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SFLPA Three-Day Legal Professional Training Workshop

Presented by San Francisco Legal Professionals Association & SF State Paralegal Studies Program

SF State Paralegal Studies students may attend this workshop without charge, with the exception of the cost of training manual that they are required to purchase ($30). Students may choose to attend one or all sessions. Students who attend all three may take the test and receive a certificate of completion from the San Francisco Legal Professional Association.

Get all the details on the flyer:


January 27, February 3 & February 10, 2018


SF State Downtown Campus
835 Market Street, 6th Floor

(@ Powell Street BART/Muni Station)


Questions? Contact Francie Skaggs at or 925.212.4979.


Office of the Attorney General Seeking Legal Analysts

The Office of the Attorney General is seeking paralegals to join their Sacramento and Bay Area offices as Legal Analysts.

Apply Online:


Contact the DOJ Recruitment Unit at


San Francisco Legal Professionals Association

SFLPA Has a New Website

San Francisco Legal Professionals Association (SFLPA) has a new website. Visit the new SFLPA site to find upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, membership information and more. 


News from SFPA - Volunteer Opportunity at Transgender Law Center

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving and fighting for liberation.

TLC's Legal Information Helpline receives over 2,000 requests every year from transgender people and their family members seeking legal information and referrals. TLC is based in Oakland and welcomes remote or in-person volunteers for the following roles:

  • Legal Information Helpline Response Volunteer:
    Response volunteers answer questions with the help of TLC's database of legal information and TLC staff training and support. All incoming questions come in through a web portal and are answered by email; volunteers do not need to respond to questions in real time. All training and volunteer work can be done remotely. Volunteers commit to answering at least ten questions a month for three months, approximately a ten-hour-a-month commitment.
  • Legal Information Helpline Intake Volunteer:
    Intake volunteers help process incoming calls and voicemails, perform intakes, and gather information from Helpline callers so that Helpline response volunteers can provide complete and personalized answers to their legal questions. Intake volunteers who are able to come into TLC's downtown Oakland office on a semi-regular basis are especially helpful, but committed remote volunteers are also welcome. Intake volunteers commit to contributing at least three hours a week.

No particular expertise or background is necessary, but a knowledge of basic legal terminology and processes and strong communication skills and cultural sensitivity are helpful. Those interested in either role should email Ian Anderson, Legal Services Coordinator, at


Volunteer Interpreters Needed at the BASF Justice & Diversity Center

Are you fluent in Spanish or other languages and interested in gaining valuable interpretation experience in an immigration legal setting? The Justice and Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco invites you to get involved with the longstanding Attorney of the Day Program as volunteer interpreters.

Volunteers will spend 2 - 3 hours at the San Francisco Immigration Court to interpret during attorneys’ consultations with individuals facing deportation who cannot find or afford their own counsel.

There is also opportunities for volunteers to interpret for immigrants that are currently fighting their cases in detention. This opportunity would be more flexible, and you would not be required to attend court.

For more information, please contact Roxana Quintero at

To learn more about the Attorney of the Day (AOD) Program, visit BASF Attorney of the Day Program or email

We look forward to hearing from you!


News from SFPA: Volunteer Opportunity for Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California

Fair Housing Advocates of Northern California (formerly Fair Housing of Marin) is a nonprofit agency dedicated to promoting equal housing opportunities in Marin, Sonoma and Solano Counties. FHANC has a current need for individuals for short-term civil rights fieldwork in Marin, Sonoma, and Solano Counties. Must be available Tuesday - Thursday between the hours of 9:00am - 5:00pm, January 2, 2018 - March 8, 2018. Participants must attend an initial three-hour training. Participants will be paid a weekly stipend of $165 for up to 15 hours (may be fewer) of work per week for 6 - 7 weeks. Participants will receive reimbursement for bridge tolls and mileage from the office to field sites (at the Federal Mileage Reimbursement Rate).

Participants must not have had any felony convictions or any convictions involving fraud or perjury in the last 7 years. Participants must be legally authorized to work in the US, have a valid driver's license, and a reliable vehicle. A background check will be conducted.

If you are interested you must complete an application and attend an individual interview (approximately 45 minutes). Selected participants must attend a three-hour training session in San Rafael.

Please email or call Katherine Collado at or 415.483.7516 if you are interested in this position.


Volunteer Opportunity from SFPA - Fair Housing Testers for Eden Council for Hope & Opportunity

Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) Housing is a non-profit housing counseling agency seeking Fair Housing Testers for Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The "testers" act as on-call independent contractors to help uncover housing discrimination. Trained testers will act as home seekers, collect information and report back to ECHO staff.

Testers are paid $45 per test plus travel reimbursement of .45 cents per mile. To be considered, individuals must:

  • Attend a two hour tester training.
  • Conduct a practice test.

