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California Western’s Access to Law Initiative offers free legal consultations at The Center

SAN DIEGO, California -- California Western School of Law’s Access to Law Initiative (ALI) is now holding monthly legal clinics in Hillcrest to provide free and low-cost legal services to residents who would otherwise lack access to legal assistance.

These clinics are held on the second Tuesday of each month from 9-11 am at The San Diego LGBT Community Center, located at 3909 Centre St.

At the clinic, volunteer lawyers will be available for free 30-minute consultations to help people evaluate their legal problems. The legal consultations were made possible with funding from the office of San Diego City Councilmember Todd Gloria.

"We are very pleased to have the support of Councilmember Gloria to help extend our ability to reach out to the community," said Bob Seibel, ALI’s director.
"These clinics complement our Community Education program in which we partner with community groups to have our lawyers make presentations on legal issues of interest to community members. Our Access to Law Initiative lawyers are making a great contribution to the community by providing these free services while they also work to build their law practices that provide affordable legal services to the community.”

"Legal advice is often considered too expensive and unattainable for many San Diegans," Gloria said. "I am proud to support California Western School of Law’s Access to Law Initiative to remove the barriers to trustworthy legal advice, and appreciate the LGBT Center’s willingness to host the monthly legal clinics."

ALI began operations in San Diego in June 2012 and has offices in two locations downtown and one in San Marcos. The program is part of a rapidly emerging concept in the provision of affordable legal services to clients who often do not have access to lawyers. ALI also provides critical training and professional development for lawyers who have chosen to practice in solo, small-firm, and nonprofit enterprises.

To make an appointment for a consultation, contact Joshua Bruser at 858-342-0551. Visit the Access to Law Initiative website HERE for more information on the program.

About California Western School of Law

California Western School of Law is the independent, ABA/AALS-accredited San Diego law school that prepares graduates for the practice of law through a carefully sequenced program of study combining traditional legal theory with hands-on learning in real and simulated client environments. For five years in a row, California Western has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and Honor Roll with Distinction, in recognition of the school’s numerous community-focused projects including the California Innocence Project, Community Law Projects, Mediation Clinic, Bail Project, and more. Students, faculty, and staff yearly donate more than 20,000 pro bono and service hours to nonprofits, clinical programs, and law offices.