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*Important Update Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)*

Our Excelsior and Bayview offices are now open for appointments from 10 am to 4 pm, closed from 12 pm to 1 pm. Our Western Addition office remains closed until further notice.

In compliance with city reopening guidelines, all clients will be required to wear a mask in order to enter the offices. We are monitoring the situation and will continually update our social media and website with any changes. If you have any questions regarding how Coronavirus may be affecting your legal issue, please view our coronavirus resource guide.

View our Coronavirus legal resource guide • Ver nuestra guía de recursos legales de Coronavirus •  查看我们的冠状病毒法律资源指南 

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Please enter the 5-digit zip code you reside in, so we can determine your eligibility for services
We want to know the zip code of the place that you live at more often than not. If you are homeless, this means where you shelter. 

Ingrese el código postal de 5 dígitos donde Usted reside, para que podamos determinar su elegibilidad para nuestros servicios
Queremos saber el código postal del lugar donde vive más a menudo que no. Si no tiene hogar, esto significa dónde se refugia.

請把您居住的郵區號輸入以便我們確定您是否合資格接受服務。
我們要知道您居住的郵區號,如您是無家可歸者,填您的庇護所。

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Iniciar formulario de Ingreso

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Le gustaría una referencia?

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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.