Solving Injustice

Our mission is to provide access to justice for the residents of Bayview/Hunters Point, the highest need neighborhood in San Francisco. We help residents solve any legal issue for which for-profit attorneys are unavailable. We do this by working outside the courtroom, representing clients in everything from investigations to mediations to administrative filings. And when a case does require courtroom appearances, we work with our partners to find competent and low-cost legal counsel.

However, we know that justice is not just about the filing of lawsuits and the settling of claims. We also use our legal skills to improve the neighborhood's economy and alleviate poverty. We do this by using securities law, real property law, and our community connections to build local wealth and create jobs for local residents.

In fact, we believe that we can achieve even greater impact by tackling the twin issues of legal services and community development simultaneously. Our model of legal services focuses on building long-term relationships with clients, and we believe that we can use those relationships to better create community development. We believe the result of this integration will be increased volunteerism, civic engagement, and empowerment.

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We believe that legal services is the least-served social need in the United States. Less than one in five low-income persons receive any help on their legal problems - preventing them from enforcing their property rights, their housing rights, their family rights, and more. Legal assistance can not only be used to protect people's rights, but also to create economic opportunity. Bayview/Hunters Point is one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Bay Area, and suffers from a series of issues. We believe that by combining traditional legal aid and community development work we can be more effective in both, in the process revitalizing this marginalized neighborhood.

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