VOLUNTARY LEGAL SERVICES PROGRAM (VLSP):
There are many Central Valley residents who need your help and just a few hours of volunteering can dramatically change someone's life.
Our clients are the working poor, immigrants, families with young children, the disabled, veterans, victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, seniors and other low-income individuals. Unfortunately, there are not enough resources to handle all of the issues that our clients face without help from the private bar.
The VLSP is the primary vehicle for pro bono legal assistance delivered to low-income individuals and families in Central California and neighboring foothill communities. VLSP recruits volunteer attorneys and others who donate their time and or resources in providing legal assistance to low-income individuals, families, seniors and veterans.
Benefits Offered to Volunteer Attorneys
- Free liability and professional malpractice insurance coverage
- Free/discounted access to MCLE accredited training seminars
- Reimbursement for court reporting fees through the Transcript Reimbursement Fund
- Access to mentor attorneys and other professional volunteers
- Satisfaction of helping low-income individuals and families enhance their lives
- Networking with other professionals
- Meeting your moral and ethical obligations
How You Can Help Others Pro Bono
Direct Representation – extended representation in civil litigation cases.
Limited Scope Representation - assist victims of domestic violence (Project First Step).
Co-counseling/Mentoring – work with a CCLS staff attorney to assist with representation.
Law Clinics – volunteer for a few hours on a variety of topics, including: Guardianship, Conservatorship, Simple Estate Planning (Wills) and Veterans' issues.
Veterans’ Assistance - civil legal clinics for veterans and military of the USA Armed Forces.
Pro Bono Attorney Program - Free State Bar dues and MCLE for inactive/retired attorneys.
Make a Difference- Become a VLSP Volunteer Today!
If you are interested in working for CCLS, please see if there are any job openings at the Employment page.