Be a Supporter
Coach, host, refer, contact, intern or donate to end the justice gap and support community attorneys
Annually, fifteen to thirty attorneys work out of BALI while building their solo practices focusing on serving low and middle income clients. To accelerate attorneys’ practice development, we recruit volunteer legal coaches to offer substantive and business support as these attorneys build their expertise and practices.
Coaching is one of the most rewarding activities for seasoned lawyers. Coaches contribute to addressing the justice gap by providing attorneys with the experience they need to launch successful, affordable practices. We regularly need Coaches to mentor BALI attorneys in the following areas:
- use of technology and automation in work flow
- law practice management
- transactional work for small businesses
- family law
- employment (including wage + hour)
- criminal defense/post conviction and reentry
- law practice management
Interested? Please contact BALI Mentoring Attorney Cynthia Chandler at Cynthia@acbanet.org.
What do Coaches do? Volunteerism might include: answering general questions about substantive law and case strategy; offering insight into relevant judges; or explaining best practices in your field. Occassionally, it might entail coaching an attorney through a case, sometimes as co-counsel. We ask coaches to make a commitment to help the attorney with the specific question or scenario on which they seek assistance. No further commitment is required. Most coaches answer quick legal strategy and substantive law questions - it's a great way to make a significant impact without a significant time commitment. Let us know.
What about conflicts of interest? Coaches should be careful not to talk about specific cases in sufficient detail to trigger conflicts, unless the BALI participant first provides you with the parties' names. But normally, you can offer general support and advice without straying into this area.
Pro Bono Attorney / Nonprofit Host
BALI attorneys commit to providing 100-150 hours pro bono in their initial year, working for people living at the poverty line or below. Typically, they do this work by volunteering for nonprofit legal services organizations that provide the attorneys with superlative training in exchange for their volunteer labor handling pro bono cases. Occasionally, they volunteer assisting or co-counselling with more experienced private counsel providing pro bono representation.
Supervising pro-bono attorneys act at pro bono coaches: they provide BALI attorneys with coaching and supervision as the BALI attorneys take on cases of the nonprofit host organization.
Legal organizations, nonprofit attorneys, and pro bono counsel interested in coaching our attorneys during their term of pro bono service should contact BALI Mentoring Attorney Cynthia Chandler at email@example.com.
Intern or Extern
BALI continually builds and upgrades innovative systems to support our solo practice incubator hub. We seek paralegal, business or nonprofit management volunteer interns or externs for school credit to help with this work.
Duties include upgrading BALI's own technology and management systems so we stay abreast of the latest trends and can transfer knowledge to participating attorneys; maintaining our social media and website; managing client intake and referrals through an online portal; managing supply inventory, planning and coordinating ongoing continuing legal education training events and speakers in the latest legal and practice management trends; and identifying and reviewing new technologies for use by solo practitioners. Our internships offer a wealth of training in law practice management and online marketing. Also, because solo legal practices are launching from our hub, the job can create useful professional connections for future employment with solos. Applicants must love the chaos inherent to launching a start-up practice and nonprofit project as well as navigating entrepreneurial personalities. Applicants should thrive in creative spaces and enjoy creating structure.
Interested? Send a cover letter and resume to BALI Mentoring Attorney Cynthia Chandler at Cynthia@acbanet.org.
Make a donation today to support BALI's work reducing the justice gap and accelerating successful social mission practices. BALI is a project of Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit. Your donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent under the law.
Donate by check - make checks payable to "VLSC" with "BALI" in the subject line. Mail checks to VLSC / ACBA, 1000 Broadway, Suite 480, Oakland, CA 94607.
BALI attorneys take on modest-means cases at lower fees that many attorneys are unable to handle. Are you an attorney with a modest means case you think might be great for one of our attorneys?
Refer modest means cases to us! Submit a case referral yourself, or suggest your client do so.
Or, reach out to BALI Mentoring Attorney Cynthia Chandler at Cynthia@acbanet.org.
In submitting a referral, please remember that BALI is not a law firm. We are social-mission community for individual attorneys practicing in California and committed to serving people of modest economic means. Each individual attorney operates her or his own, distinct and independent practice. No legal representation relationship exists in any way between BALI and any of the clients or prospective clients of the attorneys within our community and/or any user of this website and BALI or any of its affiliates. In submitting a query through this website for legal help, NO attorney-client relationship is being created. Do not send BALI or any of its community attorneys confidential information or documents through the BALI website. If you do not hear from an attorney within 72 hours of submitting a query, no attorney in the BALI community is available to provide you legal assistance.
BALI attorneys are accelerating their own practices. Temporarily, they supplement their income with contract work. If you have work, consider supporting BALI and a new generation of solos by hiring a BALI attorney.
If you want to review candidates from BALI's energetic, motivated, entrepreneurial cohort of attorneys, send a brief job description to BALI Mentoring Attorney Cynthia Chandler at Cynthia@acbanet.org to forward out to BALI attorneys. Interested attorneys will respond to you directly with requested application materials.