian Branch - 510-238-3400 

Dimond Branch - 510-482-7844 

Piedmont Branch - 510-597-5011

Rockridge Branch - 510-597-5017

Free legal advice and referrals in areas such as employment, consumer, landlord/tenant rights, and domestic relations.
 

LAW LIBRARIES
Bernard E. Witkin-Alameda County Law Library
125 12th St., Oakland, CA 94607
https://www.acgov.org/law/
510-208-4800 or 510-208-4832 (Reference Desk)
M-Th 8:30am-9pm; F 8:30-6; Sat-Sun noon-5
County legal library, open to all. All resources available for in-library use. Alameda County residents, 18 and over, may borrow circulating materials with cash or credit card deposit.
 
Boalt Hall Law Library [G.W. McEnerney Law Library]
UCB Campus, Berkeley, CA 94720
510-642-4044
https://www.law.berkeley.edu/library/

Hours may be reduced during summer and intersessions. Academic law library may be open to the public for in-house legal research with reduced hours of availability surrounding peak pre-exam times.
 
San Francisco Law Library (3 locations)
https://sflawlibrary.org/
Civic Center (Main Library)
415-554-6821
401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 400

Financial District Branch
415-882-9310
685 Market Street, Suite 420

Courthouse Reference Room
415-551-3647
400 McAllister Street, Room 512


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVIDERS 
Alameda County Bar Association
Alternative Dispute Resolution Placement Service
510-893-7160 Call
M-F 8:30-5
https://www.acbanet.org/
Lawyer referral services, mediation, arbitration, or neutral evaluation services.

ACBA Lists of Legal Resources: 

https://www.acbanet.org/legal-resources/

 
SEEDS Community Resolution Center
2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite A, Berkeley, CA 94702
510-548-2377
Call M-F 9-5
https://www.seedscrc.org/
Mediation, conflict resolution, facilitation, training and restorative justice services.

Community Boards
601 Van Ness Ave, Suite 2040, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-920-3820

https://communityboards.org/

Mediation, conflict coaching, conflict resolution, and training.


SPECIFIC LEGAL AREAS
AIDS Legal Referral Panel
415-701-1100 M-F 9:30-5
www.alrp.org
Referrals to free and low-cost legal services for people with AIDS or HIV. Civil law (wills, power of attorney, etc.) only.

Community Legal Resources
Alameda County Bar Association
510-893-1031

https://www.acbanet.org/legal-resources/

Immigration, Traffic Fines, Domestic Violence, Re-entry 

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legal Outreach
1212 Broadway Suite 400 Oakland 94612
510-251-2846 M-F 9-5
415-567-6255
https://www.apilegaloutreach.org/
 
Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
http://babf.com

 

DISABILITY RIGHTS CALIFORNIA


Legal Advocacy Unit:

Telephone # for Legal questions: 800-776-5746


Website:   https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/what-we-do/programs/legal-advocacy-unit-lau

 

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
2212 6th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
510-644-2555 (Phone/TTY)
M-F 9-5
https://dredf.org/

Mission: To advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development. Vision: A just world where all people, with and without disabilities, live full and independent lives free of discrimination

National Domestic Violence Hotline 
1-800-799-7233
TDD: 1-800-787-3224
Hotline funded by the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), also providing legal referrals; 
website

https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/programs/family-violence-prevention-services/programs/ndvh

Employment Law Center

Legal Aid Society
415-864-8848
Informational recording Volunteer lawyers and law students provide counsel on job-related problems for low-income or unemployed workers.


Earth Justice
426 17th St., 6th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612
M-F 9-5
510-550-6700
https://earthjustice.org/
has represented clients free-of-charge in environmental legal matters
 
Family Violence Law Center
510-208-0255
www.fvlc.org
Family Violence Law Center (FVLC) "helps diverse communities in Alameda County heal from domestic violence and sexual assault" - FVLC homepage (provides legal and crisis intervention services)

Housing Rights, Inc.

1966 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
510-548-8776
Client intakes on housing-related issues, including landlord-tenant, among other issues. May offer free counseling and assistance in housing discrimination cases, referrals to other housing-related agencies, landlord-tenant counseling, and housing mediation in some East Bay communities.

Housing Rights: Section 8

https://www.courts.ca.gov/section8.htm


Immigration Legal Service Referrals

https://www.lsc-sf.org/

Advice, referral, and advocacy for those under 18, including immigration issue resources & referrals.  


California Indian Legal Services

www.calindian.org

CILS offers representation in caissues unique to Native Americans.


Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

ses that involve 131 Steuart St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105

415-543-9444

https://www.lccr.com/

Provides legal services for poor and people of color in areas of immigration and refugee rights, civil rights violations, etc. Call for eligibility information. 


