Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Conservatorship Clinic
Pro Bono Program helps those in need
We continue to provide needed services
Summer 2006 Volume 6, Issue 1
to disabled, sick and elderly low income
people at the Conservatorship Clinic.
2005-2006 year was very successful Here are a few examples of the clinic’s
Many of our over 1,000 volunteers Together with the LASSD Pro Bono
provided valuable assistance to thou- staff, volunteers provided over 18,000 Volunteer attorney Stephanni Hemmi,
sands of low-income San Diego resi- hours to the Pro Bono Program. This Esq., helped an elderly woman draft
dents during 2005-2006. Our volunteers is an estimated value of $2.75 million! powers of attorney to allow her daugh-
worked on many activities, including: Thank you to everyone for your great ter to help with her financial affairs and
service. government benefits.
• provided legal representation
• assisted self-represented litigants at The State Bar of California is awarding
Volunteer attorney Alyssa Joyce, Esq.,
courthouse clinics and other agencies over 100 volunteers the prestigous Wiley
drafted estate planning documents for a
• made presentations on many legal top- W. Manuel Award for their invaluable
terminally ill woman who has a minor
ics to community members and other service. Please see page six for the
names of honorees. child. The mother wanted to nominate a
guardian for her child and arrange for
• assisted Hurricane Katrina victims.
an easy estate administration.
2005-2006 Outstanding Services Awards A niece needed help with a petition for
conservatorship over her elderly aunt
The Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program honors the folllowing
who suffers from dementia. Volunteer
organizations and individuals for their exceptional contributions this past year.
attorney Ann Lee, Esq. assisted her and
Organizations the petition was approved.
Heller Ehrman, LLP
Cooley Godward, LLP Volunteer Veronica Hernandez-Arce
University of San Diego, School of Law provided assistance in Spanish to a
Thomas Jefferson School of Law mother who consulted the clinic for help
California Western School of Law with a petition for limited conservator-
San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association ship for her disabled adult son. The peti-
Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego tion was approved.
Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego
Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association
Christina Wickman, Esq., Steven Wickman, Esq., and Elizabeth Arleo, Esq. We are also pleased to write that the
Conservatorship Clinic showcased its
Individuals program during the Knowledge Fair at
the Statewide Conference on Language
Amy Barrett Karimah Lamar, Esq. Ikumi Pinato
Curtis Bulgatz, Esq. Anne Lee, Esq. Sara Raffer, Esq. Access to the Courts in May 2006.
Elsa Carre, Esq. Judith Liebe Damon Rahimi
Rajesh Chabra, Esq. Jonathan Lightfoot Maria Rios The Conservatorship Clinic is coordi-
Bank Dawson Sally Lorang, Esq. Carmen Ruda nated by staff attorney Susanne Hilles,
Joanne Doughty, Esq. Keeley Luhnow, Esq. Henry Siegel, Esq. Esq. Please contact Susanne at
Kristen Essner Alan Marblestone, Esq. Jonathan Staley SusanneH@LASSD.org to volunteer.
Barbara Frezza, Esq. John McEvoy, Esq. Elisa Sue, Esq.
Hans Gieseker, Esq. David McGlothlin Philip Tencer, Esq.
Carrie Harp Erin McQuillan Ben Tharaldson
Brooke Hartmann, Esq. Lizbet Munoz, Esq. Barry Tucker, Esq.
Michael Hirman, Esq. Merlinda Nugent Matthew Walker, Esq.
Cathy Hongola, Esq. Maria Orozco Paula Warne, Esq.
Palma Hooper, Esq. William Padilla Ben Warren, Esq.
Lorraine Jeanes Myrna Pascual, Esq. Rosemary Willingham, Esq.
