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 email@example.com.
The SDCBA's Community Service Committee offers attorneys, paralegals, judges and law students opportunities to work with "at risk" children. The Committee partners with Porter Elementary School and Clairemont High School and coordinates programs and special events to assist students all year long. Programs at the Committee's 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 the Committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Presently, the following are Community Service Committee volunteer opportunities:
The 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 Jill Smith at email@example.com.
The Client Relations program is looking for attorneys who would like to volunteer their services in assisting clients and attorneys resolve informal complaints. This program is designed to work with clients whose attorneys are not returning telephone calls, files, or paperwork, or have experienced incorrect billing. The program strives to mend disagreements between both parties before a formal complaint is made with the California State Bar. If you are interested in volunteering for the program, please contact Michelle Chavez at (619) 321-4150 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practicing attorneys are needed to work with our 11th grade Academy students. Mentors and mentees meet one time per month, usually on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, for approximately 1.5 hours. Beginning in the Fall of 2014, the mentor program will run from October through May, 2015. Mentors work with students on researching and applying to colleges, interview skills and goal setting. Mentors serve as role models who teach, inspire, and support students in achieving their college and career goals. Please click here for more information.
Attorney scorers are needed for the San Diego County High School Mock Trial Competition in February 2015. Attorney scorers sit in the jury box while high school students present their case to a judge or commissioner. The time commitment is about two hours per trial. Attorneys may volunteer and sign up to score as many trials as they wish.
Attorney Scorers are needed for the fourth round on Saturday, February 28, 2015 @ 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
If you have a child or grandchild competing in the 2015 Mock Trial Competition this year, you are not eligible to serve as an attorney scorer.
Click here to volunteer as an attorney scorer.
To visit the Partner Volunteer Opportunities Page, click here.