Community Development

Our community development program ensures that
everyone has the chance to become an owner in Bayview
through legal services to entreprenuers


Finding Entrepreneurs

We look for local small businesses and entreprenuers who have past the proof of concept stage, who need financing, but where traditional debt financing is unavailable or insufficient.

Securities Offering

We work with experts in securities law and corporate finance to produce direct-to-public offerings, allowing local businesses to rapidly raise capital and grow their businesses.


Online Processing

Each offering requires hundreds of hours of work. To facilitate processing the transactions, we are partnering with a new online portal (not yet active) to streamline the process for investors.

Investors Can Come in Many Forms

Local Residents

Local residents can buy the investments and own a piece of the business assets in the community. As those businesses increase in value, everyone in the community can benefit.

Social Impact Investors

Social impact investors can invest in local businesses in low and moderate income communities and help drive job growth for those that need it most. We score all our offerings using the IRIS metrics.

This program is currently in soft-launch mode. Check back soon to read our outcomes.


1. American University, Key Studies and Data About How Legal Aid Improves Housing Outcomes

2. George Washington Law School, In Pursuit of Justice? Case Outcomes and the Delivery of Unbundled Legal Services

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.