Page 2 Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program
Civil TRO/Unlawful Detainer Clinic running smoothly Hall of Justice Restraining
Order Clinic is a success
Our East County clinic assisted over 700 After the trial a few weeks later, the
people last year. The clinic is running as couple stopped by the clinic. Their pro With the help of Stephanie Wentworth,
smooth and as effortless as ever with per landlord had lost, was ordered to Shane Barrett, Kelly Niemi and the
the new addition of staff attorney Susan make repairs and the fair rental value continuing support of long-time volunteer
Turcich Esq., and the continuing support was adjudged at $400 per month, $600 Maria Rios, our Restraining Order
of volunteer Judith Liebe. Judith has less than was contracted. Clinic had a very successful year. We
volunteered over 150 hours of her time look forward to the new summer interns
this year. Ikumi Pinato, Alephia Damon Rahimi, under the supervision and other volunteers who are scheduled
Baxamusa and Damon Rahimi were of staff attorney Sara Raffer Esq., to start this summer.
also integral in providing assistance to assisted Sheila A. and her family with a
our participants. request for a Temporary Civil Restrain- In one situation, first year law student
ing Order. Sheila, a volunteer for a do- Shane Barrett assisted Vin H. with a
We had many success stories in our mestic violence group, had called Child Temporary Restraining Order against
clinic this year. Third year law student Protective Services (CPS) after receiv- her uncle. Vin, a college student in her
volunteer Ikumi Pinato, under the ing information that a couple’s children early 20s, told Shane that her uncle had
supervision of Susan Turcich Esq., might be in danger. CPS removed the molested her at age 10. Just the week
assisted a couple who had withheld their children upon inspection. before she had finally told her parents.
rent due to lack of adequate heating. The Since the truth had become known in her
participants were taken to the hospital The mother and her boyfriend were en- family, her uncle was harassing her with
after suffering carbon monoxide poison- raged, found out Sheila’s address, and numerous emails and more than 60 phone
ing. They called SDG&E which had red came to her house. They broke down calls in one week. She was suffering
tagged and disconnected the heater and the front door and threatened her and emotional distress and her uncle would
sent notices to the landlord. her family with weapons. Sheila’s sons not stop after she had repeatedly told him
managed to scare the attackers away not to contact her. She also worried that
The landlord made no repairs and re- and they were precipitously arrested, but he would come to San Diego to confront
fused to return any of the participant’s Sheila was very scared and wanted pro- her.
phone calls. The couple resorted to us- tection. Damon assisted her with the
ing their oven as a heater and buying a paperwork and declaration and the Tem- Shane helped Vin write a declaration and
carbon monoxide monitor so they could porary Order was immediately granted. to complete the request for a temporary
turn off the oven if the levels got too high. restraining order. Then, Vin became
The cost to repair the heater would ex- very worried about getting him served
ceed a month’s rent and the couple had and the subsequent hearing. Sara had
no faith in the landlord reimbursing them “We would like to institute Vin come back to the clinic and helped
or giving rental credit for repairing the an Unlawful Detainer Clinic her organize her phone records and
heater themselves. Ikumi assisted with in every court [in San Diego emails and prepare an outline for the day
the participants’ Answer in the Unlaw- County].” of court. Vin won by default at her hear-
ful Detainer action for non-payment of Ray Sorensen ing and now has a restraining order for
rent and asserted their defense of Assistant Executive Director three years.
uninhabitability. She advised the partici- Hall of Justice
pants to bring photos and the notices Email Sara Raffer, Esq., at
from the gas company. SaraR@LASSD.org if you would like to
volunteer at the UD/Civil TRO Clinic in
La Raza Lawyers Association trains child therapists East County or at the Hall of Justice.
Thank you to San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association whose members, Lilia
Garcia, Esq., Victor Nunez, Esq., Carlos Varela, Esq., and others gave an
from a client . . .
excellent three-hour presentation to child therapists at Home Start. The presenta- “If it were not for you, we
tion overviewed the criminal justice system, what the child may go through if called ordinary folks would not stand
to testify, children’s rights as witnesses in a criminal case and some do’s and don’ts a chance. Thanks muchly!”
