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This commission administers grant programs that fund nonprofit civil legal aid organizations, including Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) grants, and the Equal Access Fund.
The commission is comprised of 21 voting members (15 lawyers and six nonlawyer public members) and three nonvoting bench officers. At least two of the public members must be eligible for services as "indigent persons" as defined by Business and Professions Code section 6213(d). The Board of Trustees appoints 14 voting members. The Chair of the Judicial Council appoints the remaining members.
The commission seeks lawyers and nonlawyer public members who possess a commitment to the delivery of legal services and sensitivity to the needs of low-income communities. Lawyers and members of the public who have experience or familiarity addressing the particular problems of self-represented litigants, experience and familiarity with community economic development, or who have knowledge of the structure and practices of banking and financial institutions are encouraged to apply.
Doan Nguyen, 415-538-2545, Doan.Nguyen@calbar.ca.gov
Chair: Banafsheh Akhlaghi
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