CHOOSE JUSTICE. INCREASING ACCESS FOR THOSE WITHOUT.
“There is nothing more important to the stability and welfare of our country than our justice system. Critical to the proper functioning of the judicial system is the public’s confidence in and respect for it. We have the chance to see that the needy are provided with the legal services they need, a goal that I strongly believe is critical to the maintenance of the public’s confidence in and respect for our justice system.”
– Honorable John A. Sutro, Jr., Retired, Legal Services Trust Fund Commission Member

About the Campaign

Legal Aid Stories

Photo of Caleb Cirjack and his service dog, EddyAccess to service dog is imperative for autistic child’s education

Caleb's parents were at a loss as to how to help their six-year-old child with severe non-verbal autism. Caleb has low cognitive abilities and difficulty interacting with others. Read more...

Photo of Marina AlbaA long day offers DACA applicants great relief

It was a long day, but a very satisfying one for University of the Pacific McGeorge Law School. Faculty, future lawyers, and volunteers pulled together to help 135 young people - most still in school, and all undocumented - apply for DACA status. Read more...

Photo of Yu Chu HuangLegal aid helps Mr. Huang keep a roof over his head

Living in San Francisco is very difficult for seniors, like Yu Chu Huang, who rely on public benefits. He rents an in-law unit with his wife in the basement of a building in Chinatown and their only source of income is Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Read more...

Photo of James MeadLegal aid wades through bureaucracy to get an army veteran back to work

James Mead, an army veteran, first came to The Bar Association of San Francisco's Volunteer Legal Services Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) in 2010 to address an administrative problem with the VA. Read more...

Photo of Melinda BirdLegal aid preserves crucial in-home care for disabled veteran and his wife

Veteran CT* served in the U.S. Army at 28 years old. Now in his 70s and disabled, he was determined to care for Allie Mae, his wife of 36 years who had severe memory problems and a terminal illness. Read more...

Photo of Karla SanchezDACA opens up a world of possibilities for a high school senior

Karla Sanchez is like a lot of graduating high school seniors - ready to leave home for the first time, unsure of her future. But unlike many of her classmates in the San Pedro area of Los Angeles, Karla had additional doubts about what would happen after graduation. Read more...

Photo of Diana MadoshiLegal aid increases the resources available to Ms. Madoshi and other low-income seniors

A debilitating chronic disease forced Diana Madoshi into early retirement. Without a steady income, the cost of health insurance soon exhausted her savings and eventually forced the sale of her home. Read more...

Photo of David LevinLegal aid secures a safe and affordable home for Alan and his roommates

Ten years ago, Alan* suffered an injury that left him partially paralyzed, and with only the use of his left hand. Alan moved in with his brother and each rented a room in a house near their medical clinic . Read more...

Photo of Janeth Nae Medina-LariosA Weight off Nae's Shoulders

Nae was admitted to a number of prestigious universities, but nine digits prevented her from attending. Although raised in the United States, Nae was born in Mexico and lacked a social security number. Read more...

Photo of Andy ChenLegal aid helps deserving people trapped in tragic circumstances

To a trained attorney like Andy Chen, completing paperwork for a variety of immigration issues is no big deal, but to a low-income immigrant with limited English capabilities, these legal documents are intimidating. Read more...

Photo of Leslie NapperLegal aid protects Leslie's critical outpatient mental health services

In the spring of 2010, rumors were flying that Sacramento County planned to close successful nonprofit outpatient mental health clinics. Read more...

Photo of Katherine MarquartThe Justice Gap Fund gives a voice to those who would otherwise have none

I once had the opportunity to be intensely involved in a pro bono class action case with the Public Counsel Law Center on behalf of several thousand children living with autism in East Los Angeles. Read more...

Photo of Bruce ThomasLegal aid helps Mr. Thomas and his daughters stop a faulty foreclosure and save their home

Bruce Thomas, a single father from Riverside, California, and his two daughters faced homelessness when a bank foreclosed on their home after 18 months of loan negotiations. Read more...

Photo of Juana ArandaPro bono attorneys keep fighting after elderly woman lost home in a sham foreclosure

When pro bono attorneys took her case, 86-year-old Juana Aranda had already lost her home of 30 years in a foreclosure scam and was living in a cramped apartment with her daughter and granddaughter. Read more...

Photo of Scott EdelmanThe Justice Gap Fund helps deserving people in times of crisis

I support the Justice Gap Fund because it helps deserving people who cannot afford an attorney obtain access to justice during critical times in their lives, and introduced me to a client in crisis who ended up becoming a life-long friend. Read more...

Photo of Corazon LugodCorazon receives life-saving surgery and keeps critical public benefits

For nearly eight years, 72-year-old Corazon Lugod visited the AmeriCare Adult Day Health Care Center for needed therapy and exercise, and to socialize. Recently, however, she came close to losing it all. Read more...

Photo of Virgie Bernice JacksonLegal aid helps Mrs. Jackson stay in her home

Virgie Bernice Jackson, a longtime resident of South Los Angeles, was a nurse at John Wesley County Hospital in the late 1940s. In 1998, at the age of 77, she came to legal aid because she was facing foreclosure on her home of 37 years. Read more...

Photo of CharlieLegal aid helps combat veteran obtain disability benefits and escape homelessness

The events that Charlie* experienced during the Iraq War left him with both physical and psychological wounds. In Iraq, Charlie witnessed the killing of women, children, and his fellow Marines. Read more...

Photo of Elissa GershonMorrison & Foerster, LLP helps obtain justice for low-income seniors and people with disabilities

After two long years, and with the help of a wonderful pro bono team from Morrison & Foerster, LLP, we finally reached a settlement in Darling, et al. v Douglas C:09-03798 SBA. Read more...

Photo of Garrett and DavidLegal aid secures the services Garrett and David need to overcome their challenges

Born prematurely to a homeless mother who used methamphetamines during pregnancy, Garrett and David had severe developmental delays. Read more...

Photo of Esther DarlingLegal aid preserves Mrs. Darling's independence

When, in 2011, the State passed legislation to eliminate the Adult Day Health Care program, Esther Darling decided she needed to act in order to maintain her own independence and that of the 35,000 other people who rely on ADHC. Read more...

Whether you provide free legal services through a legal aid organization or donate your time through pro bono work, we would love to hear your story! To submit your story for publication consideration, please email your or your client's story, and corresponding photos, to caforjustice@calbar.ca.gov.

Please share your stories and photos with us so we can continue to educate the community about the importance of legal aid funding and the critical role legal aid plays in our communities.