SDCBA Community Outreach and Volunteer Opportunities 

The SDCBA encourages all members to volunteer their time either in pro bono legal services or general community volunteer opportunities. Join the many SDCBA members who give their time for a variety of community-oriented events and activities. Looking for a way to get involved but don’t know where to start? Review the SDCBA’s Guide to Giving Back.  The SDCBA offers attorneys, paralegals, judges and law students opportunities to work in many environments, including with “at-risk” children. 

Ready to volunteer?
To join the Community Service Committee, click here. Check out the Volunteer Opportunities filter on our calendar to find the SDCBA's community service opportunities and events sponsored by other San Diego County bar associations and law-related organizations. 

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

Become an SDCBA Arbitrator

The Fee Arbitration program offers parties an opportunity to resolve fee disputes as an alternative to taking the dispute to court.   The San Diego County Bar Association is looking for attorneys and members of the public to volunteer to become arbitrators.

Arbitrators are professionals with reasonable experience in dealing with contractual matters, a willingness to listen to both parties, and experience as a volunteer in a community. We are looking for people who are willing to evaluate fee disputes between clients and their attorneys.

This is an opportunity to be of service to the community in assisting those who need to resolve serious issues involving attorney fees. Fee Arbitration hearings usually last half a day. Written Findings and Award is prepared based on the decision of the Arbitration Panel. This is a volunteer position and there is no compensation. Procedural matters are handled by the Coordinator of the Fee Arbitration Committee of the County Bar Association and the Presiding Arbitrator for each panel.

To learn more about being an SDCBA Arbitrator click here.

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act
Since 2009, the SDCBA has hosted a pro bono program that assists active-duty military service members in obtaining stays in pending litigation while the servicemember is deployed. Through the Servicemember Civil Relief Act (SCRA) program, attorney volunteers represent servicemembers in civil, family, and unlawful detainer cases. For attorneys interested in getting involved with the SCRA program, learn more by watching this video. To get involved, contact Michelle Chavez at

Bench Bar Community Outreach - Senior Community Center Lunch
Join the SDCBA and the San Diego Superior Court in a joint service project by volunteering to serve lunch to senior citizens. 

Wills for Heroes
In affiliation with the Wills for Heroes Foundation (WFHF), twice a year the SDCBA provides attorneys and legal professionals the opportunity to give back to those who risk their lives every day protecting and serving our community by preparing basic wills and estate documents for our local first responders. Volunteers can be experienced attorneys, paralegals, or new attorneys ready to learn and gain experience. To learn more about the WFHF, click here.

Do you have a community service idea but aren't sure of the next steps?
Most community service projects are reviewed and coordinated by the SDCBA's Community Service Committee. To review the SDCBA's Community Service Projects policy, click here.


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