The Marin Pro Bono Network
matches pro bono lawyers with low-income
Marin County residents in need of legal help.
Getting involved is AS easy as 1, 2, 3...
step 2: get a MATCH
Upon submitting an interest form, the Network Coordinator will reach out to you with a volunteer opportunity.
No prior experience is required to engage in a pro bono opportunity with the Network. We provide you with engaging, quality on-demand video training through the Pro Bono Training Institute and expert legal mentorship.
step 3: MEET the client!
Meet your client and help alleviate their pressing legal issues in subject areas ranging from housing, immigration, and more.
Marin Pro Bono Network Volunteer Calendar
Click through to view upcoming Network volunteer opportunities
What is access to justice?
It is a young woman who is empowered to safely remain in the Marin community she now calls home -- thanks to getting legal representation. “Ana” lived with her mother, father, and baby brother in El Salvador until the young age of three, when she was sent to live with her grandparents. Her parents had left for the United States in hopes of a better life, with plans to have Ana and her baby brother join them when the time was right. For four years, Ana and her brother lived thousands of miles away from her parents.
But then, at the age of seven years old, Ana and her little brother received the opportunity to finally join their parents in the United States.
By the time Ana had entered high school, her mother’s mental health issues and the severity of her father's substance abuse lead the parents to divorce. For many years, the instability in both of her parents' households caused Ana to constantly move from one home to another while attending school and supporting herself financially.
Fortunately, finding a stable job became possible due to Ana's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) eligibility. When it became time to renew her work permit and DACA status, however, she ran into a problem -- and her ability to get a valid work permit became uncertain. This is when she came to a founding member of the Marin Pro Bono Network, the nonprofit Canal Alliance.
Canal Alliance took on the case holistically. They learned that her brother had been a victim of a serious crime which allowed them to file a U visa petition on his behalf. This petition, applicable to all direct relatives, allowed Ana and her mother to qualify for direct pathways to permanent residency and, ultimately, naturalization. Because of her lawyer's commitment to Ana's case and well-being, her family was able to secure not simply a renewal -- which Ana originally sought help with -- but instead, long-term comfort and the knowledge that they are safe and able to provide for themselves.