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program Page 3
New South County Unlawful Detainer Clinic
and expanded hours for Hall of Justice Clinic
The Pro Bono Program is pleased to announce the opening of a new Unlawful
Detainer Clinic in the South County Courthouse. In addition, the Unlawful Detainer to our Spring Interns
clinic at the Hall of Justice is expanding and is now open an additional 2 days per
week. The Pro Bono Program has a wonderful partnership with the San Diego The Spring 2006 semester ended too
County Superior Court and the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) agreed quickly for our spring interns and for the
to fund these new clinics. Pro Bono Program staff who truly
appreciated their assistance! We offer
There are 6,000 Unlawful Detainer lawsuits filed annually in San Diego County. A our thanks to:
vast majority of tenants do not have an attorney to represent them at court. Without
Dave McGlothlin Kirstie Nooris
legal assistance, many are unable to assert their defenses and end up homeless. Ikumi Pinato Odeha Warren
However, with help from the Unlawful Detainer clinics, those tenants are able to Kelly Vierra Catherine Price
effectively file their Answers to the Complaint and receive legal options on how to Mike Lee Guadalupe Padilla
prepare their case for trial. It is a huge assistance to pro pers who have nowhere Damon Rahimi Massoud Shamel
else to turn! To volunteer at the clinics, contact Rebecca Nieman at Rajesh Chabra Jasamine Bains
RebeccaS@LASSD.com or (619) 471-2731. Stephanie Wentworth
Disabled Homeless Outreach Project seeks continuation funding Thank you also to spring intern William
Padilla (see article on the Low Income
Our Disabled Homeless Outreach Project (DHOP) continues to bring legal Taxpayer Clinic).
services directly to San Diego’s homeless population. Project supervisor Jack
Dailey, Equal Justice Works fellow, and his volunteers station themselves within
medical clinics that serve the homeless. This unique medical-legal collaboration Welcome to our
has proven successful at accessing homeless individuals who have severe mental Summer Interns
health and/or physical health conditions. The DHOP was highlighted June 11, 2006
in an article in The San Diego Union-Tribune.
As Jack nears the end of his two-year fellowship project, he maintains a full case We are pleased and excited to welcome
and clinic load, while pursuing additional funding to continue the project. A recent our Summer 2006 interns:
case example demonstrates the importance and continued need for these acces- Yvette Girard
sible legal services. Every Wednesday evening a variety of professionals and church University of San Diego Law School
volunteers come together to feed, provide medical care and otherwise serve the Uri Itkin
homeless at the Pacific Beach United Methodist Church. In addition to the medical Northwestern School of Law
clinic, homeless individuals have access to acupuncture services, dental care and, University of San Diego Law School
through the DHOP, legal services. One homeless woman, “Ms. Wright,” was re- Megan Johnson
ferred to the DHOP by a UCSD Free Medical Clinic physician. Ms. Wright had Thomas Jefferson Law School
lived in her car since losing her job due to chronic medical conditions. Over six Joy Dixon
months, she visited local hospital emergency rooms over ten times. Despite having University of San Diego Law School
no regular income, she faced medical bills in excess of $50,000 and the threat of Caroline Robert
lawsuits by aggressive collection agencies. University of San Diego Law School
California Western School of Law
After an investigation, Jack learned that Ms. Wright had County Medical Services Edward Kramer
(CMS) coverage for seven of the visits and he communicated this information to University of San Diego Law School
the collection agencies on her behalf. Next, Jack appealed the denial of CMS ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○
coverage for the remaining three visits. While ultimately unsuccessful at the ap- All of our interns help pro pers with civil
peal hearing, Jack worked with the hospital billing department to request a charity legal issues at the various Pro Bono Pro-
care discharge of the remaining debts. The billing department agreed to grant the gram clinics, conduct legal research and
discharge. Ms. Wright and Jack would like to thank the billing department at Scripps. perform other types of legal assistance.
The DHOP clinics will continue at least until the end of August. The DHOP and They hone their legal skills and hopefully
Pro Bono Program are actively seeking additional funding to continue this impor- many of them will become dedicated to
tant work. Email Jack at JackD@LASSD.org to volunteer with the program. a life in public interest law!
Page 4 Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic continues its success Homeowner wins
predatory lending case
The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic her taxes and represented her in an ap-
continues to deliver quality legal services peal of an IRS effort to levy her social Martha and Luis, were in default on the
to taxpayers who need help dealing or security benefits. The clinic also had a second mortgage on their home. They
contending with the Internal Revenue significant success on behalf of a tax- entered into an equity purchase contract
Service (IRS). Now in its second year payer who, as a single father, claimed a which contained multiple violations of the
of operation, the clinic offers advice and number of family-related exemptions and Equity Purchase Act and ended up los-
representation to taxpayers who cannot credits over several consecutive tax ing title to their
afford to pay an attorney or CPA. The years. The IRS had rejected the home. Henry
clinic is run by Jason E. Turner, LASSD taxpayer’s refund claims for each of the Siegel, Esq., rep-
senior attorney and is funded, in part, by years in question. After audit reconsid- resented Martha
a grant from the IRS. “Demand in the erations and appeals, the IRS agreed to and Luis in media-
low-income community for effective tax pay the full amount of each year’s tion and negotiated
law help is huge,” Jason said, “because refund, plus interest—for a total of more the return of their
of the complexity of the Tax Code and than $12,000! property to them.
