Free Bankruptcy Legal Clinics Available

United States Bankruptcy Court
Northern District of California

235 Pine Street, 19th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94104 ∙ 415.268.2340 ∙ 415.268.2304 Fax
 
PRESS RELEASE
 
April 2, 2009 Contact: Wendy Kan, 415.268.2340
 
Free Bankruptcy Legal Clinics Available
San Francisco – The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California and the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project announced the availability of free legal clinics which offer limited legal advice to low-income individuals already involved in adversary proceedings without legal representation.
The clinics are available on a monthly basis in Oakland, San Francisco and San Jose. The clinics are staffed with volunteer bankruptcy attorneys and law students. The first clinic session will commence on April 9, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the United States Bankruptcy Court, 1300 Clay Street, Suite 300, Oakland. A complete clinic schedule, along with information regarding services offered are available on the court’s website at: http://www.canb.uscourts.gov/Pro_Se_Pro_Bono_Services.
“Due to the current state of the economy, many people have found themselves involved in bankruptcy proceedings without the benefit of legal counsel. The BPBP clinics are a helpful resource that indigent litigants can turn to as their case wends through the bankruptcy court,” said Chief Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of the Northern District.
The BPBP is a cooperative effort of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Northern District of California and numerous Bay Area bar associations and non-profit groups. In addition to the bankruptcy court, BPBP members include the Northern District of California Bench-Bar Liaison; Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum; bankruptcy sections of the Bar Associations of San Francisco and 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; the Contra Costa-Solano Center for Consumer Law and Self-Help; and the Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley.
For more information about the BPBP clinics, contact Wendy Kan at the bankruptcy court, (415) 268-2340, email: pro_bono@canb.uscourts.gov. Information regarding pro bono services is also available on the court’s website at: http://www.canb.uscourts.gov/Pro_Se_Pro_Bono_Services.
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