SDCBA Community Outreach
The SDCBA encourages every member to volunteer their time either in pro bono legal services or general community volunteer opportunities. Join the many SDCBA members who volunteer their time and efforts for a variety of community oriented events and activities.
Guide to Giving Back
Looking for a way to get involved but don't know where to start? Review the SDCBA's Guide to Giving Back for insight on different projects and initiatives. Click here to download.
SDCBA Annual/Ongoing Volunteer Projects
In a single day, volunteers work to transform the exterior of the home of a needy family.
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers help build homes for deserving families.
In an effort to keep San Diego's beaches clean, volunteers sweep an entire beach area for trash and debris.
Volunteers help individuals distinguish legal problems from non-legal problems, and steer them in the right direction.
Wills for Heroes
Volunteers provide free estate planning documents to first responders and their families.
To learn about SDCBA's 2009 Lawyers Giving Back Campaign, click here.
Is your organization seeking attorney volunteers for an upcoming project or event?
Click here to complete the SDCBA’s Attorney Volunteer Request Form online and get the help of San Diego’s best and brightest.
Click here to download a PDF of the SDCBA’s Attorney Volunteer Request Form for print. You can fill it out and return to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law Week Committee is seeking volunteers to assist with judging for the Law Week Poster and Essay Contest. Judges will score posters and essays submitted by students in grades K - 12 based on this year's Law Week theme of "American Democracy and the Rule of Law: Why Every Vote Matters".
Judging will start in the Conference Center, Suite 120 at 5 p.m. and move to the BayView Conference Room, Suite 1100 around 6 p.m. Click here to volunteer.
The SDCBA's Children At Risk Committee (CAR) offers attorneys, paralegals, judges and law students opportunities to work with "at risk" children. CAR partners with Porter Elementary School and Clairemont High School and coordinates programs and special events to assist students all year long. CAR's programs at our partnership schools include literacy days, Porter Readers (year round reading), conflict resolution skills and Peace Patrol training, mock trials, mentorships, mock job interviews and Senior Exhibition judging. To get involved with CAR, contact email@example.com. Presently, the following are CAR volunteer opportunities:
The Children at Risk Committee is scheduling Mock Trial Video presentations for the current school year. Volunteers are needed to present a mock criminal trial video to elementary-aged students throughout San Diego. The Mock Trial Video presentation is used as an effort to teach students about the legal system and to help prevent at risk behavior.
Program volunteers present a video showing the hypothetical criminal trial which includes judges, courtroom staff, lawyers and witnesses. All of the roles in the recording are acted out by children. During the video, the facilitators and the students pause to discuss the legal meaning of what is taking place in the trial they are watching. Afterward, students further explore the legal system by breaking up into groups and deciding the outcome as jurors.
The presentations are generally one-and-a-half to two hours long and require modest preparation.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Christopher Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers familiar with Conflict Resolutions/ Peace Patrol observe and assist the Peace Patrol on the playground for a few weeks, until they get the mediation process down. If you are familiar with these programs and would like to volunteer, please email Brigid Campo at email@example.com
LawSuits is a fun and efficient way for your firm to give back to our community by helping get people off the streets and back to work. Second Chance changes the lives of some of the most difficult to serve populations, including at-risk youth, the homeless, recovering addicts and former prisoners reentering the community. Help us prepare these individuals to enter the workforce by participating in LawSuits, a cash and clothing drive benefiting our Job Readiness Training program. Please click here for more information.
LawSuits runs March 10 through April 4. To learn more about LawSuits, or to register your firm, please contact Maureen Polimadei at 619-839-0953; firstname.lastname@example.org. All clothing donations will be accepted by SDCBA at the Bar Center (401 West A Street, Suite 1100, San Diego, CA 92101).
To visit the Partner Volunteer Opportunities Page, click here.