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Access to Law Initiative (ALI)
Access to Law Initiative (ALI)


The Access to Law Initiative (ALI) brings affordable and pro bono assistance to people who lack access to legal services, while supporting California Western graduates who engage in solo or small firm practice or participate in a nonprofit entity.

To learn more, visit their website: www.accesstolawinitiative.com

ALI attorneys provide affordable and pro bono legal services in many areas of law including:

  • Bankruptcy and Business Transactions
  • Civil Litigation
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Elder Law and Veterans Benefits
  • Employment and Labor
  • Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts
  • Family Law
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Immigration
  • Nonprofit and Small Business
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate

click here for a complete list of attorneys

ABOUT ALI

The program is comprised of two projects: a contact network and an incubator law office where people who want to engage in solo or small firm practice or operate a non-profit entity can get support. The model for both was developed at City University of New York School of Law.

The incubator law offices provide space where solo practitioners and small firms can be together and support each other like lawyers in a firm might do. Participating lawyers have 18 months to get their practices developed to the point where they can become independent. The participants may be lawyers who have worked for some time for someone else and want to transition to solo or small firm practice, or they may be recent graduates who have been admitted to practice, and have little practice experience but a desire to operate their own practice or non-profit.

ABOUT THE ATTORNEYS

Each ALI attorney agrees to commit 100 hours of pro bono, "low bono," and public service work each year. ALI will help obtain referrals from various community organizations, the courts, and government agencies.

ALI lawyers will work with California Western’s Community Law Projects as well, and may work with students who participate in those programs. ALI provides low-cost training to the participants about the development and management of cases, billing and collecting fees, ethical issues related to solo and small firm practice, substantive areas of law, accounting, taxes, and related topics.

Lawyers who leave the incubator after developing their practices will continue to mentor new entrants to the incubator.

CONTACT US

General questions about the program can be directed to Bob Seibel at 619-752-4443 or rfs@cwsl.edu.

Potential cases may be referred directly to participating attorneys: