Open Door Legal

Gala 2020

*Note: due to the COVID-19 virus, we will be having our gala online on Sunday, September 13th. Please email hannah@opendoorlegal.org with any questions or concerns.

September 13th 2020

Sunday Evening

5:30 pm PT

Streamed online

Watch here

100

San Francisco Families

The heart of our city is the people who live here. But everyday, people are forced to leave because of unfair and illegal treatment.

From housing to immigration to family law, join us as we work together, in one night, to keep 80 families in San Francisco.

We’re building the country’s first system of universal access to legal help.

We opened our doors in 2013. Since then, we’ve helped over 3,000 people with their cases. In the past year, we opened two new centers, and now serve 40% of San Francisco’s low-income population.

We plan to make San Francisco the first city in the country with universal access to legal help and become a model for national replication. Eventually, our impact will be so well-understood that any discussion of poverty in America that does not include legal aid will be deemed not credible.

Pre-Registration has ended, but you can still sign up to bid/donate at our gala using the link below!

This Year’s Sponsors

Protector Sponsors

Community Sponsors

Neighborhood Sponsors

Interested in a sponsorship? Email julia@opendoorlegal.org for more information

The Law Belongs

To All of Us

CITATIONS

1. American University, Key Studies and Data About How Legal Aid Improves Housing Outcomes https://www.american.edu/spa/jpo/toolkit/upload/housing-7-30-19.pdf

2. George Washington Law School, In Pursuit of Justice? Case Outcomes and the Delivery of Unbundled Legal Services https://scholarship.law.gwu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi

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.