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For more self-help legal information and referral assistance for this state, visit http://www.lawhelpcalifornia.org/CA/index.cfm

Click here for Military Legal Assistance Offices
Servicemembers and their families may access free legal assistance at these offices. See our Working with a Lawyer publication for more details on eligibility.

Click here for Legal Aid and Pro Bono Programs
These programs provide free civil legal assistance, but your eligibility for services may be limited based on your income. These organizations may or may not have military-specific services. Contact these programs for more details on eligibility.

Click here for Lawyer Referral Programs
These programs will connect you to a lawyer who charges for legal services. Some attorneys with these programs, however, may offer discounted initial consultations or may charge reduced, fees based on your income. Contact these programs for more information.

Click here for Military-Specific Programs
These are programs designed to assist members of the military with legal matters. See the specific details on the services provided.

Military Legal Assistance Offices:

Beale AFB
9th Reconnaissance Wing/JA
17801 Warren Shingle Road
Beale AFB, CA 95903
Phone: 530-634-2928, DSN 368-2928
http://www.beale.af.mil/units/9threconnaissancewingjudgeadvocateoffice/index.asp

Edwards AFB
Air Force Flight Test Center/JA
1 S. Rosamond Blvd Building 0001
Lancaster, CA 93524
Phone: 661-277-4310, 527-4317
http://www.edwards.af.mil

Los Angeles AFB
SMC/JA
483 N. Aviation Blvd. [Bldg 270, First Floor in a corner past the elevators]
El Segundo, CA 90245
Phone: 310-653-3084, 633-3084
http://www.losangeles.af.mil

Travis AFB
60 AMW/JA
510 Mulheron St
Travis AFB, CA 94535
Phone: 707-424-3251, DSN 837-3251

Vandenberg AFB
30 SW/JA
747 Nebraska Ave Rm C-101-5
Lompoc, CA 93437
Phone: 805-605-6207, DSN 275-6207
http://www.vandenberg.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=4628

Fort Irwin
Fort Irwin Legal Assistance Office
Bldg 288, Barstow Road (Across from Military Police Station)
Fort Irwin, CA 92310
Phone: 760-380-5321
http://www.irwin.army.mil/cmd_staff/NTCcommand/OSJA/Pages/LegalAssistanceOffice.aspx

Presido of Monterey
Legal Assistance Office
1336 Plummer St.
Monterey, CA 93944
Phone: 831-242-5083
http://www.monterey.army.mil/legal/

USCG Alameda
MLC Pacific Legal Assistance Branch Bldg. 54A
Coast Guard Island Alameda
Alameda, CA 94501
Phone: 510-437-5891
http://www.uscg.mil/mlcpac/mlcp/

USCG TRACEN Petaluma
Petaluma Legal Assistance Office
599 Tomales Rd, Bldg 140
TRACEN Petaluma, CA 94952
Phone: 707-765-7760

NAS Lemoore
NLSO SW Detachment Lemoore
730 Enterprise BLVD, Suite 302
Lemoore, CA 93246
Phone: 559-998-3873 949-3873
http://www.jag.navy.mil/html/NLSO_southwest.htm

NAVSTA San Diego
NLSO Southwest
3395 Sturtevant St Suite 2
San Diego, CA 92136
Phone: 619-556-2211, 526-2211
http://www.jag.navy.mil/html/NLSO_southwest.htm

NB Ventura County
NLSO SW Detachment Port Hueneme
2852 Harris Street
Port Hueneme, CA 93034
Phone: 805-982-3124, 551-3124
http://www.jag.navy.mil/html/NLSO_southwest.htm

Camp Pendleton
Marine Corps Base
Camp Pendleton Joint Legal Assistance Office, Box 555023
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Phone: 760-725-6558, DSN 365-6558
http://www.pendleton.usmc.mil/base/sja/home.asp

MCAGCC Twentynine Palms
Legal Assistance Office Box 78103
MCAGCC Twentynine Palms CA
Twentynine Palms, CA 92278
Phone: 760-830-6111, DSN 957-6111
http://www.29palms.usmc.mil/

MCLB Barstow
Marine Corps Logistics Base Attn: Legal Assistance Office
Box 110120
Barstow, CA 92311
Phone: 760-577-6874, DSN 282-6874

