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GENERAL RESOURCES
State Bar of California

San Francisco (Main Office)
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2000
http://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:
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.lawhelpcalifornia.org
List of legal resources for low-income people located in California.
 
Artslaw
www.artslaw.org
dspatt@artslaw.org
Free articles on arts related legal issues.

Pro bono & Public Service
http://apps.americanbar.org/legalservices/probono/directory.html

California Courts - Help from your court:
http://www.courts.ca.gov/1083.htm 
Helpful in locating the types of court-based services that are available at your court. 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
www.baylegal.org
Free legal services in eviction defense, public benefits, SSI matters, and family law to qualifying low-income clients.
Call to establish eligibility and make appointment.
 
East Bay Community Law Center
3130 Shattuck Ave.,Berkeley, CA 94705
510-548-4040
Call M-F 9-5
www.ebclc.org
Free legal services (by Boalt Hall students and supervising attorneys) to low-income Alameda County residents.
Landlord/tenant, AIDS law, CalWORKS, unemployment, etc. Call to establish eligibility.
 
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
Lawyers in the Library-Berkeley Public Library
Call first to verify lawyers' availability.

North Branch, 1170 The Alameda, Berkeley, CA 94707
510-981-6250 [Lawyers available 1st Thursday 6-8pm]

South Branch
1901 Russell, Berkeley, CA 94703
510-981-6260 [Lawyers available 2nd Thursday 6-8pm]

Claremont Branch
2940 Benvenue, Berkeley, CA 94705
510-981-6280 [Lawyers available 3rd Thursday 6-8pm]

West Branch
1125 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
510-981-6270 [Lawyers available 4th Tuesday 6-8pm]

Free legal advice and referrals in areas such as employment, consumer, landlord/tenant rights, and domestic relations. In-person sign-ups only, beginning at 5pm. Names pulled by lottery at 6pm.
 
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 [Lawyers available 1st four Thursdays 6-8pm]

Asian Branch - 510-238-3400 [4th Thursday 5:30-7:30pm]

Dimond Branch - 510-482-7844 [1st Tuesday 6-8pm]

Piedmont Branch - 510-597-5011 [1st & 3rd Tuesdays 6-8pm]

Rockridge Branch - 510-597-5017 [1st Thursday 6-8pm]

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
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
www.law.berkeley.edu/library/library.html
M-Th 8am-midnight; F 8am-10pm; Sat 10-6; Sun 10am-midnight.
Reduced hours during summer and intersessions. Academic law library, open to the public for in-house legal research except during peak pre-exam times.
 
San Francisco Law Library (3 locations)
www.sfgov.org/sfll
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
www.acbanet.org
Mediation, arbitration, or neutral evaluation services.
 
SEEDS Community Resolution Center
2530 San Pablo Ave., Suite A, Berkeley, CA 94702
510-548-2377
Call M-F 9-5
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
Call M-F 9-5
www.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.

Divorce and Paternity/Custody Clinics
Alameda County Bar Association
510-893-1031
M-Th 8:30-noon
Clinics assisting low-income Alameda County residents filing for divorce, legal separation, annulment. Also deals with paternity, custody, and visitation issues.
 
Asian Pacific Islander (API) Legal Outreach
1212 Broadway Suite 400 Oakland 94612
510-251-2846 M-F 9-5
415-567-6255
www.apilegaloutreach.org
Legal services to low-income APIs in family law, domestic violence, naturalization, immigration, human trafficking, elder abuse, wills, and estates. Sliding scale. Multilingual staff.
 
Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
http://babf.com
The Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum is a nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, the purpose of which is to disseminate information, provide public service and education and promote cooperation and efficiency in the bankruptcy and insolvency fields in the greater bay area. In addition, the forum offers networking opportunities among members.
 
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund, Inc.
2212 6th St., Berkeley, CA 94710
510-644-2555 (Phone/TTY)
M-F 9-5
www.dredf.org
Technical assistance to persons with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities concerning disability civil rights law, job and housing discrimination, etc. Cost: free.

Domestic Violence Hotline (National)
1-800-799-7233
TDD: 1-800-787-3224
Available 24/7 to talk with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship. The Hotline does not give legal advice, but may be able to help in locating a legal advocate. 
 
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
www.earthjustice.org
MF 9-5
Free legal representation to groups and organizations working to enforce and strengthen environmental laws.
 
Family Violence Law Center
510-208-0255
www.fvlc.org
Helps survivors of domestic violence find realistic alternatives to their abusive environments; restraining orders, divorce referrals, dissolution workshops for uncontested divorces. Cost: sliding scale.
 