For more information on ECHO, you may visit the ECHO website. Please email or call Angie at or 510.581.9380, x15 to apply or get more details.


BASF Volunteer Opportunity for Spanish Interpreters

Are you fluent in Spanish and interested in gaining valuable experience interpreting in an immigration legal setting? The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco invites students to get involved with the longstanding Attorney of the Day Program as volunteer legal interpreters.

Student volunteers will spend 2 - 3 hours at the San Francisco Immigration Court to interpret during volunteer attorneys’ free consultations with individuals facing deportation who have not been able to and/or cannot afford to hire attorneys.

For more information, please contact Adina at

To learn more about the Attorney of the Day (AOD) Program, visit BASF Justice & Diversity Center - Legal Services Program.


News from SFPA: Volunteer Opportunity at Project Sentinel

Project Sentinel

About Project Sentinel

Project Sentinel is a nonprofit housing agency serving Northern California. We promote housing equality by investigating allegations of housing discrimination and assisting individuals with mortgage foreclosure and delinquency, landlord and tenant disputes, and other housing needs. Project Sentinel has been a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency since 1998.

What is Fair Housing Testing?

Fair housing testing is a method used to detect housing discrimination. Testers pose as prospective tenants or buyers by phone or in person, and report on their experience. Testers’ experiences are compared to determine if discrimination has occurred.

Who can be a Tester?

All are welcome. To qualify, individuals must:

  • Attend a tester training and complete a practice test.
  • Pass a criminal history check.
  • Be reliable and committed to civil rights.
  • Be able to write and submit objective reports within 24 hours of completing a test.

People with fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Tagalog, Hindi, Hmong, Farsi and Russian are encouraged to apply.

Do Testers get paid?

Testers are used when needed and earn a stipend depending on the type of test. Testers earn $15 to $25 for a phone or email test, and $20 to $55 for an in-person test, plus mileage and expense reimbursements.

How Do I Sign Up?

For more information about fair housing testing, or to sign up for an upcoming tester training, contact Margarita Maiz at or (408) 749-1856. To learn more about Project Sentinel, visit Project Sentinel.


Volunteer Opportunities for Paralegal Students

The following is a call from Michele Hays of the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals (CCLP) for volunteers to help people in danger of eviction.

CCLP is an all-volunteer, private membership association of attorneys, paralegals, working people, and small business owners who are working together to fight for meaningful legal recourse for the lowest paid workers in our community. We work with associations of farm workers, service and domestic workers. We are completely independent of government funding or any other funding with strings attached.

CCLP brings together those who desire to make change in the legal arena a reality and those denied legal recourse due to lack of sufficient wages to purchase the legal assistance they need.

CCLP volunteers learn to be advocates and to organize “Know Your Law” sessions and free-of-charge Legal Advice Sessions with volunteer attorneys providing the advice and education.

CCLP enables its members, volunteers and benefit recipients to take on legal battles affecting thousands of low-income workers in the Bay Area and around the state. Most recently, CCLP attorneys and advocates have been assisting residents of HUD-subsidized housing in Hunters Point who have been suffering from the lack of management resulting in uninhabitable conditions, including rat, bedbug and roach infestations. Last week on October 12, management retaliated by issuing 350 10 day eviction notices to the residents. Your help is urgently and immediately needed to assist the residents who wish to stand up for what is rightfully theirs – to live in a safe and habitable environment.

Through our systemic organizing methodology, CCLP allows you to play an instrumental part in solving day-to-day problems and fighting the courts, halls of government and our communities to end policies that destroy the lives of not only poor and minority people, who lack the economic resources required for a legal battle, but also attorneys who want the chance to take on those fights!

Please contact CCLP at 415.614.0978 to find out how you can participate.


Internship Opportunities

A message from program director, Pat Medina:
This is a great volunteer opportunity for all paralegal students that can count for internship credit. If interested check it out and email me with any questions you have.

The Legal Advice & Referral Clinic (LARC) of the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco is seeking volunteers in the following areas:

  • Intake Interviews and Drafting/Research
  • Interpreting


SFPA: Justice John G. Gabbert Historic Oral Argument and Lecture Series

In 2009, to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the creation of the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, in 1929 and to honor of the 100th birthday of retired Associate Justice John G. Gabbert, Presiding Justice Manuel A. Ramirez and the associate justices of Division Two announced the first of the Justice John G. Gabbert Historic Oral Argument and Lecture Series, a series of reenactments of historic oral arguments of cases that shaped and defined the country.

To date, there have been four reenactments of historic oral arguments.

The cases:

Korematsu v United States
Brown v Board of Education
Mendez v Westminster School
Nuremberg War Crime Trials

You can watch all four of theses reenactments on the SFPA website using the links above.


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