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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.


SDCBA Volunteer Opportunities   Partner Volunteer Opportunities

Law Week Volunteer Opportunities
Children at Risk Committee


Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program
Family Justice Center Alliance
Home Owners Mobile Education Clinics
Juvenile Court Book Club
Legal Aid Society of San Diego Consumer Clinic
Professional Alliance for Children
Restorative Justice Mediation Program
SDVLP Family Law Assistance Clinic
Street Law - San Diego Youth Services
Teen Court
Voices for Children

Public Appointment Opportunities
To view a list of current public appointment opportunities, click here.

SDCBA Volunteer Opportunities

Law Week Volunteer Opportunities

Law Week includes a variety of events that would not be possible without volunteer support. This year's events include the Children At Risk Book Drive, SDCBA Ask-A-Lawyer, San Diego Law Library Family Law Clinic, Color of Justice and Family Law Facilitators Program.

To find out more about each of these events and how you can volunteer, click here.


Children At Risk Committee

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 bar@sdcba.org. Presently, the following are CAR volunteer opportunities:

  • Literacy Day, June 20

    CAR is seeking a diverse group of 60 legal professionals to read to children in kindergarten through fifth grade at Porter Elementary North and South Campuses. Books will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring a new or gently used book to donate. Readers may also have time to talk to the students about their legal careers. Porter North and South are next to one another, and are located just 10 minutes from downtown.

    Literacy Day will take place June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    For more information, and to volunteer, contact Dino Paraskevopoulos at dparas@sdcda.org.

  • Mock Trial Video Presentations

    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 Jill Smith at jsmith@dlgsd.com.

To visit the Partner Volunteer Opportunities Page, click here.