JUSTICE FOR ALL: GLIDE partners with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights to maintain and grow its Drop-In Legal Clinic

Paul Chavez

Meet Paul Chavez, Senior Attorney and Pro Bono Director at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) and the friendly staff attorney at GLIDE’s Drop-In Legal Clinic.

Paul is on hand and on-site at GLIDE two days a week during Clinic hours (currently Monday and Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00pm) to assist GLIDE clients on a walk-in basis with any issue they may have, free of charge. These issues can include anything from housing discrimination to assistance with criminal record expungement or an immigration case. Paul assists wherever he can, either personally representing clients or seeing that their matters are referred to another attorney or agency better suited to help. Sometimes a client comes in with a matter that does not have a legal solution. Paul is still there for them, listening to and affirming their concerns with an eye to helping them move on with their lives.

“For a lot of clients there’s not a legal remedy,” explains Paul, “but I’m able to sit down and help them work through whatever that problem or issue is, so we can get to a result together.”

As the latest addition to its array of wraparound services, GLIDE’s Drop-In Legal Clinic began operation on a pilot basis in September 2013, powered by the initiative and dedication of Charlie Crompton. Inspired by GLIDE’s work and values, Charlie left his position as a litigation partner at the prestigious law firm of Latham & Watkins to devote himself full-time to the development of a free walk-in legal clinic on-site at 330 Ellis Street that would extend GLIDE’s ethic of radical inclusion and unconditional love. In December 2014, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Charlie to a judgeship on the San Francisco County Superior Court. Before leaving, Charlie helped arrange the new partnership with LCCR, on whose board he had served for years.

In managing GLIDE’s Drop-In Legal Clinic, Paul and LCCR take up where Charlie Crompton left off. “We don’t limit it by issue area, so whatever the issue is we’ll try to give advice or a good referral. That’s based on the same model that Charlie had, which is to advise and [where particular expertise is lacking] refer people with a warm handoff to another nonprofit that actually works in that area.”

Of the several hundred clients already served by the Clinic, there are also those whose legal problem might be unusual and require a creative solution. “Sometimes there are problems that are just a kind of one-off legal issue that I know other nonprofits aren’t going to be able to quite cover,” says Paul, who gives as an example a client who had been contacted by a court in Texas with the news of an inheritance. “They wanted him to show up in person,” he explains. “He doesn’t have very stable housing, so getting to Texas was a big issue. But through some of our contacts here we were able to find counsel in Texas willing to go through that process for him pro bono. That was a big win. There was nobody else who would have been able to do that.”

This anecdote exemplifies the effectiveness and commitment of LCCR, a national social justice organization founded in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy in an effort to bring the nation’s lawyers into the African-American–led struggle for civil rights and racial equality then underway.

Paul calls the new partnership between LCCR and GLIDE “a great match,” noting the common origins for both organizations in a civil rights mission. “We share a similar history of civil rights advocacy from the early 1960s,” notes Paul. “That’s our history: to push forward civil rights and serve the marginalized and provide legal services to the most vulnerable among us.”

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GLIDE Church invites you to stand up for smart, sensible gun control laws at the San Francisco March For Our Lives Rally on Saturday, March 24!
WHO: GLIDE Church. And YOU!
WHAT: SF March For Our Lives
WHERE: We will meet at GLIDE at noon and then walk over to Civic Center Plaza together as a group.
WHY: Our children should not have to live in fear of gun violence AT ALL, much less at school. Our teachers should not have to add "taking a bullet" to their job descriptions. We raise our voices in solidarity and demand a safer, more peaceful future for our children, our teachers and our country.
WHEN: Saturday, March 24. The rally starts at 1:00 pm, but we will meet at GLIDE at noon!
Additionally, we will make posters for the rally THIS SUNDAY on March 18 after the 11:00 am Celebration.
If you have any questions, please contact our beloved Rev. Angela Brown at abrown@glide.org
#ENOUGH #Guncontrol #gunsense #safeschools #parkland #columbine #LasVegas #marchforourlives  @womensmarch @womensmarchbayarea @momsdemand @gabbygiffords @100daysaction @bayresistance @glidefycc @kaye_foster @everytown On Wednesday, the children & teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center (FYCC) joined thousands of other students across the nation in the #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our FYCC teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #GunControlNow and safety in our schools is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a compassionate and powerful act of solidarity with the #Parklandhighschool students & all victims of school shootings.
Gun control is also a crucial advocacy issue for GLIDE — fighting for our children's education, well-being and their very lives is a direct application of our values and one of the most meaningful efforts to get involved in today.

Much love and support to FYCC and to all the young people across the country who raised their fists in defiance, resistance and mourning. We are with you.
@glidefycc @bayresistance @momsdemand @cityhallsf @100daysaction #keepchildrensafe #safeschools #banassaultweapons #forthekids #ENOUGH Children and teachers from GLIDE's Family, Youth & Childcare Center getting ready for a photo at today's #NationalSchoolWalkout. Our teachers stress the importance of being community-minded thinkers and global citizens. Demanding #guncontrolnow and safety in our educational institutions is an important lesson for our kids, as well as a demonstration of solidarity with the #parklandhighschool students and all victims of school shootings.
#enough #safeschools @janekim @momsdemand @kaye_foster @everytown @kamalaharris @wkamaubell @mchammer @feliciahorowitz @glidefycc kids and teachers on there way to City Hall for #nationalschoolwalkout to demand #guncontrolnow! @momsdemand @janetector @kaye_foster @everytown @janekim @andthelma @alissagrier @angelabrown17 @theonj3 @kamalaharris @nancypelosi

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