Center on Access to Justice

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FREE Upcoming Trainings by Practising Law Institute

Oct. 2, 2015: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings
The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher. Program changes and budget cuts have created a “perfect storm” for public assistance recipients. Several significant changes to key benefits programs have occurred in recent years, imposing new complex rules. At the same time, county staff has shrunk... Learn More

Oct. 7, 2015: California Special Education Law
Currently, close to 700,000 students with disabilities receive special education services in California, comprising about 10 percent of the state’s public school enrollment. The California Special Education Law 2015 program will provide attendees with a targeted look at a number of issues affecting the practice of special education law today... Learn More

Oct. 21, 2015: In-House Counsel and Pro Bono -- Making the Match
There has been a lot of interest in involving the talented cadre of in-house counsel into the pro bono volunteering world, and in recent years, tremendous momentum has been gathering. In the spirit of the upcoming 7th Annual National Pro Bono Week, please join this one-hour briefing to learn more about the art of making the match. Topics to be addressed in this free briefing include: The experience of in-house... Learn More

Oct. 27, 2015: Ethical Issues in Working with Pro Bono Clients
Pro Bono clients are like any other clients in many ways. But some Pro Bono clients present ethical issues for attorneys that are often different than presented by fee-paying or contingent fee clients. Lawyers sometimes face difficult questions about defining who the client is, communication with clients, clients with diminished capacity, conflicts with fee-paying clients, and many others. Representation of nonprofit organizations ... 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

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