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ORGANIZATION: Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco

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The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) gives free legal help to low-income people. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an increase in the number of people who need services and has made it more difficult for folks to access those services. Our monolingual clients have been particularly hard hit, because they need interpreters to communicate with attorneys and receive the legal advice and services they need. Utilizing your language skills provides critical help to clients so they can receive life-changing legal assistance.

Currently, we are also in need of interpreters for the following languages: Amharic, Portuguese, Russian and Tagalog.

Volunteering is on a need-by-need basis. When we take on a client who needs interpreting help, you will receive an email asking you to join a meeting between the client and their attorney, based on your interest and time availability. Volunteering can be done in-person, with social distancing and proper PPE protocols in place, or remotely.

We also need volunteer interpreters for our free legal clinics. These are recurring events, held in-person and remotely. If you are interested in volunteering for a legal clinic, JDC will email you with the dates and times of upcoming clinics that need interpretation services.

Interpreters are essential for clients with limited or no English proficiency and their ability to access legal services. Please consider volunteering today!

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About Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco


201 Mission St., Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94105, US

Mission Statement

The Justice & Diversity Center advances fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession.


The Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco (JDC) provides pro bono legal and related social services to low-income and homeless San Francisco residents and to nonprofit organizations that serve these communities. We provide these services primarily through the use of volunteer attorneys and non-attorneys. JDC takes a holistic approach to legal services, seeking to address the full range of legal and social services issues that prevent our clients from retaining stability in their lives.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Justice & Legal


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • English as a Secondary Language (ESL)
  • Interpreter
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Translation
  • Vietnamese




  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Flexible.
  • Ability to interpret with high accuracy and the ability to translate content from one language to another in a legal setting.

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