The Law Belongs to All of Us

A person’s ability to enforce important civil rights should not depend on their income. We’re an award-winning nonprofit working to create the country’s first system of universal access to legal representation and prove that when everyone has access to the law, poverty can be dramatically reduced.

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Read: The Problem

Return on Investment

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For every $1 we spend on services and overhead, we generate $6.63 in financial benefits for our clients and deter $14.75 worth of illegal activity.

Evictions Prevented & Families Housed

Evictions defeated, clients transferred into new housing, and housing barriers removed

Millions in direct financial returns

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Combined awards, canceled debt, and settlements on behalf of our low-income clients

Family Conflicts Resolved

Survivors and children protected, families reunited, divorces granted, and conflicts resolved

Sponsor a Case

We publish a sample of our live cases as sponsorships to help people understand the kinds of issues our clients deal with on a daily basis. By sponsoring a case, we’ll provide you with updates on how it resolves.

  1. When Rats Infested Marisol’s Home, Her Landlord Ignored Her Requests For Help.

    Hundreds of rats overtook Marisol's home due to her landlord's negligence. Now the damage is costing her family thousands of dollars. Answer Marisol's call for help.
    • 100%

    $1,200.00 donated of $1,200.00 goal

  2. It’s Time For Talia* To Go Home

    Talia has never belonged to a family. When she was a little girl, her parents left her with some relatives. They never came back. 23 years later, Talia is going home.
    • 18%

    $535.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal

  3. Help Dianne* Turn The Page

    40 years ago, Dianne's marriage fell apart. With her husband in prison and no job of her own, she couldn't afford an attorney to help her navigate the trauma. We can give Dianne a fresh start. Will you join us?
    • 7%

    $130.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

  1. When Rats Infested Marisol’s Home, Her Landlord Ignored Her Requests For Help.

    Hundreds of rats overtook Marisol's home due to her landlord's negligence. Now the damage is costing her family thousands of dollars. Answer Marisol's call for help.
    • 100%

    $1,200.00 donated of $1,200.00 goal

  2. It’s Time For Talia* To Go Home

    Talia has never belonged to a family. When she was a little girl, her parents left her with some relatives. They never came back. 23 years later, Talia is going home.
    • 18%

    $535.00 donated of $3,000.00 goal

  3. Help Dianne* Turn The Page

    40 years ago, Dianne's marriage fell apart. With her husband in prison and no job of her own, she couldn't afford an attorney to help her navigate the trauma. We can give Dianne a fresh start. Will you join us?
    • 7%

    $130.00 donated of $2,000.00 goal

Our Model

Universal Access

We’re pioneering a way to ensure everyone can use the law to protect themselves, on any issue, no matter what their income is.

Comprehensive Services

We directly represent low-income residents in over 35 areas of law and engage in joint case management with other human service professionals.

Built to Scale

We built our knowledge infrastructure to scale. We want to prove that universal access can work at a large scale and become a model for national replication.

Featured Story: Ariel

Ariel was convinced she was going to die. Threatened at gunpoint and with her emergency transfer stuck in a bureaucratic morass, she didn’t believe there was a way out.

Read how we resolved it.

Full Transparency

Read our annual budget and programming plan to find out how we’re holding ourselves accountable and what we are spending money on.

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What’s New

Anna

Anna

Anna Family Law Attorney I have always felt that, because of my education and societal privilege, I had an obligation to speak up. So I started doing a lot of volunteer work, particularly around sexual violence and trauma. I learned that zero people on the team had a...

Come to Our 2017 Gala!

Come to Our 2017 Gala!

Join Open Door Legal in celebrating five years of community service. Thanks to supporters like you, we’ve offered pioneered universal access to legal representation, starting in the southeast corner of San Francisco. Committed to the belief that everyone deserves...