because of the IRS’s growing emphasis They will also receive reimbursement of
on enforcement.” back taxes, a monetary credit and other
A big thank you to William Padilla,
a third year Cal Western law student benefits. Well done, Henry. Thank you
Volunteers play a big role in the clinic. who interned with the clinic this spring. very much!
Andrew Epstein recently helped a William did a great job, has a great
self-employed taxpayer successfully sense of humor and was a pleasure to Henry Siegel, Esq., and Michael
resolve past taxes with an offer in work with! We welcome summer in- Hirman, Esq., also received an excel-
compromise. Daniel Jenkins assisted terns Michael Jabro and Edward lent result for Ethel F. The landlord had
a taxpayer in correcting past tax returns Kramer to the clinic. let Ethel’s home fall into terrible disre-
to reduce her tax liability. Michael pair. There were no locks on the doors
Jabro, a CPA and a third year law Contact Jason at JasonT@LASSD.org or windows, no heat, no fire alarm, holes
student at California Western School of to participate in the Low-Income in the walls, walls falling down, roaches,
Law, assisted a taxpayer in analyzing Taxpayer Clinic. etc. On top of all this, the landlord forc-
ibly evicted Ethel and threw her posses-
sions out. Henry and Michael negoti-
Collaboration yields great client service ated a settlement of $75,000 for Ethel.
Congratulations, Henry and Michael!
In a recent case, LASSD senior family law attorney Eulalia
Villavicencio, Esq. and pro bono attorneys Barry Tucker,
Esq. (also LASSD’s Board President) and Joanne
A special thank you!
Doughty, Esq. of Heller Ehrman, LLP, teamed up to
help a client assert her community property rights to a por- Congratulations to volunteer attorney,
tion of the appreciated equity in the family home. Heller Mazda Antia, Esq., who received
Ehrman’s work in the litigation, including a broad range of Cooley Godward LLP’s pro bono
discovery, helped the client defend her rights and reach a award for 2005. Thank you to Cooley
settlement with her former spouse. Rounding out the services provided to this Godward who made a monetary dona-
client, Jason Turner, Esq., of our Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, helped the client tion to LASSD Pro Bono Program to
analyze the tax consequences of this settlement. Kudos go to all involved, whether recognize Mazda’s excellent pro bono
in-house attorneys or volunteers! LASSD’s practice across several areas of law work!
increases its ability to effectively address a client’s legal needs, and increases
opportunities for pro bono attorneys who wish to volunteer their time and energy!
from a client . . .
“ All done in one day, not have to come back for hearing.
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program Page 5
Hall of Justice Mediation Program
Unlawful Detainer Clinic starts 5th year Update
The LASSD Pro Bono Program Media-
The Unlawful Detainer (UD) clinic is the Summons and Complaint, at which tion Program continues to provide qual-
now starting its fifth year at the Hall of time it was too late to file an Answer. ity mediation services to low-income San
Justice in downtown San Diego. Each The UD clinic assisted the woman with Diegans. We thank the East County
year, over 1,200 pro pers are assisted obtaining an ex parte order and filling out Community Assessment Team for its
with their evictions! Many wonderful the appropriate paperwork. It was with continuous referrals of mediations. We
volunteers assist at the clinic, providing much joy that the woman returned and have noticed a rise in the number of
much needed support for the pro pers. informed us that she had won the ex cases referred to us. The Pro Bono Me-
As the clinic may assist over 15 people parte and was now getting her day in diation Program
in a two-hour period, volunteers are the court! also continues to
cornerstone of the clinic. This past year, train and work
there were many heart warming cases with many quali-
LASSD staff member shares
of pro pers representing themselves and fied volunteer
comments from a client
fighting for their rights and ultimately mediators in the
assisted at UD Clinic:
“I just wanted to pass along some “pats
on the back.” I got a phone call from a
Jane, a young pregnant woman, came to On April 12, 2006, the Pro Bono Media-
client who was VERY pleased with the
the clinic in tears. She had just received tion Program sponsored a Presentation
advice he had received at the clinic -
a Notice to Vacate that essentially gave and Social Hour to bring all of its media-
he won his case - it went to trial last
her five days to move out of her house, tors together in a close-knit setting to get
Thursday. He was very impressed with
without the right to fight her case at trial. to know each other better. Gregg
everyone who works at the clinic -
The plaintiffs alleged that she was served Relyea, Esq., a well-known local me-
especially the two gentlemen he said
with a Summons and Complaint but failed diator, law professor and international
helped him with his case. He said
to respond in a timely manner. The plain- mediator/trainer, gave a presentation on
that it seemed like everyone there
tiffs were not aware that when the ten- his numerous international mediation
really cared about the clients and
ant was allegedly served, she was out of trainings for lawyers and judges that he
wanted to make sure that everything
town attending to her sick mother. It has conducted around the world.
