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I migrated to the United States in the 1980s as a refugee from Afghanistan. As a result of my childhood experiences, I have always wanted to pay it forward, as the saying goes.
Attendees had the opportunity to speak with local legal service providers in need of pro bono lawyers.
California Lawyers for the Arts (CLA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping artists utilize and navigate through the legal system. Specifically for arts-related issues, CLA offers a lawyer referral service.
Are you interested in pro bono opportunities in Contra Costa County, but don’t know what is available? Join us for a Pro Bono Mixer on October 28, 2015.
Our quarterly Pro Bono Spotlight is a chance to recognize and thank those individuals who help allow basic services and justice to remain accessible. We will accept nominations on an ongoing basis.
This new service provides free simple wills, Advance Health Care Directives and Durable Powers of Attorney to low-income residents ages 60 and over.
With no budget and a lot of support from the county’s legal community, it has served the needs of many of the county’s citizens.
The LAS-ELC offers low-income workers throughout California free and confidential information regarding their employment rights through its Workers’ Rights Clinic.
It is amazing how taking cases involving people who do not have the resources to pay for their own cases have the ears of people who do.
Highlights of the December 2013 Contra Costa Lawyer edition include articles on pro bono assistance for Contra Costa residents, children, students, seniors and the disabled.
The urgent legal needs of Contra Costa’s more than 200,000 impoverished residents are met by BayLegal.
CASA volunteers prevent children from becoming lost in an overburdened legal and child welfare system.
The CESQD creates and organizes the moot court competition as an arena for students to hone and showcase their analytical, persuasive and speaking skills.
There are numerous ways to become involved and make a difference for seniors. Your participation is a vital and valued component of improving their quality of life.
Rubicon Legal Services team empowers clients to access health insurance, housing, jobs and financial stability.
With approximately 1.2 million or more lawyers in the country, if even half did the ABA proposed and California recommended 50 hours a year, that would mean 30 million lawyer-hours a year devoted to those in need.
In Wolfe v. Jacobson (In re Jacobson), 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 8103 (9th Cir. Apr. 23, 2012), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held that bankruptcy debtors who successfully asserted a homestead exemption nevertheless lost the protected layer of value (here, $150,000), because a judgment creditor forced a postpetition execution sale of the house, and the debtors failed to reinvest their share of the proceeds in a new dwelling within six months. The court effectively reasoned that whenever a California exemption is allowed in a bankruptcy case, the debtor’s right to postpetition proceeds from the exempt value is subject to California’s time-limited protection of proceeds.
This year’s rescue of the Elder Law Center (ELC) was quite a feat, requiring the dedication of many organizations and even more individual members of the Contra Costa legal community.
Originally known as the Elder Law …