Do you have a basic legal question but couldn’t find anyone who could provide an answer? Do you need to talk to an experienced attorney? Do you need straightforward answers to your legal questions?
Councilperson Desley Brooks has partnered with the Charles Houston Bar Association and the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) of the Alameda Bar Association to provide free legal information and referrals at her Eastmont Office starting Saturday, March 18.
Lawyers will be available the third Saturday of the months of March, May, July, September, November, and January at at Councilmember Brooks’ Eastmont Office at 7200 Banccroft Ave. (upper level) from noon to 2 p.m.
The volunteer lawyers from Charles Houston Bar Association will provide free legal help to people living in District 6 who otherwise cannot afford it.
This program matches trained volunteer attorneys with low-income people in need of critical legal services – such as family law, criminal law; landlord tenant issues, or protecting a parent’s right to custody and visitation.
In 1983, the Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) was founded in response to cutbacks in federal funding to the Legal Aid Society and the increasing demand for legal services for the poor. In 1983, the VLSC budget was just $37,800. VLSC mission is to provide free legal assistance to Alameda County’s low income population remains as strong as ever.
During its 30+ years, VLSC has served more than 35,000 clients, providing legal education, advice and counsel and representation to low-income people in the community.
On average, VLSC has supported 300 volunteers annually through training, technical assistance and mentorship. Over the last three decades, VLSC volunteers have logged approximately 60,000 pro bono hours, which ranslates to $18 million worth of free legal services for Alameda County!
The Charles Houston Bar Foundation, Inc. is a charitable organization. Its mission is to provide educational services and programs to improve access to justice; to advance equal protection under the law, by promoting the provision of services to under-served Bay Area communities.
The Charles Houston Bar Association also seeks to advance African American access to justice and the courts and to increase diversity within the legal community and the bench.