Pro Bono Clinics
SABA-NC is a voluntary bar association that provides legal information and resources through these two free legal clinics, seminars, and other efforts. However, SABA-NC does not provide direct legal representation or guarantee that we can provide a legal referral. If you need legal assistance, please visit one of our legal clinics or contact the California State Bar's legal referral service.
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Pro Bono Clinics
The Pro Bono Committee runs legal clinics at the India Community Center (ICC) in Milpitas and the Columbia Neighborhood Center in Sunnyvale. Legal Clinics are held from 10 am to 12 pm as per the schedule listed below.
Columbia Neighborhood Center
785 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St, Milpitas, CA 95035
Second and Fourth Sundays of Every Month
Benefits Of Volunteering
Attorneys: By volunteering just a few hours a month, you can directly assist community members who otherwise have limited access to legal services due to financial restrictions. No special training is required, and any California-licensed attorney can volunteer. Immigration attorneys who are both licensed and not licensed to practice in California are welcome to volunteer. Volunteers will be given the necessary materials, tools and training to effectively provide legal assistance and direct community members to the appropriate legal resources. Often, what may seem like basic legal knowledge to you can lead to the efficient resolution of a legal problem when shared with a community member. The success of the legal clinics depends on support from a solid network of attorneys.
Law Students, Law Graduates, or Non-CA Licensed Attorneys: You would be partnered with an experienced attorney and be exposed to various areas of law. While you won't be able to provide legal advise, you can assist attorney volunteers with intake and coordination. We can also use your help with marketing and outreach.
The SABA-NC Civil Rights Committee collaborates with allied community and legal organizations to respond to civil rights issues of relevance to the South Asian community, and more specifically South Asian lawyers.
hate Crime Victims
If you have been the victim of a hate crime please e-mail us at the link below and we will do our best to put you in touch with additional resources. Contact Us at email@example.com.
Civil Rights Incidents
Civil Rights Resources
Below we have collected resources to assist lawyers and victims who may want to learn more about the immigration and civil rights issues. SABA-NC will also be preparing several trainings. While we're sharing these resources, we have not thoroughly vetted them yet so please do your own due diligence.
- For Attorneys:
- OneJustice is organizing a number of trainings organizing needs for pro bono involvement, and other opportunities for attorneys regarding immigration issues. To sign up for communications regarding their programming, please click here.
- For Everyone (including attorneys):
- The National Immigration Law Center has compiled materials that will help you Know Your Rights on immigration issues that may be helpful for both attorneys and community members alike and are accessible here.
- Immigration Law 101 Training
- When: Thursday, February 16, 2017, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
- Where: Squire Patton Boggs SF Office (275 Battery St #2600, San Francisco, CA 94111)
- Description: Attorneys from Squire Patton Boggs will present an overview of immigration law that will serve to familiarize attorneys with the basics of this area of law. The training will begin promptly at 6 PM, so please plan to arrive early. We plan to host specialized trainings in the future, as needed, to respond to emerging issues. In addition, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can ensure that you are on the security list.
- Resisting Mass Deportation Community Forum
- When: Wednesday, February 22, 2017, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Koret Auditoirum: San Francisco Public Library (100 Larkin Street (Enter at 30 Grove St.) San Francisco, CA 94102)
- Description: At this event, hosted by the San Francisco Public Defenders office and co-sponsored by SABA-NC and a number of other organizations, the Public Defenders office will share information about efforts on how attorneys can help resist mass deportation. Please register here if you are interested in attending this community forum.
- Webinar on Habeas Petitions for Detained Immigrants
- When: Friday, March 3, 2017, 9:00 AM
- Programming Note: The program has reached its seating capacity but an on-demand version will be available for download beginning March 6, 2017 (full information accessible here)
- Description: The webinar designed to provide attorneys the knowledge and tools necessary to litigate habeas petitions on behalf of detained immigrants.
- Know Your Rights Community Training Relating to Immigration and Travel Restrictions
- When: Saturday, March 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
- Where: Louis B. Mayer Lounge at UC Hastings (198 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102)
- Description: SABA-NC, in conjunction with AABA, IABA, CAIR, APILO, and ALC, will be hosting a clinic for community members, where we will give legal immigration advice, naturalization assistance, and a know your rights presentation about travel and restrictions.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED (sign up here): Volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Note: The Clinic will be open to clients from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Note: Training sessions for volunteer attorneys and law students will be held on February 28, 2017 at UC Hastings from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Donations to Relief Organizations
For those SABA-NC members, and others, who wish to donate to organizations assisting US refugees and other affected by the recent Executive Orders enacted with respect to immigration, please see below for a list of organizations delivering such assistance.
- International Rescue Committee (IRC): Emergency Appeal: Help refugees in the U.S. now.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): General Donation Link. Please note that while the ACLU is actively fighting the recent Executive Orders, the foregoing link is a general donation to the ACLU.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center (IRLC): General Donation Link.
- The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR): General Donation Link.