To enhance justice for people of limited means by resolving their
civil legal problems through pro bono representation, training volunteers to
improve access to the legal system, and educating
clients to create greater self-sufficiency.
The Voluntary Legal Services Program of Northern California, Inc.(“VLSP”) is a nonprofit agency that has provided free legal assistance with many kinds of civil legal matters to low income people in the Sacramento region since 1981. We are able to provide free help because we receive grants and donations allowing us to help the poor with their legal matters and because attorneys and other legal professionals donate their services—they work pro bono.
Through the work of VLSP staff and hundreds of legal professional volunteers, VLSP is able to provide desperately needed legal help to thousands of people annually who would not otherwise be able to afford legal services. VLSP is jointly sponsored by the Sacramento County Bar Association and Legal Services of Northern California, and is the main source of civil law-related pro bono assistance in the Sacramento region.
While primarily based in Sacramento County, VLSP also provides assistance to eligible clients in San Joaquin, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties. We are committed to promoting equal access to justice by coordinating volunteer civil legal services, providing specialized training to our volunteers to enable them to assist our clients, and by educating our clients as to their rights and responsibilities under the law so that they might achieve greater independence and self-sufficiency.