Overview

Virtual Pro Bono Legal Services connects volunteer attorneys and legal services organizations with low-income community members in need of legal services remotely through technology and the internet.  An attorney can provide legal consultation from any location with an Internet connection. A community member can go to a convenient local site, such as a library, local legal aid office, or community center, to seek services. The consultations are supervised and managed by a legal service organization that provides training, logistics, and risk management support.

The Pro Bono Project has spent the Last 26 years filling in the gaps in legal services to the low income residents of Silicon Valley and making access to justice available.

Pro Bono Project has joined with its partners to take the next step using technology to tap into more volunteers and bring services to population that have not had access because of the unavailability of attorneys.

What are the Benefits?

Benefits to Community Members

  • Convenience – A community member can go to a convenient local site, such as a library, local legal aid office, or community center, to seek advice and services
  • Affordability – Legal advice is provided at no cost to community members, attorneys donate their pro bono time to help community members with general legal questions
  • Quality – Receive quality and legal advice from experienced attorneys from across the bay, state, and nation

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
  • Risk management by legal services organizations
  • Logistics by legal services organizations
  • Training by legal services organizations
  • Supervision, mentors and support by legal services organizations
  • Skills based service
  • Productivity increase of attorney
  • Ease of scheduling time

Benefits to Legal Services Programs

  • More attorneys
  • More expertise
  • Serve more community members
  • Bring services to remoter areas
  • Web-based, open-source platform
  • Accessible from anywhere
  • Secure
  • Standard web technology, no proprietary coding

Making a Difference

“Yvonne” has a misdemeanor conviction in her past, which she disclosed on her employment application for her childcare job. Citing a new law requiring parental notification about criminal records, her employer fired her. Yvonne wants to clear her record and recover damages from her employer.