Central Valley

We will be continuing our partnerships with organizations providing direct legal services in the Central Valley. Throughout the week, we will develop skills in client contact, document preparation and filing, legal research, and clinical services. In addition to helping provide legal services, we hope to develop a broader and more nuanced understanding of the social, political and other environmental issues in the Central Valley. As of now, organizational commitments will be divided as follows:

Central California Legal Services (CCLS): One group will be paired with CCLS to provide legal services to low-income residents across the Central Valley. Past BLAST/CCLS projects have included housing clinics, trust and estate services, and homelessness education.

Root & Rebound(R&R) and Kids in Need of Defense (KIND): The other group will spend one half of the week with KIND, helping research and file asylum applications for children living in the Central Valley. The second half of the week will be spent with R&R, which provides wraparound post-conviction services and advocacy for women in the Central Valley. Past BLAST/R&R projects have included legal research, post-conviction reentry clinics, and judicial filings.

Time Commitment: Students should be available to travel to the Central Valley on the weekends prior and subsequent to Spring Break. In addition to the spring break commitment, we will have general meetings for about 2 hours once per month throughout the year to plan and discuss topics relating to the trip and complete trainings. In addition, members take on a commitment to help in fundraising efforts, but there is no required minimum amount that they have to raise.

For more information, please contact the student leaders at blastcv@berkeley.edu.