Pro Bono Program
The Homeless Action Center (HAC) offers a focused Pro Bono Program. Our volunteer attorneys represent one client before an Administrative Law Judge in reference to a claim for Social Security disability benefits. This opportunity is an immersive experience that allows our volunteer attorneys to directly represent and interact with clients, to collaborate with HAC staff and to interface with medical providers, hearing office staff and, ultimately, an Administrative Law Judge.
Program participants will develop and sharpen their skills in written and oral argument. They will also learn to evaluate medical evidence and its relevance to proving disability. At the hearing, the volunteer attorney will also have the opportunity to engage in direct examination of their client and cross examination of a vocational expert witness. These are valuable experiences for the novice and veteran attorney alike.
We provide training that covers the fundamental elements of a disability claim, a step-by-step Advocacy Manual with sample forms and documents (click to download: Pro Bono Advocacy Manual), and access to our staff for any questions that may arise during the representation. We welcome attorneys at all levels of experience.
Our volunteers expand the impact of HAC and help some of our most vulnerable residents obtain a sustainable income, health insurance and an increased probability of moving off the streets and into permanent housing.
You may send inquiries to the Deputy Director, Mary Gilg, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510) 695-2260, ext. 306.