Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project: A Free Public Service for People Who Have Already Filed Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project
A Free Public Service for People Who Have Already Filed Bankruptcy

Free Legal Advice May Be Available to You

If you have filed for bankruptcy and you are not represented by an attorney, you may have legal questions regarding your bankruptcy case. Volunteer bankruptcy attorneys and law students offer free legal advice to low-income individuals throughout the Bay Area.

If you are currently involved in a bankruptcy case and cannot afford the services of a lawyer, you may be able to receive free legal advice from a volunteer attorney.

How it Works

Free legal clinics are frequently conducted throughout the Bay Area. Please visit the court’s website at for additional information, hours and locations, or ask the Clerk’s Office staff at any of the four bankruptcy court locations listed below.

Legal assistance is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Make sure to bring your relevant documents with you. Subject, to availability, clinics will be held in San Francisco, Oakland, Pleasant Hill and San Jose, with additional sites to be announced at a later date.

Please visit the court’s website at for the most up-to-date and detailed information regarding the times and locations of future clinics.

Terms and Conditions

Please note that the attorneys staffing these legal clinics can only provide brief legal advice related to your current bankruptcy case. They will not represent you in that proceeding and will not provide legal advice on other matters.

The legal clinics are not guaranteed to solve all of your legal issues related to your case. The volunteer attorneys can give you the number of local referral agencies that may be able to help you find an attorney for additional services.

For More Information

For more information regarding the locations and times of the BPBP clinics, as well as other informational materials, please visit the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California’s website at: You may also visit any of the court’s four locations, listed below, for more information.

Oakland Division

1300 Clay Street, Suite 300
Oakland, CA 94612

San Jose Division

280 South First Street, Room 3035
San Jose, CA 95113

San Francisco Division

235 Pine Street, 19th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94104

Santa Rosa Division

99 South E Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

About the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project

This effort was put together in 2009 by local county bar associations and non-profits and is supported by members of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California. Our volunteers are bankruptcy attorneys who are committed to assisting the public who find themselves challenged by the basic legal questions of the adversary proceeding process and who cannot afford to hire a lawyer. The effort is supported by the following non-profits:

  • Northern District of California Bench Bar Liaison Committee
  • Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum
  • Bankruptcy Sections of the Bar Associations of San Francisco & Alameda Counties
  • Volunteer Legal Services Program of the Bar Association of San Francisco
  • Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
  • Contra Costa County Bar Association
  • The Law Center (Contra Costa County)
  • John F. Kennedy School of Law
  • Santa Clara University School of Law (tentative)
  • The Contra Costa-Solano Center for Consumer Law and Self-Help
  • Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley
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