JusticeCorps is a court based AmeriCorps Program whose members assist litigants who cannot afford an attorney to help themselves resolve their legal matters in family and civil law. Since it began in 2006, the Bay Area JusticeCorps program has served more than 120,000 self-represented litigants and graduated 400 JusticeCorps alumni. JusticeCorps has both a full-time fellowship for recent college graduates and graduating seniors and a student- member program for students who will be enrolled in one of seven partner colleges and universities: UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, Cal State East Bay, Stanford, College of San Mateo, Cañada College, and San Jose State. Every year, JusticeCorps recruits 8 full-time fellows and 70 part-time student members who serve self-represented litigants in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Contra Costa, San Francisco, and Alameda Counties. During the 2017-2018 Academic Year, ICCE recruited 10 SF State students to the program. JusticeCorps student members commit to 300 hours of service in the courts and receive travel reimbursement as well as an education award of $1,222.22 upon completion of their term of service. JusticeCorps fellows receive a living allowance and health benefits as well as a larger education award of $5,775 after they finish the program. JusticeCorps accepts applications during spring semester for both the student member and fellow positions, which begin each fall.
As a Member
JusticeCorps members will be trained to provide legal information to self–represented litigants to assist them with resolving important legal matters such as those described above. Members will either be placed in a Self-Help Legal Access Centers, or a Family Law Facilitators Office and work on small claims, housing law, and family law issues. Service will consist primarily of one-on-one interaction with litigants and will include other duties as assigned. Direct service will comprise at least 80% of a member’s service. JusticeCorps members assist litigants by helping them prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance via computers. Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member’s service to the public as well as training that will support the members’ individual development.
JusticeCorps members' daily activities may include:
JusticeCorps members will:
Other special opportunities for JusticeCorps members may include:
- Shadow days with Superior Court Judicial Offiers
- Career days
- Courtroom observation
- Letters of recommendation to law school and graduate school, and much more
There are over 4 million people living in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—the counties served by the Bay Area JusticeCorps program. Many of these people cannot afford legal representation and need assistance when trying to navigate through complicated court proceedings. By providing information, referrals, and assistance with forms completion, Bay Area JusticeCorps members help mitigate this situation.
For more information contact: Jose R. Lopez, email@example.com.
JusticeCorps Interns: 2015-Present
Where are they now? Check out their LinkedIn profiles!