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Rural Justice heads to Washington

California Rural Justice Collaborative discussed in DC!

APBCo Representatives went to Washington D.C. for a Second Meeting with Vice President Joe Biden

This Rural Justice Clinic Volunteer knows that just a little bit of our time makes all the difference for those in need!

This Rural Justice Clinic Volunteer knows that just a little bit of our time makes all the difference for those in need!

Wow, we can’t believe this – but May 17, 2014 marked the one year anniversary of the Rural Justice Collaborative, San Francisco Bay Area’s IMPACT (Involving More Pro bono Attorneys in our Communities Together) Project!

That’s right – the Rural Justice Collaborative has been working to increase free legal assistance to isolated and underserved regions of the greater Bay Area for a full year. And, we couldn’t be more thankful to our legal services and law firm partners for making each and every Rural Justice clinic possible and the first year of the project such a success.

Since its launch, the Rural Justice Collaborative has held 37 limited scope legal clinics in six regions – South Santa Clara, West Marin, Napa, East Contra Costa, El Dorado, and coastside San Mateo Counties. The Rural Justice volunteers have assisted 256 clients with immigration, housing, special education, and other civil legal matters. We are so grateful to our amazing legal services partners – including Asian Law Alliance, Bay Area Legal Aid, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto, International Institute of the Bay Area, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Legal Aid of Marin, Legal Aid of Napa Valley, and Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County.  They provide skilled expertise and training to ensure our pro bono attorneys are well-prepared to provide legal assistance to low-income Californians in our target communities.

Rural Justice Collaborative by numbers:

Rural Justice volunteers frequently staff clinics helping immigrant youth who are eligible for the federal DACA program.

Rural Justice volunteers frequently staff clinics helping immigrant youth who are eligible for the federal DACA program.

  • 37 clinics
  • 6 different regions
  • 70 pro bono attorneys
  • 14 law firms and 3 corporations
  • 256 clients assisted

In addition to the one year Rural Justice Collaborative anniversary, we are excited to report that on June 5, 2014, Vice President Joe Biden met with the Board of Directors of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (“APBCo”), and senior management leaders from board members’ law firms, in the Vice President’s Ceremonial Office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington D.C.  This was the second occasion on which the Vice President met with APBCo to focus on access to justice issues and the significant role that pro bono counsel at law firms play in the delivery of legal services to the poor. The Rural Justice Collaborative, and other IMPACT Projects across the country, were developed in direct response to the first meeting with Vice President Joe Biden in 2012.

The Rural Justice Collaborative was the first APBCo IMPACT project to launch. Other projects followed quickly throughout the country, including IMPACT LA, another IMPACT project housed at OneJustice which brings legal assistance to survivors of domestic violence in Los Angeles through limited scope legal clinics. We look forward to another great year of bringing free legal assistance to underserved communities through the Rural Justice Collaborative with our wonderful legal services partners and our amazing law firm partners:

Thank you to all the Rural Justice volunteers and legal services attorneys who made our first year such a success!

Thank you to all the Rural Justice volunteers and legal services attorneys who made our first year such a success!

  • Baker & McKenzie LLP
  • Bingham McCutchen LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • DLA Piper
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • LinkedIn
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nixon Peabody LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Perkins Coie
  • Prudential Financial, Inc.

Do you want to help tackle rural justice?  We’d love to have you involved!

For more information about the Rural Justice Collaborative, please contact Lauren Roberts at lroberts@one-justice.org.

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