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Virtual Legal Service Program in Review – What We Did in 2013

Last year was a big year for Pro Bono Project and the Virtual Legal Services Program. We added staff, added locations and increased the number of volunteersattorneys available for consultations.

What We Accomplished

With his background in public service and pro bono work, Cameron Day was hired in June to oversee and run the Virtual Legal Services Program. Then we focused on finding additional locations to host the clinics. Starting with a pilot program in Morgan Hill in February, we added 7 other locations: Campbell, Milpitas, Gilroy, Los Altos, Saratoga, and the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Pro Bono Project offices.

During the last half of 2013, we held a total of 25 clinics that serviced 71 community members. We had over 35 volunteers attorneys from DLA, Fenwick, Cisco, Haynes & Boone, Winston & Strawn, Littler, Baker Botts and private practice that provided those virtual consultations.

The range of legal topic areas included: (in the order of need)

  • Family Law
  • Immigration
  • Small Claims
  • Real Estate
  • Civil
  • Estate Planning
  • Employment
  • Business Organization
  • Bankruptcy/Debt Issues
  • Intellectual Property

What Is Next

Based on the great response to the pilot clinics in Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County Library has agreed to operate four separate clinics Across the county.  We are also working with the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs to provide a first-of-its-kind virtual clinic at a South Bay VA center specifically for veterans and their legal issues. This new virtual clinic will include an intake and general advice clinic as well as a clinic for limited scope representation, all performed virtually!

Currently online training is available for the five most common legal topics areas: immigration, family law, small claims, employment and consumer law, but we are working to expand training to include debt collection, probate and estate issues and real estate law.

Pro Bono Project plans to continue leading the development of this program by increasing host locations, enlisting more volunteer attorneys, and developing an online platform to better manage the sign up and scheduling of the clinics.

Thanks to Our Partners and Sponsors

The program would not exist if not for our Partners & Sponsors including: Fenwick & West, DLA Piper, Cisco Systems, Baker Botts, Kuo Sharper Foundation, Littler Mendelson, Xerox, Detati Communications, Duane Morris, Haynes & Boones, I.O.L.T.A., Lenovo, Winston & Strawn, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, Paragon Legal, Santa Clara County Library District

If you would like more information on the Virtual Services Legal Program, have a suggestion for a host location or are an attorney who would like to volunteer your time, please contact Cameron Day at the Pro Bono Project office (408) 998-5298.


PBP Announces a New Virtual Legals Services Program

The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce two Virtual Pro Bono Clinics, with more to come, for the month of August!

The Virtual Legal Services Program has partnered with the Santa Clara County Bar Association and the Morgan Hill Library to establish two Virtual Pro Bono Clinics aimed at providing free general legal advice to underserved clients.

Where and Where are the Virtual Clinics?

The Morgan Hill Library is conducting a Virtual Clinic on Tuesday, August 20, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  More information can be found here.

The Santa Clara County Bar Association is conducting Virtual Clinic on Tuesday, August 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

How can I sign up for the Virtual Clinic?

You can sign up for the Morgan Hill Virtual Clinic or you can sign up for the Santa Clara County Bar Association Virtual Clinic.

How do the Virtual Clinics work?

Clients with general legal questions can sign up for a twenty minute advice session online or through our partner sites.  Clients show up at the partner site at the arranged time and use the provided laptops, printer/scanner, and video conferencing software to virtually meet with a volunteer attorney over the internet.  Clients can scan documents to the attorney and seek legal advice from the attorney.  The attorneys offer legal advice to the client, print any document directly to the client, and provide any the client with any necessary referrals to legal service agencies.

What happens if the Virtual Clinics are full?

More partners sites are under development, so be sure to check out our website for more information about future sites and additional Virtual Clinics.

Why should I participate?

In addition to getting free legal advice, you will be helping us test the use of new technology to offer more free legal services by volunteer attorneys to the community.


PBP Welcomes New Virtual Legal Service Program Manager

The Pro Bono Project is pleased to announce that we have brought on board Cameron Day, who will serve as the Program Manager of the Virtual Legal Services Program.  One of his many roles is to oversee the development and implementation of our Virtual Pro Bono Clinics.

Cameron is an attorney who comes to the Pro Bono Project with legal experience in public and private practice having handled cases ranging from real property litigation, contractual disputes, employment law, non-profit representation, trust and probate petitions, and election law as well as having served as a prosecutor in Santa Clara County.

Prior to practicing law, he worked for the U.S. Congress as well as the Assembly of the State of California and he was a principal partner at a political consulting firm specializing in campaign compliance and reporting. Cameron graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2009 and has extensive experience working as a Pro Bono attorney and an advocate for non-profits as a volunteer.  He also is an experienced event planner and fundraiser.  Cameron holds a B.A. degree in Classical Civilization from U.C.L.A. and an A.A. degree from De Anza College.


Virtual Legal Clinic Launch Luncheon

In Honor of Martin Luther King Day of Service, join us on February 13, 2013, from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. to launch the “Virtual Legal Clinic,” leveraging internet-based technology to broaden delivery of pro bono services in our community.

“Virtual Legal Clinic” connects volunteer attorneys with low-income clients in need of legal advice remotely through online web conferencing. An attorney can provide legal consultation from any location with an Internet connection. A client can go to a convenient local site, such as a library, local legal aid office, or community center, to seek advice. The consultations are supervised and managed by a legal service organization that provides training, logistics, and risk management support.

Come learn about the program and how you can help.

Location:
DLA Piper LLP
2000 University Avenue
East Palo Alto, CA 94303-1509

Sponsored by DLA Piper, Fenwick & West, Cisco and Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley.

Benefits to Pro Bono Attorneys

  • Minimize wasted travel time. You can make a difference without ever leaving your office or home.
  • Efficient communication with clients and service agencies.
  • Flexible scheduling.
  • Reach the underserved in the community.
  • More opportunity for meaningful engagement.

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