Attorneys from various law firms and government agencies volunteer at the Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic and provide free legal consultation for walk-in clients on matters such as family law, real estate, landlord-tenant, immigration, housing, contracts and warranties, consumer fraud, employment, housing, probate, torts, collections, some criminal, and violations of municipal and regulatory laws.
Law students from the vicinity conduct client intake, help with legal research, and interpret between attorneys and clients to facilitate consultation. Attorney consultation is always free during the clinic. If clients need further representation, the clinic gives referrals to other non-profit agencies, pro bono or reasonable fee attorneys. The clinic takes on simple cases pro bono when appropriate.
The Chinatown Pro Bono Legal Clinic takes place every second Saturday of the month on the third floor of Chinese American Service League, from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Registration ends at 1:30 PM. We rely on volunteer attorneys from various law firms and government agencies—7 to 13 participate each month.