Join your colleagues in signing onto the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge
Currently, over 4.3 million Californians are unable to access legal services, and it is estimated that 200,000 of these persons reside in Fresno County. These numbers represent families with young children, persons with disabilities, veterans, victims of domestic violence and elder abuse, seniors, immigrants and other low-income individuals. The demand for services from CCLS' client community surpasses the capacity of the staff and other resources of CCLS. Recognizing the growing severity of the unmet legal needs of the poor and disadvantaged in the central valley communities,we ask you to join with other attorneys and firms in Fresno County in providing the legal aid community with pro bono legal services by signing on to the Central Valley Pro Bono Outreach Project.
The Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge
As a non-profit law firm, Central California Legal Services Inc. (CCLS) provides the working poor, immigrants, families with young children, persons with disabilities, veterans, survivors of domestic violence and elder abuse, seniors, and other low-income individuals of Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Merced, Mariposa, and Tuolumne Counties with free legal aid services. Through its advocacy, CCLS aspires to advance justice and empower people.
In the case of access to the judicial system by low-income individuals, numerous studies show there is always more of a demand for services than legal aid programs can provide. A report authored by the California Commission on Access to Justice found that nowhere is this more evident than in the rural communities of the State of California. Further, the continuing recession has brought new individuals into legal aid offices to seek help, but diminishing resources make it difficult for legal aid to adequately help these individuals with their legal needs. It follows that voluntary legal service, in the form of pro bono legal aid assistance, is more important now than ever.
Recognizing the special needs of legal aid clients, pro bono activities focus on providing access to the justice system for persons who would otherwise be unable to afford it. With this great need in mind, Chief Justice Ronald M. George launched the Central Valley Pro Bono Challenge in Fresno. The Challenge is designed to increase the level of pro bono service provided to legal aid clients by attorneys, law students and other community volunteers in the Central Valley.
In this effort, Chief Justice Ronald M. George is supported by the California Access to Justice Commission, CCLS, and OneJustice.
About this site
CentralValleyProBono.org is a joint project of Central California Legal Services (CCLS), OneJustice, and Pro Bono Net. Through this site, CCLS supports attorneys, law firms, and law students who donate their time and/or resources in providing legal assistance to low-income seniors, individuals, and families.
Individual attorneys and law firms can provide invaluable pro bono assistance to our clients every day through legal clinics and limited scope and direct representation on individual cases and actions involving major litigation.
CentralValleyProBono.org offers many resources through which volunteers can locate and connect with pro bono opportunities
- The Upcoming Trainings section features upcoming events clinics and trainings especially designed for pro bono attorneys and students; you can search the calendar by date or geographical location.
- The Volunteer Opportunities section describes the different volunteer opportunities available as well as the advantages and benefits that come with volunteering including recognition and training opportunities.
- The Volunteer Resources section highlights the different resources support available for volunteers.
For more information on general California state resources, go to Californiaprobono.org