There is only about one legal aid lawyer for every 15,000 legal needs experienced by low-income people every year. As a result, only about 20% of low-income people get any help in any way on their legal issues. Thanks to this, the US ranks 68th out of 97th countries in the world in access to civil justice.
Yet legal aid is incredibly effective: people are 5-10 times more likely to win their case if they are represented by a lawyer. Without this aid, people cannot protect their rights to stay in their housing, safeguard their property from seizure, or keep custody of their children. They cannot use the law in creative ways that build wealth.
The law is a great tool for creating opportunity and preventing injustice. We believe it should be accessible to everyone, and we're providing that access in the highest need neighborhood of San Francisco.Click here to learn more about our mission.
In order to solve injustice, we have two programs. The first utilizes an innovative model to serve the legal needs of everyone in the neighborhood who cannot afford a lawyer, in any legal subject area. We do all the work on a case before litigation: investigation, research, mediation, administrative filings, and negotiated settlements. We also help prepare clients for small claims court, or if they need full litigation, we work with our partners to find pro bono or low-cost counsel. Click here to read about our legal services program.
Our second program creatively uses the law to build local wealth. The first stage of this program is to help local businesses attract investment through direct public offerings on a web platform we're constructing. The second stage is to use this exchange to fund development of community-owned real property. The third stage is to build local wealth through diversified ownership of these local assets. Click here to read about our community development program.