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Phone: (415) 538-3333

Fax: (415) 538-3316

Please note our new address:

1663 Mission Street, Suite 225

San Francisco, CA 94103


We do not provide legal advice via email. 

If you are seeking legal assistance call (415) 538-3333 for an intake.

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501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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Expert legal advocates should be available to all, regardless of economic status. At LAE we're making this happen by providing free legal services to elders and adults with disabilities who are at risk of losing their housing, income or healthcare, or are victims of physical or financial abuse.  This work helps to keep San Francisco’s most vulnerable residents safe, financially stable, and housed.

But we can’t do it alone.  We need your support to make it happen.


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Are you an attorney interested in doing Pro Bono work?


Legal Assistance to Elderly welcomes pro bono attorneys to work with us.  There are pro bono opportunities to match all skills, interests and availability.  Pro bono attorneys primarily work in our Housing, Consumer Debt Defense and End of Life Planning units. 

Not an attorney but still interested in volunteering?

Legal Assistance to the Elderly offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and welcomes participants who are interested in contributing to the community and learning more about local legal services.

For Further Information:

Email Elinor Roberts at

Looking for a Paralegal Internship?


Certified paralegals and paralegal students are encouraged to apply. Paralegal interns will work directly with LAE staff and are given the opportunity to work with clients, learn substantive and procedural aspects of the law as well as draft correspondence and legal pleadings.  Paralegal Interns also have the opportunity to participate in weekly case review meetings and conduct intake interviews and factual investigation of new cases.

Interested paralegal and law students should email a cover letter and resume to

A Law Student looking for an internship or fellowship opportunity?

LAE interns are an integral part of our staff and are given significant responsibilities.  We have seen that by providing support, training and supervision to our interns, they excel.  The work of our interns is invaluable to us, but more importantly, it truly makes a significant difference in the lives of our clients. This is a very hands-on internship where you will have significant client contact; the ability to prepare discovery and pleadings, and the opportunity to go to court. 


The primary focus for interns is eviction defense, which is an active and fast paced civil litigation practice and the bulk of the cases LAE sees.  Because evictions are summary proceedings, summer interns are able to work on cases from start to finish.  The quick pace of the litigation gives interns an opportunity to participate in all aspects of a case: interviewing clients and evaluating the case for merit; drafting pleadings and discovery plans; preparing for depositions; participating in Court-mandated settlement conferences; and trial preparation.  In addition, we often enter eviction law suits at critical moments in the procedural process when clients have defaulted and evictions are imminent.  This work requires immediate filing of motions and ex parte applications.  Court Certified students are able to make these appearances and argue these motions.  We also work closely with community social workers and medical professionals around disability rights and requests for reasonable accommodations for housing retention.

In addition to Eviction Defense/Housing, our primary practice areas are: Income Support, Elder Abuse Prevention, Health, End of Life Planning and Debt Collection Defense. Interns may be able to work on other cases on a limited basis.

LAE also welcomes applications from third year law students/law school graduates seeing fellowship sponsors.

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