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Making Connections

The Pro Bono Project continues to provide legal information and advocacy to our community members, both virtually and in-person. 

Our in-person presentations at the Elmwood Correctional Facility have resumed. We are expanding the reach of our program to incarcerated individuals dorm by dorm. We are also teaching multi-week workshops in both the Men's and Women's sections of the facility. Presentation topics include updates to criminal sentencing laws, child custody and visitation issues, parentage, child support, and domestic violence restraining orders as well as intimate partner violence dynamics. We are currently developing an estate planning workshop which will discuss wills, advance healthcare directives, and powers of attorney.

In addition to our 15 legal clinics offered each month, we added a new Small Claims legal clinic, as well as an additional community clinic hosted by the Shia Association of the Bay Area (SABA). We continue to offer information clinics at the Hall of Justice for both restrained and protected parties of criminal domestic violence matters. We have three separate clinics for domestic violence survivors, two of which are in partnership with local domestic violence agencies. We have an immigration clinic for domestic violence survivors as well as a "Wills, Trusts, Probate, and More" session. And, we continue to host virtual Lawyers in the Library clinics at the Santa Clara City and Martin Luther King libraries.  

We thank you for your support.

Yours in Service,

The Pro Bono Project Team

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Our YouTube legal information channel is growing. As of mid-May, our channel as been viewed over 6,960 times, our videos have been liked over 110 times, and we have over 90 subscribers. 

Please like and subscribe to our channel so that our visibility increases and we can reach more people.

Legal Clinics

"I truly mean it when I say we are so grateful to the attorneys and staff that take the time out of their

busy days to provide this service for our patrons."


Martin Luther King Library Staff Member

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This clinic is staffed by volunteer or staff attorneys, and we speak with up to six callers during each session.

  • Wednesdays from 4 to 6 pm
  • First and Third Saturdays from 10 am to 12 pm
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This clinic is also staffed by volunteer or staff attorneys, and we speak with up to six callers during each session. 

  • Wednesdays from 3 to 5 pm

Wills, Trusts, Probate and More 

  • Every second Friday from 10am to 12 pm
  • Staffed by a volunteer estate planning attorney
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Immigration Clinic for Domestic Violence Survivors 

  • Every fourth Wednesday from 10 am to 12 pm
  • Staffed by a volunteer immigration attorney

This clinic is staffed by volunteer attorneys. 

  • Every first Wednesday and third Friday from 10 am to 12 pm

Shia Association of the Bay Area

Once per month, walk-ins only

See our flyer below for more information.

Click here for our Community Clinics Flyer

Coming Soon 


Volunteer Corner

Daniel Janjua

I am a corporate law attorney and founder of Codex.Legal P.C. I volunteer for Pro Bono Project Silicon Valley’s Lawyers in the Library Program (LIL). Volunteering at LIL is a truly gratifying experience, both personally and professionally. It gives me an opportunity to serve my community and help bridge the gap in affordable legal services.


I aim to provide LIL clients a clear understanding of their legal rights and options so they can make informed decisions.  

The staff at PBP makes it incredibly easy to volunteer. PBP has an organized system of making appointments in advance and sending in the client list before the clinic begins. The PBP team is unfailingly joyful.

When not volunteering at Pro Bono Project, I practice corporate law. My practice includes, but is not limited to, advising small to mid-size emerging companies on contracts negotiations and management, technology licensing agreements, proof of concept, funding through Angel investors, seed funding, and corporate governance. 

PBP is extremely grateful for Daniel’s continued service and dedication to the work for our Lawyers in the Library program. Daniel has covered weekly sessions since March 2021. 

If you are interested in volunteering for a clinic or representing a pro bono client in limited scope, please contact Phoenix Forbes, Volunteer Program Manager, at [email protected].

Staff Spotlight

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Ana Blanco 

My name is Ana Blanco. I currently work at Pro Bono Project as a Legal Administrative Assistant. I assist the attorneys in scheduling appointments with clients. In some cases, I help translate for Spanish speakers. I also manage the front office, and I enjoy being a part of an organization like Pro Bono Project that provides great resources to those in need of legal help. I graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a B.A in Anthropology, and I’m currently in the transition of switching careers.

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Articles from our team

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Despite Covid-19, Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley remained committed to serving the community. On December 15, 2021, Pro Bono Project kicked off its first Brown Bag Luncheon to raise funds while informing volunteers, community partners, and donors of our continued operations during the pandemic. The event was done virtually, and it allowed participants to have fun by answering questions and receiving prizes for correct answers.

  • During the pandemic, how many people were served through Re-Entry this year?
  • Over 500
  • During the pandemic, at how many sites did we host Lawyers in the Library clinics within Santa Clara County?
  • 8
  • Has Pro Bono Project expanded to other courthouses other than Family Court?
  • Yes, at the Hall of Justice (criminal court)
  • Do any of the Lawyers in the Library sites help with Wills and Trusts specifically?
  • Yes
  • How many survivors of domestic violence did we help this year?
  • Over 1,000

Other highlights of the event included short video presentations on record clearance, paternity, and other informative – easy access to legal help – videos on PBP's YouTube Channel. As to the nonprofit’s overall success as an agency, Pro Bono Project was proud to announce raising over $1.4 million in 2021.

If you are interested in participating in a 2022 Winter event, future attendees can find helpful hints about survey answers on our website, www.probonoproject.org.

Probate and PBP Staff Attorney Nancy Williamson discusses the California End of Life Option Act

Nancy Williamson (Staff Attorney) has over eleven years of experience in trusts and estate law. She has had many conversations with clients discussing how they wish to be cared for towards the end of their lives.

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Thank you to Phoenix Forbes, Volunteer Program Manager, for curating the content for this season's newsletter, as well as to Catherine Connor, Staff Attorney, for designing, editing, and publishing the newsletter and articles on our website.


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