A Glance at the Virtual Operations of a Legal Aid Clinic during COVID-19

Narie Oh
The lack of consistency among various governmental entities has forced legal organizations to adapt to survive.

The lack of consistency among various governmental entities has forced legal organizations to adapt to survive.

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Legal Aid Society is a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono legal services. It has several clinics that assist with restraining orders, unlawful detainers (evictions), name and gender marker changes, and conservatorships. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Legal Aid Society of San Diego clinics to adapt and alter how they provided public services. Operating during a pandemic has been highly challenging for the clinics. The lack of consistency among various governmental entities has forced local organizations to make decisions on safety, protocol, and scope of practice. Following are examples of how attorneys can shift practices to provide legal services remotely.

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