was done right for them.”
wasn’t until she returned that she saw
To volunteer as a mediator, please
LASSD Pro Bono Program Receives Cy Pres Award contact Rebecca Nieman at
RebeccaS@lassd.org or (619) 471-2731.
Christina Wickman, Esq., volunteered with LASSD Pro Bono Program when
she was a law student. After being admitted to the bar, she formed a very success- Welcome new staff!
ful consumer law firm with her husband, Steven Wickman, Esq. In Nutter v.
NCO Financial Systems, Inc. Wickman & Wickman, together with co-counsel, Please welcome our newest staff mem-
Elizabeth Arleo, Esq., nominated LASSD Pro Bono Program to receive a sub- bers, Carolina Mueller and Susan
stantial cy pres award. With these funds, Senior Attorney, Jason Turner, Esq., will Turcich, Esq. Susan is doing a great
develop the Consumer Economic Development Project to help low-income per- job at the UD/CIV TRO Clinic in the
sons move forward economically and become financially self-sufficient. Thank East County Courthouse. Carolina, a
you, Christina, Steven and Elizabeth. We look forward to working with you on this bi-lingual attorney in Brazil, works at the
much needed project. DVTRO and Conservatorship Clinics.
Carolina also worked with Gregory
Alan Marblestone helps on many family law cases Klawitter, Esq., of Morrison &
Over the last year, Emeritus Attorney Alan Marblestone, Esq., has worked on Foerster, to persuade a school district
over 10 family law cases. He has assisted clients, including a client with limited to accept a woman’s disabled grandson
reading ability, in many different areas. Mr. Marblestone has resolved jurisdiction into elementary school, after the school
issues, negotiated stipulations regarding custody, restraining orders, family support, district initially refused to do so. Caro-
and child support. He has advised clients regarding pension issues and many other lina also assisted the grandmother in
topics. Thank you, Alan, for this much needed assistance. becoming her grandson’s guardian.
Page 6 Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc. Pro Bono Program
Domestic Violence & Civil Restraining Order Clinic, South Bay
The DV/CIV TRO Clinic in South who was sexually assaulted by a class- possible: Attorneys Elsa Carre, Esq.,
County is still in its inaugural year at its mate while in school. Though he was Ben Warren, Esq., Brooke
new location (first floor, Room #155, be- temporarily suspended, the offending Hartmann, Esq., Elisa Sue, Esq.,
tween the law library and new jury classmate was still permitted to go to the Curtis Bulgatz, Esq., and law
lounge). For those of you who missed same school pending police investigation. student/paralegals Odeha Warren,
our formal Open House in March, feel We also helped a woman protect her 15- Ikumi Pinato, Damon Rahimi,
free to stop by anytime for a mini-tour. year-old daughter against their peeping Catherine Price, Carolina Mueller,
We can now accommodate four volun- Tom neighbor, who turned out to also be Rajesh Chabra, Massood Shamel,
teers with their own interview room and a police officer. In another case, we Alephia Baxamusa, and Guadalupe
internet/research/Legal Solutions capable helped a rape victim get a restraining Padilla.
computer. When fully staffed, we can order against the perpetrator who was
serve a greater number of participants her coworker. Without the civil harass- A big welcome to law students Megan
than in the past. ment restraining orders, these offenders Johnson and Uri Itkin who both
could have continued their victimization started internships here recently.
