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John and Terry Levin Center for Public Service and Public Interest Law


Edited by Morrison and Chin, this book features over 30 profiles of lawyers who have chosen to follow nontraditional legal careers, in a wide range of subject areas, practice settings, and types of work.  The subjects of the profiles had been out of law school 10-15 years at the time of the interviews, represent 18 law schools, and work in 15 states.  Many of the profiles were written by Stanford Law School alumni when they were students here. 


Levin Center staff surveyed a wide spectrum of civil legal services providers in the seven San Francisco Bay Area counties to identify the number of lawyers who were on staff on a full-time equivalent (FTE) basis as well as staff members designated as "advocates," who provide some level of supervised legal service beyond basic intake. Our report also documented attorneys and advocates in eight practice areas in which services were offered for free or very low cost. The final numbers represent our best effort at categorizing the San Francisco Bay Area's civil legal services providers into discrete categories.  If you are a legal services provider who did not participate in our survey during the designated timeframe but would like to be included in the future, please contact Anna Wang at We thank all of the legal services attorneys who provided us with invaluable information and generously gave of their time to meet with us and explain their work.