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Law Office Management

Jul. 2, 2015

Bay Area Legal Aid Seeks Volunteer Attorneys for Debtors' Rights Clinic

Pro bono project helps clients address debt and credit-related issues.

THE VOLUNTEERS: Bay Area Legal Aid's (BayLegal) Debtors' Rights Clinic seeks attorneys to work pro bono at weekly clinics in San Mateo, Contra Costa, Napa, and Alameda counties.

THE CLIENTS: Low-income Bay Area residents.

THE WORK: Clients come to the clinics for help reducing their debt, clearing or maintaining their credit ratings, and addressing other debt and credit challenges. (BayLegal also operates other consumer clinics in the East Bay and San Mateo County.) Lawyers may help pro per litigants respond to debt-collection lawsuits and prepare discovery, as well as help clients protect exempt income from being seized.

THE RESULTS: The organization says it has helped clients recover $5.6 million in the form of judgments, settlements, restitution, and other relief.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Contact the clinic's pro bono coordinator at probono@baylegal.org, or find more information at baylegal.org/what-we-do/consumer-law/. Interested attorneys must attend a training session (the next is September 19 in San Francisco).

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Donna Mallard

Daily Journal Staff Writer

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