Pro Se/Pro Bono Services

Pro Bono Services Available

 

San Jose Division Cases:

  • The Santa Clara University Alexander Community Law Center offers a monthly clinic regarding debtors’ rights. The advice provided during the clinics is free of charge.   Please call (408) 288.7030 for more information and to make an appointment. 
  • The San Jose Pro Bono Project holds free legal clinics for debtors in bankruptcy the first and third Tuesdays of each month from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Appointments are required.  Please call (408) 998.5298, extension 311, for more information and to make an appointment.
  • Bay Area Legal Aid provides legal information to pro per consumers at clinics in San Mateo, Napa, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.  For more information and to access flyers for clinics, please see http://baylegal.org/what-we-do/consumer-law/ or call the Legal Advice Line at (800) 551.5554.

Oakland Division Cases:

  • The Alameda County Bar Association’s Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) provides free direct legal assistance to self-represented persons who need assistance with their bankruptcy case in the Oakland Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California.

    The Program is designed to assist debtors who do not have a bankruptcy attorney.  The VLSC provides free direct legal advice and, in some instances, representation.  VLSC cannot represent all such debtors due to income guidelines and other limitations. Appointments are mandatory.  To learn more about VLSC’s services, and to make an appointment, please call: (510) 302.2222, press option 4.

  • The Contra Costa County Bar Association (CCCBA) offers a Bankruptcy Workshop presented by attorney members of the CCCBA Bankruptcy Section. Providing general legal information to residents of Contra Costa County, at this free clinic you will learn more about the bankruptcy process and have general bankruptcy questions answered, even if you are already involved in a bankruptcy matter and are being sued. The attorneys present cannot represent you. Information that you provide the attorney present will be held strictly confidential. The attorney will not consult with you outside this program and will not become your attorney regarding any specific matter you may discuss with the attorney. Nothing that is said or done during this program creates an attorney-client relationship.
     

If it is determined that you may need to seek further legal counsel, you will be referred to the Contra Costa County Bar Association's Lawyer Referral and Information Service, a California State Bar certified lawyer referral program at (925) 825-5700 or online at http://www.cccba.org/community/find-a-lawyer/index.php.
 

You will find upcoming bankruptcy workshop dates on the CCCBA website: http://www.cccba.org/community/free-legal-workshops/bankruptcy.php. You may register online or call (925) 370-2540.

  • Bay Area Legal Aid provides legal information to pro per consumers at clinics in San Mateo, Napa, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.  For more information and to access flyers for clinics, please see http://baylegal.org/what-we-do/consumer-law/ or call the Legal Advice Line at (800) 551.5554.

San Francisco Division Cases:

  • The Justice and Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco provides legal information regarding debtor’s rights at clinics in San Francisco.  For more information about the clinics, please call The Bar Association of San Francisco’s Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS) at (415) 989-1616.  

 Santa Rosa Cases:

  • Bay Area Legal Aid provides legal information to pro per consumers at clinics in San Mateo, Napa, Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.  For more information and to access flyers for clinics, please see http://baylegal.org/what-we-do/consumer-law/