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: 2nd 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.
WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2018, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WHERE: San Diego Public Library, Central Branch, 9th Floor Shiley Events Suite
330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101
Here are just a few of the organizations who participated in last year's Fair:
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.
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.
Elder Law & Advocacy is a caring group of experienced professional staff and trained volunteers who are dedicated to serving seniors in both San Diego and Imperial Counties. They provide civil legal services in subject areas concerning seniors, Medicare and Medicare related counseling and advocacy, referrals to community senior service providers and many other services. Instead of requiring clients to come to one or two locations, their staff attorneys and trained Medicare counselors travel to close to 40 convenient, accessible locations throughout the community on a regular schedule to meet face to face with those in need of services.
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 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.
Promises2Kids is a leading nonprofit organization originally founded over 30 years ago as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego County. Since 1981, Promises2Kids has responded to the needs of foster children and provided support to children removed from their home due to abuse and neglect.
Promises2Kids annually provides over 3,300 current and former foster youth in San Diego County with the tools, opportunities, and guidance they need to address the circumstances that brought them into foster care, overcome the difficulties of their past, and grow into healthy, happy and successful adults. Promises2Kids supports these children through our four core programs: Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars and Foster Funds.
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.
The Court first tapped volunteer power in 1986 when it opened its original Children’s Waiting Room in response to community concern for child witnesses exposed to prisoners being escorted through the public hallways. Since then, the volunteer program has expanded to embrace many facets of court activities. The volunteer program can provide an invaluable experience to individuals seeking a legal career, as well as to those interested in serving their community.
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.”