Incorporated in 1971, Public Advocates challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination. Offices in San Francisco and Sacramento.
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Twitter: @publicadvocates
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Primary geographic focus: California Statewide, Northern California, Southern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Civil Rights, Education, Environmental Justice, Language Access

Public Advocates is a nonprofit law firm and advocacy organization that challenges the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity. Public Advocates spurs change through collaboration with grassroots groups representing low-income communities, people of color and immigrants, combined with strategic policy reform, media advocacy and litigation, “making rights real” across California since 1971.

Public Advocates Inc.


News Story

Brown vetoes bill, which would have helped students of shuttered colleges

John Glidden
Vallejo Times-Herald
October 12, 2015
California civil legal aid providers disappointed after veto of new, state-funded program to give legal aid to students seeking federal student-loan debt relief.

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Suit claims LA Unified underfunding low-income kids, English learners

John Fensterwald
July 1, 2015
Public Advocates and the ACLU sue L.A. unified for counting some special education programs as LCFF-funded services for English learners, low-income children, and foster youth.

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Public Interest Attorneys Ready to File Lawsuit to Block Sale of City-Owned Land

Darwin BondGraham
East Bay Express (Oakland)
June 2, 2015
As private stakeholders seek to move forward with controversial residential development project, civil legal aid organizations threaten lawsuit to force compliance with affordable housing regulations.

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