Housing Rights, Inc.
1966 San Pablo Ave., Berkeley, CA 94702
510-548-8776
M-Th 10-2 Client intake hours
www.housingrights.org
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
This page has resources and information in many languages on public housing programs that can help low-income people obtain housing they can afford.
http://www.courts.ca.gov/section8.htm

California Indian Legal Services
www.calindian.org
Legal representation to low-income Native Americans across California. Generally does not handle criminal cases.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
131 Steuart St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105
415-543-9444
M-F 9-5:30
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
Call M-F 9-5
www.lcff.org
Free and sliding scale legal services in family, housing (no eviction defense), and consumer law. Call for appointment.
 
Legal Assistance for Seniors
464 7th St., Oakland, CA 94607
510-832-3040
Call M-Th 9-5 F 9-3
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. Call for details (510-839-0393).
 
Legal Services for Children
1254 Market St., 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-863-3762
M-F 9-5
www.lsc-sf.org
Advice, referral, and advocacy for those under 18. Limited representation outside of San Francisco.
 
Mental Health Advocates
1801 Adeline, Room 211, Oakland, CA 94607
510 835 5010
Call M-F 9-5
www.mhaac.org
Free representation for mentally disabled adults at Social Security hearings and welfare-related fair hearings. Assistance obtaining Medi-Cal & food stamps.
 
National Center for Lesbian Rights
870 Market St., Suite 370, San Francisco, CA 94102
415-392-6257
Call M-F 9-5
www.nclrights.org
Legal resource center, with primary commitment to the rights and safety of lesbians and their families, services those discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
 
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
M-F 9-5
Free legal assistance to people with disabilities; focus on employment law, housing, health insurance, etc.

WOMAN, Inc.
333 Valencia St., Suite 251, San Francisco, CA 94103
415-864-4722 (24-hour crisis line);
or 877-384-3578
English and Spanish
www.womaninc.org
Free referrals for abused teens/women to low-cost/sliding scale attorneys. Also latina & lesbian/bisexual/transgender abuse programs, restraining order clinics (restricted to S.F. residents). Walk-in counseling available.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA RESOURCES

Legal Aid and Community Programs
Bet Tzedek: Justice For All
(Hablas Espanol)
323-939-0506
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
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

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES


INSURANCE FOR NON-PROFITS
California Nonprofits Insurance Services
Farmers Insurance
Bob Oldenburg: bob@thebravoagency.com


ART APPRAISALS
Anderson Shea Art Appraisals
Alissa J. Anderson
P.O. Box 3064
Santa Barbara, California
805 962-1670
Specialty: Fine Art, Paintings and Drawings
info@andersonshea-artappraisals.com
www.andersonshea-artappraisals.com

Allrich Fine Art Services
Consulting & Appraisals
236 West Portal Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
415 584.2093
AllrichArt@aol.com
www.allrichart.com

Michelle J Angerman & Associates
902 South Ogden Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
310 801-4979
michelle@angermanartappraisals.com
www.americanartappraisers.net/Appraisers/M/michelle_angerman.html

Roth Fine Art Appraisals
Andrea Roth Ph.D.
P.O. Box 545
Lafayette, CA 94549
925-299-6850 tel
925-476-1470 fax
info@rothfineartappraisals.com
www.RothFineArtAppraisals.com

Stuart H. Salsbury Appraisal Services
Fine Art, Antiques, and Gemological Appraisal Services
Also available to serve as an expert witness and consultations.
7308 Pacific View Drive
Los Angles, CA 90068
323 874-6781
salsbury@earthlink.net
www.artappraisals.com

SCF Arts Brokerage
860-443-1000    
http://www.artsbrokerage.org/index.html
Company specializes in management of business transactions involving the purchase and sale of works of art.  The firm mediates between buyers and sellers, documents and vets all involved parties and their respective claims, and negotiates the agreements, contracts and other legal instruments required by the transaction. The firm also provides a wide range of escrow services.

Jacqueline Silverman & Associates, Inc.
619 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069
310-277-4410
Info@JSilvermanAppraisals.com
www.jsilvermanappraisals.com

Israel Stepanian
Los Angeles, CA
Specialty: Contemporary/antiques/painting/sculpture/photography/ personal property
323-823-9352
istepanian@yahoo.com

Danielle Wohl Fine Art
Palo Alto, CA
650-494-1368 (w)
650-465-1484 (m)
dani@daniellewohlfineart.com
www.daniellewohlfineart.com


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