In 2005, we expanded our services to just by coming near their victims. Please email MarcelaG@lassd.org if
include assistance with Civil Harassment you are interested in volunteering.
restraining orders as well. That enabled We thank our recent volunteers who
us to help a 16-year-old young woman made these and other good works
Wiley W. Manuel Awardees
Congratulations to the following recipients of the State Bar of California
Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Services:
Allene Adamson, Paralegal Brooke Hartmann, Attorney Erin McQuillan, Law Student Maria Rios, Paralegal
Zelekha Amirzada, Law Student Veronica Hernandez-Arce, Paralegal Jennifer Merryman, Paralegal Catherine Rodman, Attorney
Mazda Antia, Attorney Michael Hirman, Attorney Antoinette Middleton, Attorney Carmen Ruda, Paralegal
Jasamine Bains, Law Student Cathy Hongola, Attorney Carina Miramontes, Paralegal Alessandra Sgubini, Attorney
Carl Balediata, Attorney Palma Hooper, Attorney Lizbet Munoz, Attorney Massoud Shamel, Law Student
Amy Barrett, Paralegal Michael Jabro, Law Student Shawn Nevill, Law Student Henry Siegel, Attorney
Shane Barrett, Law Student Ann Jarman, Paralegal Kelly Niemi, Law Student Terry Siemens, Paralegal
Geva Baumer, Attorney Lorraine Jeanes, Paralegal Kirstie Nooris, Law Student Jonathan Staley, Law Student
Alephia Baxamusa, Paralegal William Kiernan, Attorney Merlinda Nugent, Paralegal Elisa Sue, Attorney
Curtis Bulgatz, Attorney Caroline Kim, Law Student Victor Nunez, Attorney Philip Tencer, Attorney
Steven Burke, Law Student Maria Kraus, Paralegal Rachel Opatik, Paralegal Ben Tharaldson, Law Student
Adella Collabella, Paralegal Janet Krigbaum, Paralegal Maria Orozco, Paralegal Vannessa Torices, Paralegal
Elsa Carre, Attorney Stanley Kuan, Paralegal Jennifer Osborne, Attorney Barry Tucker, Attorney
Rajesh Chabra, Law Student Karimah Lamar, Attorney Guadalupe Padilla, Paralegal Susan Turcich, Attorney
Linda Corrie, Attorney Tim Laske, Attorney William Padilla, Law Student Mark Turner, Attorney
Bank Dawson, Paralegal Anne Lee, Attorney Clarice Park, Attorney Andrew Verriere, Paralegal
Joanne Doughty, Attorney Michael Lee, Law Student Myrna Pascual, Attorney Matthew Walker, Attorney
Erin Drenning, Law Student Judith Liebe, Paralegal Hansel Patel, Law Student Paula Warne, Attorney
Alexander Dychter, Attorney Jonathan Lightfoot, Law Student Michael Pazder, Attorney Ben Warren, Attorney
Kristin Essner, Paralegal Virginia Lopez, Attorney Yolanda Pearson, Paralegal Odeha Warren, Law Student
Carolina Felix, Paralegal Stephanie Lopez, Paralegal Kristina Pedroso, Law Student Stephanie Wentworth, Law Student
Brigham Fordham, Attorney Sally Lorang, Attorney Ikumi Pinato, Law Student Susan Wertz, Law Student
Barbara Frezza, Attorney Keeley Luhnow, Attorney Catherine Price, Law Student Keith Williams, Law Student
Lilia Garcia, Attorney Alan Marblestone, Emeritus Attorney Sara Raffer, Attorney Rosemary Willingham, Attorney
Hans Gieseker, Attorney John McEvoy, Emeritus Attorney Damon Rahimi, Law Student Rock Zaitzow, Attorney
Athene Haro, Paralegal David McGlothlin, Law Student Cintya Ramirez, Paralegal
Carrie Harp, Student Lindsay Reese, Attorney
Volunteer Opportunities Family Law
Domestic Violence Temporary
We welcome new volunteers to join us at any time. No prior experience is necessary to Restraining Order Clinic
participate in many of these programs and many programs are open to both attorneys
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. every day
and non-attorneys. We offer training and support for volunteers:
Family Law Center, 3rd Floor
South County Courthouse
Program training available with MCLE credit
Training materials provided 500 Third Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910
Experienced attorneys to mentor our volunteer attorneys
Cases are prescreened before being referred to volunteer attorneys Open to attorneys and non-attorneys.
