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Opportunities

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)
LAFLA is the frontline law firm for low-income people. LAFLA is committed to promoting access to justice, strengthening communities, combating discrimination, and effecting systemic change through representation, advocacy, and community education.

LAFLA provides a broad-range of direct legal services through its six offices and six courthouse clinics. Its sixty attorneys specialize in family law, employment law, immigration law, consumer law, government benefits, eviction defense, housing, and community economic development.

The Community Economic Development Unit offers a growing number of transactional pro bono opportunities in affordable housing development, job development and assistance to nonprofits. Types of maters include incorporations, tax exemption filings, trainings for nonprofit directors and small business owners, reviews of employee manuals, and affordable housing development agreements.
LAFLA's web site: www.lafla.org

For more information, please contact:
David Ackerly, Director of Private Attorney Involvement
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
(323) 801-7908 (voice)
(323) 801-7945 (fax)
dackerly@lafla.org

SAIF--Seniors Against Investment Fraud--

The SAIF Program is a statewide outreach campaign under the California Department of Corporations. Its primary purpose is to alert and educate Californians over the age of 50 about investment and telemarketing fraud crimes and how to avoid being victimized by scam artists.

In conjunction with the California Department of Corporations, LACBA is looking for attorneys to assist senior citizens in protecting their assets against con artists.

As California's securities regulator, the Department of Corporations is committed to keep the financial markets fair and efficient and protect investors.

The Seniors Against Investment Fraud Program (SAIF) exists to alert and educate seniors about financial and investment fraud, scams, and unscrupulous sales practices that specifically target seniors.

YOU CAN HELP

Educated consumers are less likely to fall victim to scams. SAIF empowers seniors by providing valuable information and resources so they can make well-informed financial decisions.

We are looking for talented volunteers who can help make a difference in improving the quality of life for California's seniors.

Public Counsel
Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law office in the nation and provides assistance to a wide spectrum of people who live at or below the poverty level. Volunteer attorneys have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects – large and small, litigation and transactional matters. These cover practice areas including: children's rights, consumer law, homelessness prevention, immigrants' rights, child care law, and community development. Public Counsel's staff provides training, model pleadings and forms and consultations to volunteers.

Public Counsel's Community Development Project is committed to providing qualifying small businesses and nonprofits the transactional legal assistance they need to develop, grow and be sustained. Public Counsel's nonprofit clients provide needed community services such as job training, after school activities for at-risk youth, homelessness prevention, transitional housing for teen mothers, and healthcare for uninsured families. We also assist micro business clients that are located in, and employ residents of, low-income and underserved areas.

Volunteers may choose from a variety of matters, including incorporating and obtaining tax-exempt status (for a nonprofit), choice of entity (for a micro business), and ongoing matters such as drafting and reviewing contracts, leases, loan documents, and joint venture agreements, as well as matters such as board and organizational liability, employment policies, intellectual property, and real estate acquisition and development.

Some recent representative matters have included: (i) a merger agreement between two community-based health clinics; ii) a construction contract for renovation of a youth center in South LA; and (iii) a software license agreement for a minority-owned micro business in the West Adams area.

If you are interested in volunteering your time with Public Counsel's Community Development Project, please contact Carlo Castro at (213) 385-2977, extension 127.

To view available volunteer opportunities from among the different projects at Public Counsel, visit the website at: www.publiccounsel.org.

To request to be added to a list of interested volunteers, please click here.

Please note that Public Counsel's malpractice insurance extends to all volunteers who provide pro bono services to Public Counsel's clients.


Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles (NLS-LA) Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County is one of California's premier legal services programs. Nationally recognized for its wide-ranging, innovative and collaborative advocacy, the hallmark of NLS-LA is its unwavering commitment to community involvement and a dedication to improve the quality of life in poverty communities. Founded in 1965, NLS-LA serves the low-income communities in the San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley, and throughout most of LA County.

NLS-LA provides excellent pro bono opportunities for attorneys and firms interested in working in a wide-variety of legal areas including family law/ domestic abuse, real property preservation, and tenant rights. Advocacy to address the core legal needs include access to health care, economic development, education, job training, and employment.

NLS-LA also regularly relies upon volunteer attorneys throughout the year to staff its domestic violence clinics, self-help legal access centers and worker's rights clinics. NLS-LA has an office and/or a clinic in the cities of Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, Glendale, Lancaster, Pacoima, Sylmar, El Monte, Pomona, Long Beach, and Santa Monica.

In addition, NLS-LA provides pro bono opportunities for business and corporate lawyers who would like to assist a nascent non-profit organization in the areas of incorporation (including articles and bylaws drafting), securing tax exemption status, and understanding its ongoing reporting responsibilities.

For small businesses, NLS-LA needs pro bono attorneys to assist with small business loan applications, licensing, commercial lease negotiations, and ensuring financial solvency.

NLS also works with non-profit affordable housing developers who need assistance with transactional contracts, funding and tax credit applications.

For more information about NLS-LA';s volunteer attorney opportunities, please contact Chancela Al-Mansour, Directing Attorney of Pro Bono Projects at: calmansour@nls-la.org

Resources
For a detailed guide discussing the rules and procedures for organizations seeking non-profit tax status:

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