Dine Around for Justice is Back This August

Every August, the finest local restaurants join the ACBA Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) to present Dine Around for Justice, an event to raise funds to provide legal services for low-income people in Alameda County. These restaurants generously agree to donate 15% of one evening’s food and beverage revenue to support VLSC.

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VLSC Volunteer Spotlight: Matt Kretzer

Why do you volunteer with VLSC?
I’m a retired bankruptcy lawyer. When I retired, I knew I would need to get involved in something to keep myself from watching television all day. I also knew that a lot of low income debtors get their bankruptcy advice from non-attorneys and paralegals that not only charge to complete the paperwork, but who also don’t know enough to be giving out bankruptcy advice.

Volunteering for the bankruptcy clinic seemed like an obvious choice for putting my skills to work and keeping me busy.

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Bay Area Legal Incubator (BALI)

BALI provides a two-year program to help attorneys accelerate the launch of solo practices serving low-and middle-income clients in a wide spectrum of practice areas. Local communities benefit from increased access to affordable legal assistance. Attorneys benefit from a shared community and office space, free resources, mentoring and training in emerging best practices and technology.

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VLSC Volunteer of the Year – Rising Star Spotlight: Christina Cisneros

The Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) is proud to honor Christina Cisneros with our annual Volunteer of the Year – Rising Star award. Christina participated in VLSC’s Annual Family Law training in 2014 and has been consistently volunteering with us ever since. She volunteers for the Family Law Day of Court (FLDOC) program almost on a weekly basis, if she’s not also volunteering at another one of our Family Law and Guardianship Clinics.

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Pro Bono Leadership Spotlight: Sally Elkington

The Volunteer Legal Services Corporation is proud to award Sally Elkington with the Pro Bono Leadership Award for her ongoing support of pro bono legal services in Alameda County. Sally has been helping people find solutions to their debt problems for over 20 years. In 1989, she established Elkington Law, a firm specializing in consumer and small business bankruptcy, and recently joined forces with Jim Shepherd to create Elkington Shepherd LLP.

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