California Western’s Access to Law Initiative (ALI) is expanding its presence in the San Diego community to make legal services available to even more people.
ALI is now holding monthly legal clinics in Hillcrest to provide free and low-cost legal services to residents who would otherwise lack access to legal assistance.
These clinics will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at the LGBT Center at 3909 Centre Street from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Volunteer lawyers will be available for free 30-minute consultations to help people evaluate their legal problems.
The legal consultations were made possible with funding from the office of San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria.
“We are very pleased to have the support of Councilmember Gloria to help extend our ability to reach out to the community,” says Bob Seibel, ALI’s director. “These clinics complement our Community Education program in which we partner with community groups to have our lawyers make presentations on legal issues of interest to community members. Our Access to Law Initiative lawyers are making a great contribution to the community by providing these free services while they also work to build their law practices that provide affordable legal services to the community.”
“Legal advice is often considered too expensive and unattainable for many San Diegans,” said Councilmember Gloria. “I am proud to support California Western School of Law’s Access to Law Initiative to remove the barriers to trustworthy legal advice, and appreciate the LGBT Center’s willingness to host the monthly legal clinics.”
ALI began operations in San Diego in June 2012 and has offices in two locations downtown and sees clients in San Marcos. The program is part of a rapidly emerging concept in the provision of affordable legal services to clients who often do not have access to lawyers. ALI also provides critical training and professional development for lawyers who have chosen to practice in solo, small-firm, and nonprofit enterprises.
To learn more, visit the ALI website.