Center on Access to Justice

Awards Suspended

The Loren Miller Legal Services Award and the President’s Pro Bono Service Awards have been suspended effective March 9, 2017. There will be no awards given in 2017. Check back later this year about the status of the awards for 2018.

Recent News

Read the latest issue of the Justice Newsletter

Replacing Documents Post-Disaster

View Upcoming Training Events

View Pro Bono Opportunities

Volunteer to represent Unaccompanied Children

Report and Recommendations for Closing the Justice Gap

Download Incubator Guide

Download Steps to Disaster Planning for Legal Services Providers

Congratulations to our 2016 awards recipients.

A judge and a lawyer explain the benefits of limited scope representation

[Article] The New LRIS Competition: Online Directories

ABA Resource Center: Using Attorney Registration Fees or Bar Dues to Fund Legal Services

About the Center on Access to Justice

The State Bar’s commitment to expanding, supporting and improving the delivery of legal services to low-and moderate-income Californians is carried out by the Office of Legal Services (OLS). OLS has two components, the Center on Access to Justice and the Legal Services Trust Fund Program.

The Center on Access to Justice works to increase access to justice through:

The Legal Services Trust Fund Program is the grant-making arm of the Office of Legal Services. In accordance with legal requirements and the State Bar Rules, the Trust Fund Program administers revenue from the following sources that help fund civil legal services programs serving indigent Californians:

Program staff works with the Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, comprised of 21 voting members and three nonvoting judges, who are responsible for determining applicant eligibility, monitoring recipient compliance and maximizing revenue. In addition to monitoring grantee compliance, the program is responsible for bank and attorney compliance with IOLTA requirements

Access to Justice Commission Publications:

A Year in Review: 2015 Accomplishments of the Access to Justice Commission

If you would like to receive a hard copy or full report/brochure of any of the following below, please contact Louisa Ayrapetyan at or (415) 538-2534:

Grant applications

Applications for 2017 IOLTA/EAF funding are now available online. See a sample application, guidelines and contact information for the Legal Services Trust Fund Program. Deadline to file is July 1, 2016.


If you are an individual seeking free or low-cost legal assistance or self-help resources, go to: