Legal

DISCLAIMER: This resource site does not provide legal advice or counsel; the following list of resources are made available to Veterans, Servicemembers, and Supporters needing such services. Listing does not indicate endorsement of these resources. This site does not retain responsibility for the quality of service given by these entities. Each resource contains a link to the agency’s respective website; please visit these websites, call, or visit these agencies if you have questions on needed services.

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Department: The mission of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing is to protect Californians from employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination, and hate violence.  The DFEH is the largest state civil rights agency in the country. It was established by the Legislature in 1959 as the Division of Fair Employment Practices and was initially part of the Department of Industrial Relations. In 1980, the DFEH was established as an independent department charged with enforcing California’s comprehensive employment, housing, public accommodations and public service non-discrimination laws, as well as the State’s bias-related hate violence law. (Alternative dispute resolution, criminal defense, benefits – government)
Address: 2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100, Elk Grove, CA
Phone: 1-800-884-1684

California Hispanic Resource Council: To assist the Spanish-speaking population by educating the public about consumer fraud awareness, immigration and citizenship, and referrals to other government or community services. (Benefits – government, contracts, health/medical)
Address: 1006 4th Street, 5th Floor, Suite 1, Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 451-7151

California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation – Sacramento: CRLAF provides community outreach and education, public policy advocacy, litigation support, and technical and legal assistance for California’s rural poor.  We target our work in the areas of agricultural workers’ health, civil rights, education, labor & employment, immigration & citizenship, pesticides & worker safety, rural housing and sustainable communities. (Employment, housing). Address: 2210 K Street, Suite 201, Sacramento, CA 95816 – Phone: (916) 446-7904

Central California Legal ServicesThis is a non-profit law firm. They provide free legal assistance to low income families and individuals in the following counties: Fresno, Kings, Mariposa, Merced, Tulare, and Tuolumne. Address: 2115 Kern Street, Suite 1, Fresno, CA 93721; Phone (559) 570-1258    Fax (559) 486-7110

Civil Rights Clinic – UC Davis School of Law: Students provide legal services to indigent clients who have filed civil rights actions in federal court. Students will employ skills such as interviewing, counseling, research, writing, negotiating, taking and defending depositions, and possibly oral and trial advocacy. (Civil rights/discrimination)

Address: One Shields Avenue, Building TB30, Davis, CA  95616
Phone: (530) 752-5440

Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations: The Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations, Inc. (CCWRO) has been providing advocacy in the public benefits field since the early 1980s. CCWRO is a statewide nonprofit organization that provides back-up services to qualified legal service field programs funded by the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission and pro-bono attorneys referred to CCWRO by such legal services field programs. CCWRO provides consultation, information, training and representation on issues relating to public benefit programs such as Aid to Families With Dependent Children (AFDC) aka CalWORKs/TANF, Refugee Assistance, Medi-Cal, Welfare Employment Programs, Food Stamps, General Assistance, Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) and SSI. (Benefits – government, employment law, immigration)
Address: 1901 Alhambra Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Sacramento, CA  95816
Phone: (916) 736-0616

Community Legal Services – University of the Pacific – McGeorge School of Law: We are affiliated with the McGeorge School of Law and assist low-income clients in Sacramento County in the following clinics: Bankruptcy Clinic, Elder Law and Health Clinic, Immigration Clinic and a Housing Mediation Center for Renters and Landlords. (Family law, housing, immigration)
Address: 3455 Fifth Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95817
Phone: (916) 340-6080

Disability Rights California – Sacramento: Advocate, educate, investigate and litigate to advance and protect the rights of Californians with disabilities. (Benefits – government, civil rights/discrimination)
Address: 1831 K Street, Sacramento, CA  95811
Phone: (916) 504-5820

Disability Rights California – Office of Patient’s Rights: Under a contract with the State Department of Mental Health, the California Office of Patients’ Rights (COPR) provides patients’ rights advocacy and responds to patient complaints at the five state hospitals. Staff in COPR provides technical assistance and training for county advocates. They work to ensure that hospitals and facilities follow mental health laws, regulations and policies. COPR also serves as a liaison between county patients’ rights advocates and the state Department of Mental Health. (Civil rights/discrimination)
Address: 1831 K Street, Sacramento, CA  95811
Phone: (916) 504-5810

Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic: Students represent low-income persons in family law and related matters arising out of situations involving family violence. Students are supervised by the staff attorney at the clinic’s office located in Woodland. Under the supervision of the staff attorney, each student represents clients in seeking restraining orders, child custody and visitation, child support, dissolution, and property division. Students also assist clients in obtaining health care services, housing, and public benefits. (Benefits – government, family law, health/medical, housing, insurance)
Address: One Shields Avenue, Building TB30, Davis, CA  95616
Phone: (530) 661-4477

Financial Education Services: Financial Education Services strives to provide financial opportunity in its most complete form. With a focus on consumer education and providing a unique and personalized experience, we work to eliminate the burden of financial uncertainty while creating a plan of action and peace of mind for the future.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders: Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.

G.I. Rights Hotline: 1-877-447-4487
Network of over 20 organizations providing servicemembers and veterans non-directive counseling on discharges, military regulations, discrimination, sexual assault and harassment complaint procedures, filing grievances, political activity and similar issues.

