|November 21, 2016 • VOL. 54, NO. 20 • Oakland, CA|
New legal clinic has helped more than 100 people
On June 4, in the Diocese of Oakland, Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, established the Pope Francis Legal Clinic. The clinic's mission is to provide free legal consultation to people who would not otherwise have access to legal counsel. This mission is particularly appropriate in this Jubilee Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis. The clinic is staffed by attorneys who volunteer their time and expertise.
In many of these cases, consultation has resulted in a resolution of the individual's legal issues. In those cases where more than legal consultation is needed, referrals to competent outside counsel have been made.
Although most of the individuals who have come to the clinic are Catholic, there is no economic or religious requirement to utilize the clinic's services. The Pope Francis Legal Clinic is open to all.
The Legal Clinic's office is located in the Chancery at 2121 Harrison St., Oakland. It is currently open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. An individual may dial 510-893-4711 to set up an appointment with an attorney.
We know that there are many people in the diocese who would utilize the clinic's services if they knew about it. We pray that knowledge of the clinic and its services will grow.
If and when the demand for the clinic's legal services increases, additional hours and days shall be added.
(Robert Ford, a member of St. Isidore Parish, Danville, is one of the retired attorneys volunteering their expertise at the Pope Francis Legal Clinic in the Chancery Offices of the Diocese of Oakland. The clinic offers free counsel to qualified, low income residents.)
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