MCRD San Diego
Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego
Attn: Legal Assistance Office
San Diego, CA 92140
Phone: 619-524-4111 DSN 524-4111
http://www.mcrdsd.usmc.mil

Military-Specific Programs

San Diego County Bar Association
1333 Seventh Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
619-321-4111
www.sdcba.org

Michelle Chavez, LRIS Director
619-321-4153

The San Diego County Bar Association has a
special Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) Program in place for when cases are filed against active duty personnel. We have a panel of attorneys who are available to enter a stay under the SCRA on behalf of the active duty military member. We have developed extensive procedures and forms to handles these cases when filed in our superior court (for both family law and general civil cases).

The Bar Association of San Francisco
Lawyer Referral and Information Service
301 Battery Street 3rd Floor
San Francisco, CA  94111
415.989.1616
http://www.sfbar.org/lawyerreferrals/military-assistance-program.aspx
Carole Conn
cconn@sfbar.org

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service is looking to create a panel to assist military service personnel and their families with free legal assistance from volunteer attorneys who have received appropriate training.

Currently, sliding scale services are available for military personnel and their families for civil matters which include, wills, health care proxies, durable powers of attorney, estate planning, bankruptcy debtor/creditor, family law issues, landlord/tenant, employment, consumer, housing, immigration and taxes.

Institute for Military Personnel, Veterans, Human Rights and International Law & AMVETS Legal Clinic
Chapman
University
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866
714-628-2692
www.chapman.edu/militaryLawInstitute

Kiana Boyce, Office Coordinator
kboyce@chapman.edu

Chapman University Military Law & Policy Institute and AMVETS Legal Clinic is a free legal clinic for active duty troops and veterans. Law students handle the cases and are taught and supervised by former JAG Officers. The AMVETS Legal Clinic assists with the following types of matters:

  • Traumatic Service Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) appeals
  • Discharge upgrade applications
  • Veterans benefits appeals
  • Basic civil legal claims, such as landlord and tenant disputes

Also in this section, in the SF Bar Ass’n LRIS description, please remove the hyperlink from “Contact” and fix the phone number so that it uses hyphens between the digits, not periods.

Swords to Plowshares
Legal Services Unit
San Francisco, California
www.swords-to-plowshares.org/legal-services
(415) 252-4788
Kate Richardson, Legal Director Director
krichardson@stp-sf.org

Swords to Plowshares is a nationally-recognized nonprofit that offers free wraparound services to homeless and low-income veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Legal Services Unit provides free attorney advice and representation for veterans in their VA benefits claims and military discharge upgrades before military corrections boards.

Veterans Legal Clinic
University of San Diego

5998 Alcala Park
Barcelona Hall, Room 305
San Diego, CA 92110
619-260-7470
http://sites.sandiego.edu/veteransclinic/
Robert F. Muth, Supervising Attorney
Veteransclinic@sandiego.edu

The Veterans Legal Clinic at the University of San Diego School of Law provides free legal services for active duty, veterans and military family members who have disputes with predatory lenders and for-profit educational institutions over the use of GI Bill funds and related loans. All matters are handled by law students under the direction of a supervising attorney who is a former Captain and Judge Advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps. This clinic provides free legal services including advice, identification of potential claims and representation in litigation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution.

Military Assistance Project
Legal and Financial Services for Military Personnel
2005 Market Street, Suite 1930
One Commerce Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone: 215-557-3550
Fax: 215-557-3551
Website: http://www.militaryassistanceproject.org/
Types of Cases Accepted: Military personnel in need of legal help with bankruptcy matters may contact the Military Assistance Project (MAP). MAP’s pro bono services are designed to counsel, to aid, and when necessary, to represent military personnel in need of legal assistance pertaining to bankruptcy.

Veterans Legal Advocacy Center
Golden Gate University School of Law
San Francisco, California
http://law.ggu.edu/clinics-and-centers/veterans/
(415) 442-6679
Daniel R. Devoy, Director and Visiting Assistant Professor
ddevoy@ggu.edu

This program aids and assists military veterans with claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs for Service Connected Disabilities, as well as discharge upgrades before Review Boards. They do not charge for their services.

 

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