Volunteers are covered by our malpractice insurance. Volunteer attorneys may also provide
representation in family law cases.
To participate in one of our programs, please complete and return the Volunteer Registration
Form (see back page). We look forward to hearing from you!
Unlawful Detainer (UD) and
Youth & Children At Risk Civil Temporary Restraining
♦ Mediation: Victim/Youth Offender; Family Intervention; Peer MediationTraining and Group Order (TRO) Clinics
♦ Education: Representation at School Disciplinary Proceedings and Advocacy Downtown Clinics
on Individual Education Plans. Hall of Justice, 330 W. Broadway, San Diego
♦ Youth Outreach Program (YOP): provides direct legal services to emancipated Civil TRO and UD
youth and youth aging out of foster care through outreach clinics in drop-in centers, soup Tuesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - Noon
kitchens, etc. UD
Monday and Friday 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Program East County Clinics
Advocate for low-income taxpayers who have disputes with the Internal Revenue Service. East County Courthouse, Next to Dept. 1
Provide advice and representation to taxpayers trying to resolve tax controversies through 250 East Main St., El Cajon
the IRS internal appeals procedures or through litigation in federal court. Assist at monthly Civil TRO and UD
clinics and represent taxpayer-client before the IRS or in court. Training and mentoring are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:30 a.m. - Noon
provided. Volunteer attorneys and certified public accountants are needed. Tuesday and Thursday 9:30 a.m. - Noon
South County Clinics
Conservatorship & Guardianship South County Courthouse
Guardianship Clinics Conservatorship Clinic Family Law Center, Room 155
Assist litigants, predominantly parents, Pro per clinic, giving facilitator-like assistance to 500 Third Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910
in guardianship cases. low-income litigants. A volunteer attorney may Civil TRO and UD
also provide representation to a client in a 9:00 am - 12:30 p.m. every day
Mondays 9 a.m. - 12 noon conservatorship action.
Room adjacent to Dept F-10
Probate Courthouse Tuesdays 2 - 4:30 p.m.
1409 Fourth Ave., San Diego CA 92101 Room adjacent to Dept F-10 Disabled Homeless
Probate Courthouse Outreach Project
1409 Fourth Ave., San Diego CA 92101
Provide assistance to homeless individuals with
disabilities with legal issues that might impede
their path out of homelessness. Assist clients
Other Pro Bono Opportunities in obtaining disability-linked government
benefits and advise on disability rights.
Economic Impact Program Immigration
Battered Spouse Immigrant Self-Petitions United Methodist Church
Provide pro bono legal assistance on: 1561 Thomas Avenue, Pacific Beach
and Applications for Naturalization.
Wednesday 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Corporate matters for nonprofits Consumer Issues
Assist clients with cleaning up credit reports, St. Vincent de Paul’s
High impact litigation which may make law Villages Medical Clinic
rebuilding credit, license denial applications,
and cause a significant improvement in 1501 Imperial Avenue, San Diego
expungement of records, advice on budgets,
the lives of our county’s indigent residents. Monday 1 - 4 p.m.
managing money, etc.
Wednesday 9 a.m. - Noon
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Program
1475 Sixth Avenue, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101
VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM
Mail, fax or email your form:
fax: (619) 471-2774
Street Address City State Zip Code
Telephone Fax Number E-mail Address
Date of Birth Social Security Number Languages Spoken
FOR PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS:
State Bar Number Date Admitted to CA Bar
Areas of Legal Practice and Years of Experience in Each Area
Have you been involed in any disciplinary proceedings? If yes, please explain:
Areas of San Diego in which you are available to take cases:
All Areas Central North County South Bay East County
Please indicate which areas you are interested in obtaining training and taking Pro Bono cases:
Domestic Violence Temporary Restraining Order Clinic Unlawful Detainer Assistance Program
Family Law Representation Guardianship
Youth Outreach Project Conservatorship
Mediation Involving Youth Immigration
School Expulsion Hearings and Special Education Consumer
Economic Impact Program/Corporate and High Impact Litigation Low-income Taxpayer Clinic
Disabled Homeless Project All Types of Cases