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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Youth Law Academy college student explores a career in law at Centro Legal

March 31, 2015
Centro legal de la Raza celebrates its 46th Anniversary as a community-based legal center that helps youth thrive. Centro Legal’s 46th Anniversary Gala ~ Joining Together for Our Youth will take place on April 10th, 2015 and celebrate 10 years of our Youth Law Academy, which empowers low-income Oakland youth to explore careers in law and achieve their college dreams.  The Gala will also highlight Centro Legal’s work to assist hundreds of young Central American refugees who have fled... Continue Reading

Join us to honor Youth Law Academy students at Centro Legal’s 46th Anniversary Gala ~ April 10, 2015

March 18, 2015
“I think of myself as the universe – growing constantly without limits.” – Brenda Quintanilla, Youth Law Academy student Centro Legal’s 46th Anniversary Gala will celebrate 10 years of the Youth Law Academy (YLA) and the courage of the immigrant youth we serve. We welcome you to join us at the Gala and help Centro Legal continue its legacy of life-changing legal and educational services.  Click here for information and tickets. Brenda Quintanilla is one of the... Continue Reading


March 17, 2015
CENTRO LEGAL DE LA RAZA SEEKS TEMPORARY HOUSING STAFF ATTORNEY Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal), founded in 1969, is a comprehensive legal services agency focused on strengthening low-income and Latino individuals and families by providing free and low-cost, bilingual, and culturally competent legal representation, education, and advocacy.  The mission of Centro Legal is to protect and expand the rights of low-income people, particularly monolingual Spanish-speaking immigrants,... Continue Reading