For the San Diego Paralegal Association, volunteerism is the cornerstone of our core values. We believe strongly in the intrinsic value of using our time, talent and resources to benefit our organization and our community. Doing so serves not only to benefit those we serve, but also aids in our own personal and professional growth.
To discover ways in which you can use your energy and skills to benefit the community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our mailing list. We look forward to hearing from you!
SAVE THE DATE: 6th Annual Volunteer Legal & Community Fair
Don't miss our upcoming Volunteer Legal & Community Fair (formerly the "Pro Bono Fair")!
We'll be hosting the event once again this year in conjunction with the San Diego Public Library. Be moved and inspired as you meet with non-profit organizations - both within the legal community and outside of it - with which you can share your time, talent and resources.
Here are just a few of the organizations who may be attending. You will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with each non-profit to discover ways you can get involved!
GenerateHope serves San Diego's sex trafficking victims by offering a real way out, by providing long-term, comprehensive programs to women to women who have been sexually trafficked, so that they are able to re-integrate into society and walk powerfully into their futures. Our vision is to see survivor's of sex trafficking and exploitation recover from the abuse and trauma of the sex trade, and to educate our community and work with local law enforcement and task forces to eradicate human trafficking in San Diego.
Free to Thrive seeks to empower survivors of human trafficking to be free from exploitation and to thrive by providing them with legal services and connections to other supportive services. We work to build opportunities for our clients through community collaboration and connecting clients with a variety of services and resources. Legal services provided to clients of the clinic include: child custody/family law, civil litigation, expungement/vacating criminal records, and much more.
The Clean Slate Clinic is a volunteer-driven, community-based organization that provides free post-conviction legal assistance to individuals who continue to be affected by the criminal justice system. In 2012, a public defender, a community organizer and a recent law school graduate recognized that there was a need to provide hands-on, comprehensive same-day expungement services to San Diego County residents who were looking for jobs, trying to find housing, and ready to move on with their lives. Five years later, the Clean Slate Clinic is still committed to empowering individuals to rise above and beyond their past and to educating and engaging the community around the collateral consequences of the criminal justice system.
Tom Homann LGBT Law Association is dedicated to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues throughout California and the nation. We are also the place for San Diego's LGBTQ lawyers to network, build friendships and develop their careers. Our annual events include our Awards Dinner, Networking events, Law Student Receptions, and participation in LavLaw, the nation's largest conference for LGBTQ issues.
THE JACOBS & CUSHMAN SAN DIEGO FOOD BANK
The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 26 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 370,000 people per month in San Diego County.
The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) helps more than 30,000 adults and children each year to heal and prevent relationship and sexual violence. CCS operates the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego along with a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. The nonprofit agency also provides emergency domestic violence shelters, hospital and court accompaniment, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by rape, domestic violence, and elder abuse. CCS also works with local community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs to promote healthy relationships and peaceful communities.
LAWYERS REFERRAL AND INFORMATION SERVICE
Do you need to find an attorney to assist you with a legal situation? Contact us and we will help you find the right attorney. LRIS Referrals come with a free 30-minute consultation with family, personal injury, employment, civil litigation lawyers or more.
LEGAL AID SOCIETY is available to low income individuals & disadvantaged communities for a variety of legal problems, including consumer, family disputes, welfare and health benefits, immigration and poverty law issues such as landlord/tenant disputes, disability support and family benefits payments. Federal Poverty Income Guidelines determine eligibility for free legal services. Our staff of expert legal workers will help you and your family resolve your legal problems free of charge. Call as soon as a problem exists.
ElderHelp provides personalized services and information that help seniors remain independent and live with dignity in their own homes. We are supportive, caring, and empathetic–we strengthen lives. We passionately pursue our mission, emphasize collaboration, strive for productive communication, and seek to cultivate goodwill. We honor the process of aging; we listen and acknowledge others’ ideas, are considerate, and value diversity. We strive for quality in all we do; we are responsive, innovative and efficient.
The SDCBA encourages every member to volunteer their time either in pro bono legal services or general community volunteer opportunities. Join the many SDCBA members who volunteer their time and efforts for a variety of community oriented events and activities.
We need your help in our quest to provide more services to more people and to reach out to the entire San Diego community. Our newly created Volunteer Program will be a win-win for our volunteers and for us. Make your pro bono hours count for us and you’ll help add strength to our promise of providing access to justice. Law students — you can build your resume learning valuable skills working with our outreach team and Information Desk staff. Library students — you can experience librarianship in a law library environment.
SAN DIEGO LAW LIBRARY VOLUNTEER
Law students and paralegals typically work in SDVLP’s offices and clinics. To date, more than 480 law students have volunteered with SDVLP. In 2010 alone, 136 law students volunteered their time through SDVLP. These law students touch approximately 4,000 cases each year. SDVLP offers paralegals the opportunity to utilize their legal training to assist low income residents with their legal issues. Paralegals may volunteer at legal clinics to support our staff and volunteer attorneys in pro bono matters. SDVLP has a particular need for Spanish speakers.
Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). Voices for Children believes that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, monitor every court file in the system, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County’s foster children.
Wills for Heroes programs provide essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first-responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first-responders plan now, they ensure their family’s legal affairs are in order before a tragedy hits. The 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit Wills for Heroes Foundation supports these Wills programs, giving back to the community and “protecting those who protect us.”