Immigration Law Clinic: The Immigration Law Clinic (ILC) provides legal representation to indigent non-citizens in removal proceedings before U.S. Immigration Courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal courts,including the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ILC provides this necessary service to Northern California’s immigrant communities, offering education and legal services to low-income immigrants facing deportation while enabling students to gain practical, real-world experience. (Immigration)
Address: One Shields Avenue, Building TB30, Davis, CA  95616
Phone: (530) 752-6942

Justice for Vets: Justice For Vets is the nation’s only Veterans Organization exclusively committed to ensuring that veterans involved in the criminal justice system have access to Veterans Treatment Courts and the benefits, services and treatment they have earned.

Lambda Legal: Founded in 1973, Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.

Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)The mission of Legal Services of Northern California is to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within our community efficiently utilizing all available resources. ince 1956 Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) has provided quality legal services that empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty. Legal Services of Northern California serves 23 counties in Northern California. LSNC’s substantive priorities are: Support for Families, Preservation of Housing, Enhancing Economic Stability, Family Safety and Stability, Health Care, & Civil Rights. (Health/medical, housing)

  • Free Legal Advice & Advocacy for Healthcare Consumers
    Phone: 1-888-354-4474
    Website: http://www.health.isnc.net
  • Woodland (Yolo County) Office
    Address: 619 North Street, Woodland, CA
    Phone: (530) 662-1065; toll-free: (877) 883-4927
  • Sacramento Office
    Address: 515 12th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
    Phone: (916) 551-2150

The National LGBT Bar Association: The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The LGBT Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.

National Organization of Veterans Advocates: Provides legal assistance for veterans regarding their VA claims.

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP): The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has been the voice of veterans’ rights for more than 25 years. NVLSP is an independent, non-profit, charitable organization acting to ensure that the U.S. government honors the pact made with our 25 million veterans. NVLSP also recruits, trains, and assists thousands of volunteer lawyers and veterans’ advocates. And our publications empower veterans, their families and their advocates to obtain the benefits they’re entitled to by clearly outlining their rights under the law.

Pacific McGeorge Housing Mediation Center: The Pacific McGeorge Housing Mediation Center (HMC) is a community mediation center dedicated to helping landlords and tenants solve problems. We partnered in this project with Sacramento County Superior Court and Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) in an effort to help increase equal access to justice in an area of basic human need. This project focuses on housing. LSNC provides legal advice and representation in Unlawful Detainer court, the Superior Court has made efforts to increase self-help materials, increase online resources, and to bring considerable expertise to the project. (Housing)
Address: 20 Bicentennial Circle, Suite 200, Sacramento, CA
Phone: (916) 383-1861

Prison Law Clinic – UC Davis School of Law: Students provide legal services to clients incarcerated in state prison. The services require analysis and application of constitutional law, state statutory law, agency regulations, and the rules of professional responsibility. (Civil rights/discrimination, criminal defense)
Address: One Shields Avenue, Building TB30, Davis, CA  95616
Phone: (530) 752-6942

Public Advocates – Sacramento Office: Public Advocates Inc. is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity. We spur change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971. (Alternative dispute resolution, housing)
Address: 1225 8th Street, Suite 210, Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 442-3385

Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services: (Health/medical)
Address: 7001-A East Parkway, Suite 1000, Sacramento, CA  95823
Phone: (916) 875-2000

Superior California Legal Services, Inc.: Divorce (including divorce counseling), nullities, legal separation, custody, bankruptcy, wills, restraining orders and other family law services for the low- and middle-income consumer. Utilizes paralegals with attorney supervision. Legal Document Assistant service available on some uncontested family law issues for moderate fee. (Civil rights/discrimination, health/medical, immigration)
Address: 3220 El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA  95821
Phone: (916) 972-1188

Swords to Plowshares: (415) 252-4788
Organization whose attorneys provide brief advice and representation to qualifying veterans and their family members. Veterans must be San Francisco residents or have served on active duty since September 11, 2001.

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program: 202-628-8164 or 1-888-838-7727
Cooperative program of four national veterans service organizations (American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, National Veterans Legal Services Program, and Paralyzed Veterans of America) providing free attorneys to veterans and their qualifying family members who have an appeal pending at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California: VLSP is a volunteer-based “pro bono” legal aid program that provides free assistance with civil legal matters to low income clients living in the Sacramento region. Below are two clinics held by VSLP with links for flyers containing more information. Please read the flyers first since these clinics have certain hours to make appointments and have different locations. (Benefits – government, criminal defense, debt/bankruptcy, employment, estate planning, family law, housing)

  • Main Office
    Address: 517 12th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
    Phone: (916) 551-2116; intake line: (916) 551-2102
  • Driver’s License Reinstatement & Criminal Records Expungement Clinic
    Address: 915 Broadway, Sacramento, CA
    Phone: (916) 551-2155

Western Center on Law & Poverty – Sacramento Office: Western Center leads the fight in the courts, counties and capital to secure housing, health care and a strong safety net for low-income Californians. (Benefits – government, health/medical, housing)
Address: 1107 9th Street, Sacramento, CA  95814
Phone: (916) 442-0753

Women Escaping A Violent Environment (WEAVE): WEAVE provides an array of services to women, men and children in  the greater Sacramento region who have experienced domestic  violence or have been sexually assaulted. WEAVE also works as  part of the Rescue & Restore Coalition to support victims of  human trafficking. (Family law)

  • WEAVE – Midtown
    Address: 1900 K Street, Sacramento, CA  95811
    Phone: (916) 448-2321
  • WEAVE – South
    Address: 7600 Hospital Drive, Sacramento, CA  95823