JusticeCorps: Bay Area Region

JusticeCorps Bay Area

Applications for the 2016-2017 program year will be available in December 2015

There are over 4 million people living in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara—the counties served by the Bay Area JusticeCorps program partner courts. Many of these people cannot afford legal representation and need assistance when trying to navigate through complicated court proceedings. By providing information, referrals, and assistance with forms completion, Bay Area JusticeCorps members help mitigate that:

  • The percentage of people who were born in another country exceeds the statewide average
  • With the exception of Alameda close to 50% of the population speaks a language other than English at home.
  • Both Alameda and San Francisco have higher statewide averages of single-parent households.

Since it began in 2006, Bay Area JusticeCorps has served more than 120,000 self-represented litigants, and graduated nearly 500 JusticeCorps alumni.

JusticeCorps members will be trained to provide legal information to self–represented litigants to assist them

with resolving important legal matters. JusticeCorps members assist litigants by helping them prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance at legal information workshops. Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member’s service to the public as well as training that will support the members’ individual development. Members will be placed at one of 6 service locations located throughout the Bay Area.

JusticeCorps Student Member/300-Hour Program

JusticeCorps members are students who commit to provide a minimum of 300 hours of service during the academic year. The program will start in September  2016, and hours will be completed by the end of the students’ academic year (May/June). This program is open to students enrolled in one of our participating campuses: University of California, Berkeley, CSU East Bay, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and SF State University.

JusticeCorps Fellowship/1700-Hour Program

JusticeCorps Fellows are college graduates who commit to provide a minimum of 1,700 hours of service during the academic year. The program will start in August, 2016, and hours will be completed by mid-August, 2017.

Bay Area JusticeCorps recruits the majority of its members from students attending JusticeCorps’ partner universities. Students can meet JusticeCorps program staff at campus job fairs, and can also learn about the program through their campus service learning center:

Each partner also has a campus-based university representative who works on outreach and recruitment and supports members throughout their service year. Our university reps—all of whom are enrolled students and most of whom are JusticeCorps alumni—provide support to the program staff throughout the service year while also acting as peer mentors for the cohort of members from their university.

Program DirectorDan Siskind 510-891-6406
Dan Siskind oversees activities of the Bay Area program on a daily basis, coordinates partners and member trainings, directs program staff, and oversees the collection of data for performance measurements that help depict the impact of the program on legal-self-help. Mr. Siskind has been running the Bay Area program since August 2006. In his tenure as director of the Bay Area program, he created and developed the JusticeCorps Fellowship position, and has successfully steered the program through its first multi-county incarnation. Mr. Siskind received his Bachelors from Bates College in Lewiston ME and a Masters from the University of San Francisco in Teaching for Social Justice. Mr. Siskind served two terms as a Teach for America AmeriCorps member and has worked as an AmeriCorps Site Supervisor. As an Executive Branch fellow he served with the California Service Corps. Mr. Siskind’s favorite parts of the job are working with students, learning about the courts, and fostering program growth and development.

Program CoordinatorLaura Devine 510-891-6403
Yana Pavlova joined the JusticeCorps joined the JusticeCorps staff full-time in August 2015. She served as a Student (300-hour)Member. Ms. Devine provides administrative support for all JusticeCorps program operations, including recruiting new members, assisting in member and court staff trainings, tracking member service hours, and reporting JusticeCorps performance measurement data.

Program AssistantTere Kong
Tere Kong has been with the Alameda Superior Court for joined the JusticeCorps program staff in 2006. Prior to JusticeCorps, she worked for the Family and Children's Bureau of the court for 8 years. Ms. Kong works closely with the program director and coordinator to organize member site assignments, plan and coordinating member training events, oversee the collection of member timesheets, and track members to be sure they are on-track to complete the program. Ms. Kong has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Cal State East Bay with a minor in Human Development. Her favorite part about the JusticeCorps program is seeing the members grow from the start of the program year to the end.

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