Center on Access to Justice

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FREE Upcoming Trainings by Practising Law Institute

Sep. 3 2015:  Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 
This is a webcast of the live San Francisco session.Why You Should Attend While the ethical obligations of pro bono legal practice are no different than a commercial law practice, there are practical considerations regarding eligibility of clients, challenging clients, conflicts (similar in theory, different in practice settings), expectations on both sides, case management responsibility, and different delivery models, such as limited scope representation, ... Learn More

Sep. 24, 2015: Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster  
A major disaster is likely to strike in California within our lifetime.  In the aftermath, survivors will need help to resolve legal issues related to the disaster.  By attending this program, you will learn about the most common post-disaster legal issues and then be able to participate in a regionally coordinated disaster legal services pro bono effort by providing brief phone assistance to disaster legal helpline ...Learn More

Sep. 25, 2015: Representing Clients with Mental Disabilities and Challenging Behaviors
You should attend this training if you are a pro bono or legal services attorney who provides, or would like to provide, legal services to clients with mental disabilities in disability cases and/or improve your representation of clients with challenging behaviors in any area of law. This two part training provides instruction on 1) components of a mental status exam and insight into interviewing clients with mental disabilities ... Learn More

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About the Center on Access to Justice

The State Bar’s commitment to expanding, supporting and improving the delivery of legal services to low- and moderate-income Californians is carried out by the Office of Legal Services (OLS). OLS has two components, the Center on Access to Justice and the Legal Services Trust Fund Program.

The Center on Access to Justice works to increase access to justice through:

The Legal Services Trust Fund Program is the grant-making arm of the Office of Legal Services. In accordance with legal requirements and the State Bar Rules, the Trust Fund Program administers revenue from the following sources that help fund civil legal services programs serving indigent Californians:

Program staff works with the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, comprised of 21 voting members and three nonvoting judges, who are responsible for determining applicant eligibility, monitoring recipient compliance and maximizing revenue. In addition to monitoring grantee compliance, the program is responsible for bank and attorney compliance with IOLTA requirements

Access to Justice Commission Publications:

If you would like to receive a hard copy or full report/brochure of any of the following below, please contact Louisa Ayrapetyan at louisa.ayrapetyan@calbar.ca.gov

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If you are an individual seeking free or low-cost legal assistance or self-help resources, go to: