Cy Pres Awards

Make a real impact in the lives of low-income and immigrant workers, tenants, consumers, and more by designating Centro Legal de la Raza as a cy pres recipient!

Cy Pres awards allow any remaining funds after the distribution of a class action settlement to be given to charitable organizations who share a mission similar to the purpose of the case. Cy Pres awards are a critical source of funding for nonprofit legal service organizations.

Centro Legal is an ideal choice of beneficiary for Cy Pres awards.

The Real Impact of Cy Pres Awards at Centro

Centro Legal de la Raza reinvests Cy Pres awards directly in the communities we serve. For instance, after receiving an award from a tenant class action for a landlord’s repeated failure to return security deposits, Centro immediately hired an additional tenants’ rights attorney to represent low-income tenants similarly defrauded by unethical landlords. Likewise, Centro Legal used an award from a class action for wage theft against construction workers to directly fund a new staff attorney position representing immigrant day laborers and other construction workers who also suffer egregious wage theft at the hands of dishonest employers.

Centro Legal’s History, Accessibility, and Reach

For almost fifty years, Centro Legal de la Raza has been headquartered in the heart of the immigrant community in Oakland’s Fruitvale District. As a result, we are the most accessible—and in many areas, the only—legal service organization serving the East Bay immigrant community. With offices in Hayward and San Francisco, our reach extends throughout the entire Bay Area. Additionally, Centro Legal travels monthly to harder to reach areas throughout Northern and Central California, serving hundreds of clients who live in the Central Valley, and various parts of Northern California.

With a staff of 35, supervising more than 5 law students and 90 pro bono attorneys each year, Centro Legal is able to offer more than 20 clinics per month and serve over 7000 clients per year who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance.

Centro Legal’s Diverse and Holistic Programs

Centro Legal de la Raza serves all clients that come through our doors, regardless of immigration status. We provide services ranging from immediate clinics and individual consults to full representation in state and federal court to low-income workers, tenants, immigrants, consumers, survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, human trafficking victims, and more.

Courts Regularly Approve Awards to Centro Legal

In recognition of and to support Centro Legal de la Raza’s longstanding work on behalf low-income and immigrant workers, tenants, consumer, and other client communities, state and federal courts have regularly approved Cy Pres awards to our organization. This funding is critical to supporting the work we do for low-income and immigrant communities in the greater East Bay Area, where we are often the only legal aid organization providing free services.

Cy Pres awards enable us to continue and increase this essential work. Please help us make a real impact for our communities!

For more information, contact Litigation Director Jesse Newmark at (510) 437-1863 or jessenewmark@centrolegal.org.

Centro Legal de la Raza would like thank the following firms and attorneys for recently naming us as Cy Pres beneficiaries:

  • Weltin, Streb & Weltin LLP
  • Sohn Legal Group
  • Altshuler Berzon LLP
  • Aram Antaramian, Laura Stevens, Richard Pearl
  • Leonard Carder LLP
  • Gilardi & Co. LLC