Law Center for Families

510 16th St., 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94612

510-451-9261

 

Legal Assistance for Seniors

464 7th St., Oakland, CA 94607

510-832-3040

https://www.lashicap.org/

Free legal services, information, and referrals for Alameda County seniors (60+) focusing on Medi-Cal, Medicare, HMO, Social Security, housing, evictions, etc. Also HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) for health insurance or Medicare problems


Legal Services for Children

1254 Market St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102

415-863-3762

https://www.lsc-sf.org/

Advice, referral, and advocacy for those under 18; immigration legal resources and referrals.  


Mental Health Advocates

Mental Health Association of Alameda County
1801 Adeline, Room 211, Oakland, CA 94607

800-734-2504

510-835-5010
www.mhaac.org

Patients' rights advocates: from website:

"The Patients' Rights Advocacy Program responds to questions and complaints from patients in psychiatric hospitals/facilities and residents of halfway houses or board and care homes who feel one or more of their rights have been denied."

"Anyone with a question or concern about treatment of a client receiving mental health services in Alameda County is welcome to call."

"The toll-free telephone # in Alameda County is 800-734-2504; outside the county, dial 510-835-2505."

 

National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market St., Suite 370, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-392-6257

Website: www.nclrights.org

Email: Info@NCLRights.org

Legal Help Line: 800-528-6257 or 415-392-6257


Protection & Advocacy, Inc.

Protection & Advocacy for Individuals Rights Program[people with disabilities]
433 Hegenberger, Suite 220, Oakland, CA 94621

www.disabilityrightsca.org

Phone: 510-267-1200

TTY: 800-776-5746


DISABILITY RIGHTS CALIFORNIA Legal Advocacy Unit:

https://www.disabilityrightsca.org/what-we-do/programs/legal-advocacy-unit-lau


If you have a legal question call 800-776-5746


W.O.M.A.N., Inc.

(Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent, Inc.)

333 Valencia St., Suite 251, San Francisco, CA 94103

Referrals Line / Crisis Line / Telephone Contact (posted hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week):
877-384-3578 (providing free referrals; website last visited 27 Jan 2019)

415-864-4722 or 877-384-3578 (24-hour crisis line)

Website: www.womaninc.org


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESOURCES

Legal Aid and Community Programs
Bet Tzedek: Justice For All
(Hablas Espanol)
323-939-0506
https://www.bettzedek.org/

Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles
(Hablas Espanol)
323-319-3559
www.cla-la.org

Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law
213-388-7515
https://www.hbcfl.org/

Inner City Law Center 
(employment, housing, homelessness prevention)
213-891-2880
www.innercitylaw.org

Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center
213-482-1800 ext. 300
www.levittquinn.org

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
800-399-4529
www.lafla.org

Neighborhood Legal Services
(administrative law, bankruptcy, consumer law, family law, immigration law, worker's rights)
800-433-6251
www.nlsla.org

Public Counsel Law Center
(veterans, immigration, children, bankruptcy, government benefits)
213-385-2977
www.publiccounsel.org/home

Community Legal Services Lawyer Referral Services
562-929-9995

Community Legal Services
(Norwalk/Artesia, Bell, Bellflower, Bell Gardens, Downey, Paramoun, Cerritos)
562-864-9935

Community Legal Service
(Compton/Cudahy, Holidale, Lynwood, Huntington Park, Maywood, Walnut Park, Willowbrook, South Gate)
310-638-3194

DPSS (Welfare)
310-603-8411 & Helpline 310-603-8181
dpss.lacounty.gov

Legal Aid Foundation of East Los Angeles
(La Mirada, Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, Whittier, Montebello, Los Nietos, Vernon)
213-640-3883

Community Lawyers Inc.
310-635-8181
www.community-lawyers.org

Los Angeles Network of Care
562-432-8802
www.llosangeles.networkofcare.org

Legal Aid Society of Orange County
714-571-5204
www.legal-aid.com/services/referrals-to-partner-agencies/lrs


ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROVIDERS 
Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center
213-250-8190

California Academy of Mediation Professionals
818-377-7250

Center for Civic Mediation
323-876-2747

Center for Conflict Resolution
818-705-1090

City of Norwalk Dispute Resolution Program
562-929-5603

Inland Valleys Justice Center
818-346-5280

Korean American Coalition 4.29 Center
213-383-4290

Los Angeles City Attorney's Office Dispute Resolution Program
213-485-8324

Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs
213-974-0825

The Loyola Law School Center for Conflict Resolution
213-736-1145

IMMIGRATION RESOURCES

legal aid immigration.pdf

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

https://www.wgfoundation.org/resource-center


              

                           

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