“When I moved my family across the globe, I thought that was the end of my problems. Then came the mold.

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We’re Proud to Announce a Partnership With the DRK Foundation

We’re excited to announce that Open Door Legal is one of the newest grantees of the Draper Richards Kaplan (“DRK”) Foundation. The DRK Foundation was founded on a belief in the power of innovation and the conviction that with bold support, passionate individuals with...

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...

Open Door Legal’s 2017 Annual Meeting

All clients, donors, and volunteers of Open Door Legal are invited to participate in our 2017 annual meeting! At the meeting, members will learn more about our current programming, discuss and approve our annual budget, approve any changes to our governance, and learn...

Vision Zero Displacement Call-Back

Ever since childhood, our co-founder Adrian has been dedicated to reducing poverty.

He studied systemic poverty in college and went to work in the field for a few years. Eventually, he had a thesis that legal aid was the most cost-effective way to address poverty in America. He wrote up a business plan and used it to apply to law school. 

The idea was to create the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation that ensures everyone can obtain timely, competent legal help for any legal issue, regardless of ability to pay. That had never been done before in the history of the United States.

In law school, he met Virginia, our Programs Director. Together, they co-founded the organization, two weeks after Adrian passed the bar.

When we opened we put a sign in the window, and with just that marketing and almost no other outreach we were overwhelmed with requests for help from people with good cases who had been turned away everywhere else.

Our first year we had revenue of $35,000. We would hand shred documents because a shredder was too expensive. Despite the financial challenges, we were able to work on over 280 cases in everything from housing law to family law to consumer law in the first year alone.

The hours were extreme, the pay was low, and the learning curve was steep. Still, we persisted. We knew that almost everyone we helped was not able to receive services anywhere else. Eventually, we attracted the interest of funders. We tripled our revenue for several years in a row. In 2015, we won the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge, which enabled us to expand even more. In 2019, we secured additional funding from the city that allowed us to open two new centers in the Excelsior and Western Addition.

As of 2020, our staff has grown to 27 full-time employees. We’ve shown that universal access is possible. Now, we plan to scale city-wide, make San Francisco the first city in the country’s history to have universal access to legal help, and become a model for national replication.