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.


Thank you to everyone who joined us at our 45th Anniversary Gala LUCHADORES for JUSTICE on April 11!


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

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Latest News

Centro Legal and Eden United Church Partner to offer Community Clinic in Hayward

March 26, 2014
Over 60 people came out on March 25 to a free forum on immigration, housing, and employment rights and resources. Thanks to support from Eden United Church, Centro Legal was able to provide free legal rights education and consultations with attorneys at a location trusted by the community.  Many of our clients have legal needs in multiple areas.   The benefit of a combined legal services clinic is that people can receive truly holistic support.  As a result of this clinic, Centro Legal is... Continue Reading

Youth Law Academy Pairs Students with Attorneys

March 11, 2014
The Youth Law Academy mentor-mentee mixer at Boxer & Gerson, LLP. THE YOUTH LAW ACADEMY MENTORSHIP PROGRAM PAIRS STUDENTS WITH ATTORNEYS On January 29, Youth Law Academy (YLA) students met their new mentors at a mixer hosted by Boxer & Gerson LLP with the support of Centro Legal board member Maria Sager. The Boxer & Gerson law firm has provided consistent support to the YLA and has also developed a special internship for YLA students under the direction of Maria Sager. The... Continue Reading

Centro Legal and The Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center File Lawsuit Against Laundry Express

March 1, 2014
Workers File Suit Against Laundry Express For Wage and Hour Violations Employer Also Engaged in Retaliation, Unlawful Termination and Disability Discrimination On February 26, 2014, Centro Legal de la Raza (Centro Legal) and the Legal Aid Society–Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) filed a lawsuit in California superior court against Laundry Express, an industrial laundry business headquartered in Hayward, California, that supplies area hotels, for violating minimum wage and overtime laws. In... Continue Reading