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.

Check out our video to learn more about Centro Legal and hear our clients share their stories.

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Report back from the 2015 Diversity Legal Pipeline Program

July 28, 2015
In July 2015, Centro Legal de la Raza’s Youth Law Academy (YLA) launched a new program to help more college students of color prepare for law school. The Diversity Legal Pipeline Program (DLP) is a week-long event targeted to undergraduate students from underrepresented communities throughout California. This new program supports the mission of the YLA to build a diversity pipeline in the law by helping students of color break down barriers to law school. This July, 13 students attended... Continue Reading

Youth Law Academy Students Collaborate with Cartoneria Artist Ruben Guzman

July 27, 2015
Thanks to a generous grant from the Creative Work Fund, Youth Law Academy (YLA) students had an opportunity to collaborate with local sculptor, Ruben Guzman, to create an art project based on migration. The Project’s final product was a sculpture inspired by Ruben Guzman’s interaction with YLA students and their stories of migration. The beautiful sculpture was displayed at Centro Legal de la Raza’s 46th Anniversary Gala in April and is now on display in the YLA’s main... Continue Reading

Oakland’s Centro Legal de la Raza Calls for Civil Dialogue in the Wake of Tragic Shooting

July 14, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2015 MEDIA CONTACT Laura Polstein, Centro Legal de la Raza lpolstein@centrolegal.org Oakland’s Centro Legal de la Raza Calls for Civil Dialogue in the Wake of Tragic Shooting Oakland – Centro Legal de la Raza wants to express our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Kathryn Steinle as we mourn this senseless loss of life. While media attention continues to swirl around the tragic shooting death of Kathryn Steinle on San Francisco’s... Continue Reading