Centro Legal de la Raza, founded in 1969, provides free or low-cost, bilingual, culturally-sensitive legal aid, community education and advocacy for low-income residents of the Bay Area, including monolingual Spanish speaking immigrants. Founded by Latino law students from Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley, and located in the Fruitvale/San Antonio District of Oakland, Centro Legal has been a cornerstone for justice for the Latino, immigrant, and low-income communities of the Bay Area for over 40 years.


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Latest News

You are Invited! Centro Legal’s 46th Anniversary Gala ~ April 10, 2015.

January 31, 2015
You are invited to join Centro Legal in celebrating our long tradition of providing education and legal services to our community’s youth! Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. 6pm Reception ~ 7pm Program ~ 8:30pm Dancing Celebrating 10 years of the Youth Law Academy: Building a diversity pipeline in the law and higher education for low-income youth of color and immigrant youth since 2005. Outstanding Achievements in the Law Award: Honoring Kevin R. Johnson,... Continue Reading

Join me to support low-wage workers!

December 9, 2014
My name is Derek Schoonmaker and I am a workers’ rights attorney at Centro Legal. Today, I am asking for your support to help us reach our goal of raising $70,000 byDecember 31st.  I am so excited to report that we have raised $65,695! We are so close to our goal, but to make it there we need one last push from supporters like you!  Please click here to donate.  Every little bit helps. To help explain the importance of your support today, I’d like to share Luciano’s story.... Continue Reading

“I hope my donation will allow Centro Legal to keep helping people in need.” – Centro Legal housing client

November 21, 2014
My name is Ana Baires Mira and I am a housing attorney at Centro Legal.  I love working at Centro Legal because I can provide vital assistance for the community I grew up in and help elders afford to stay in their homes, such as my client Ms. Davis. Ms. Davis, a housing client, came into our office last week to make a donation.  She said through tears, “I hope my donation will allow Centro Legal to keep helping people in need.” I’m asking you to join Ms. Davis and help... Continue Reading