• Solving Injustice

    The mission of Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal is to solve injustice by ensuring that everyone can access legal services for any Read More
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What's New

  • Bar Night at Soda Popinski

    Come hang out with friends and connect with Bayview/Hunters Point Community Legal! Our folks will be guest bartending at Soda Popinski's from 6:00 to 9:00 on September 5.All tips during Read More
  • Ariane Temple

    In 2006, Ariane divorced her husband, who, before and during their marriage, had racked up over $74,000 in tax debt to the IRS. After their divorce, her ex-husband’s whereabouts became Read More
  • BHPCL Grows Its Staff

    We're excited to announce the addition of four new team members! Combined, these talented individuals will strengthen our organization and ensure that we deliver on our promise to use ALL Read More
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The Problem

There is only about one legal aid lawyer for every 14,000 legal needs experienced by low-income people every year. As a result, only about 20% of low-income people get any help in any way on their legal issues. Thanks to this, the US ranks 68th out of 97th countries in the world in access to civil justice.

Yet legal aid is incredibly effective: people are 5-10 times more likely to win their case if they are represented by a lawyer. Without this aid, people cannot protect their rights to stay in their housing, safeguard their property from seizure, or keep custody of their children. They cannot use the law in creative ways that build wealth.

The law is a great tool for creating opportunity and preventing injustice. We believe it should be accessible to everyone, and we're providing that access in the highest need neighborhood of San Francisco.

Click here to learn more about our mission.

Who We Are

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We are lawyers, law students, investigators, advocates, consultants, and community members who are united by a passion for justice and a love of Bayview/Hunters Point. The story of how we got here is a fascinating showcase of the power of perseverance. Click here to read our story.

But our story is not over. We have big plans for growing our impact and ability to serve the community. Click here to read our vision.

Injustice is a socially created problem. It can be solved, and it's up to us to solve it. Our Team

  • Bayview/Hunters Point
  • Community Development
  • Legal Services
  • Client Stories

Our Impact

We solve injustice one person
and one case at a time.

Read Sample Client Stories

Since we opened in January 2013 we have:

  • Represented over 248 clients, 75% of whom earn less than $15,000 per year.
  • Started over 374 Cases
  • And much more! We track a wide variety of metrics. Read our full impact metrics.

What We Do

In order to solve injustice, we have two programs. We are building the first system of universal access to legal representation in the country. Through our direct legal services program, we ensure that everyone in Bayview/Hunters Point gets legal representation on any viable legal claim, no matter how much money they have. This has very positive benefits to the local economy. One study found that for every $1 spent on legal aid, $7.42 in new local economic activity was created. Click here to read about our legal services program.

Our community development program uses the law to build local wealth and create opportunity. We help create diversified local ownership of businesses and properties in Bayview. Not only does this solve the access to capital problem facing our local businesses, but it also means that as these assets increase in value, the wealth is shared by everyone in the community. Click here to read about our community development program.