There are over 3.2 million people living in San Diego County, many of whom cannot afford legal representation and need assistance when trying to navigate through complicated court proceedings. As they do in the Bay Area and in Los Angeles, JusticeCorps members in San Diego make an impact by providing information, referrals, and assistance with forms completion.
Since it began in 2007, the San Diego JusticeCorps program has served more than 125,000 self-represented litigants, and graduated 250 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 litigants prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance at a legal information workshop. 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 member’s individual development. Members will be placed at one of a number service locations located throughout the County of San Diego.
JusticeCorps Minimum-Time Member (300-Hour) Program
This program is open to students enrolled at any of our participating campuses, University of California, San Diego, San Diego State University or California State University, San Marcos.
JusticeCorps College Student members provide 300 hours of service. The program start date will be in mid-September, 2016 and hours will be completed by the end of the student’s academic year (May or June 2017).
JusticeCorps Graduate Fellowship (Full-Time Member/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
San Diego 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 Director: Amoreena Urbeck, (619) 450-5472
Ms. Urbeck joined the JusticeCorps program staff in spring, 2010. She earned a Bachelor’s in Women’s Studies and Masters in Public Administration specializing in criminology from San Diego State University and has worked with the Superior Court of California, San Diego for 12 years. Ms. Urbeck oversees activities of the San Diego program on a daily basis, designs and coordinates partner and member trainings, directs program staff, and oversees the collection of data for performance measurements. Ms. Urbeck says the best parts of her job are conducting member trainings and going on site visits to see the members accomplishments first-hand.
Program Coordinator: Deanna Blanchard, (619) 450-7215
Ms. Blanchard has been with the San Diego court for 12 years and with the JusticeCorps program since September 2013. Ms. Blanchard provides administrative support for all JusticeCorps program operations, including assisting in member and court staff trainings, tracking member hours, coordinating fiscal paperwork, and entering data pertaining to JusticeCorps performance measurements. Ms. Blanchard received her B.S. in criminal justice administration and sociology from San Diego State University and also holds a California teaching credential.