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The Community Outreach Committee (COC) strives to improve the lives and status of women and children in San Diego through community service special projects. 

Join us to volunteer throughout the year and especially during our annual pro bono week service project, for the Halloween and Spring Read-Ins at Central Elementary School, and to learn about other exciting volunteer opportunities!

Fall and Spring Read-Ins
The COC oversees Lawyers Club's Partnership in Education project with the San Diego Unified School District. COC has held the annual Halloween Read-In since 1996 at Central Elementary School, a pre-K through Grade 5 school whose children face serious economic, social, immigration, and linguistic obstacles.  At the Read-Ins, volunteers read, interact, promote literacy and serve as role models to the underprivileged children.  A second Read-In occurs each Spring. 
Pro Bono and Volunteer Opportunities:
Lawyers Club, through the COC, continues its commitment to prioritizing the legal needs of the disadvantaged by highlighting pro bono activities and volunteer opportunities throughout the year. 
Join Lawyers Club and the COC to get involved. Members: Login and JOIN the group "COC Pro Bono/Volunteer Opportunities Email List" to receive notifications of pro bono and volunteer needs in San Diego. There is great need in the community for your help! See detailed instructions to join a group or committee here. Also visit our COC Group Page for additional opportunities.

Here are a few pro bono activities:

Hannah’s House protects children during difficult family transitions and provides services to families dealing with the stresses of family court, divorce, separation, and child custody concerns. Contact Susan Griffin, Executive Director, at to offer your services in any of these areas: Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Conservatorships, Criminal Law, Trust and Estates, and Immigration.
Girls Rising, San Diego: The Girls Rising mentor program is seeking Big Sisters which matches at-risk girls with mentors to provide support and offers educational events throughout the year. Big Sisters provide a 1:1 relationship and are free to do whatever sounds fun and exciting with their Little Sisters. Contact Monette Levya,, or visit   
Juvenile Court Book Club, Inc.: Need adult volunteers for the Book Club and Tutoring Programs. The Book Club sessions serve incarcerated teens at both the Girls’ Rehabilitation Facility and Juvenile Hall. The Tutoring Program is offering volunteer opportunities at Girls’ Rehab and the hours are weekday afternoons and two evenings a week. The volunteers work 1:1 with the students in a broad array of academic subjects. Contact for the Book Club, and for the Tutoring Program.
The Casa Cornelia Law Center: The Casa Cornelia Law Center is a public interest firm providing pro bono legal services to indigent immigrant victims of human and civil rights violations.  There are three programs for pro bono attorney opportunities:  The Victims of Crime (VOC) program involves the representation of victims of serious crimes, including domestic violence and human trafficking. The majority of the clients for the VOC program are women and children.  The Asylum Program represents individuals who are fleeing persecution in their native countries.  The Children’s Program represents undocumented children who have come to the United States to escape domestic violence, civil strife, abuse, abandonment, or neglect.  Each program offers the pro bono attorney an opportunity to change someone’s life for the better. Contact Katherine Paculba at or visit
San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program - Domestic Violence Program: SDVLP will train and mentor Lawyers Club members providing holistic legal assistance to female immigrant and refugee victims of family violence. Clients will receive culturally competent assistance not only with their protection orders, but also with safety planning, with locating shelters that accommodate their cultural practices, and with the resultant array of civil legal problems involving family law, housing, immigration, employment, finances, and assistance obtaining benefits. To kick off the pledge and 50 hours of pro bono resolution, SDVLP would like to provide a free MCLE (with hard-to-get elimination of bias credit) to members of Lawyers Club at an SDVLP open house. Free CLE: Date, Location & Time: TBD. Upon completion of 50 hours of pro bono work, SDVLP will award qualifying members with the State Bar Wiley M. Manuel Certificate of Pro Bono Legal Services at SDVLP’s annual volunteer appreciation event (the Presiding Judge attends and hands out awards).
Monarch and San Diego Housing Commission Partnership: Pro Bono Attorneys needed to assist families with landlord/tenant issues.  These are families that have been awarded housing vouchers to move them towards self-sufficiency.  The majority of the families are headed by single mothers who are survivors of domestic violence and are working to rebuild their lives.  Contact Katherine Field of Monarch for more information at

Past projects have included:
-   Benefitting Girl Scouts San Diego: Members of COC made improvements to the Nature Center at Camp Winacka in Julian. (2017)

-    Benefiting the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest which offers a Women’s Resource Center, Latina services, services for victims of domestic violence, behavioral health services, youth centers, and more.  COC installed a gate, built planters, painted staircases, and outside retaining walls. (2016)


-      Benefiting 
Teen Options (part of San Diego Youth Services) which supports pregnant and parenting adolescents, COC installed new flooring and lighting, painted, and provided new furniture to the main common area and the nursery; in addition, the COC supplied items for the organization’s wish list.  (Dedicated 2013)
-      Benefiting Shakti Rising, a safe haven and home for women in recovery,  COC  created a garden to grow food, which helps with better eating habits and provides a gardening outlet that emphasizes spiritual growth, and developing business skills through the sale of goods at a local farmer’s market.  (Dedicated 2011)
-      Benefiting the Women’s Resource Projectin Oceanside (a domestic violence safe house), COC built a front garden, planter boxes, a patio covering, a storage shed, renovated a playroom, and provided computers, furniture, and personal items (cribs, professional clothing for job interviews, toys). (Completed 2009)
-      Benefiting Ronald McDonald House, COC remodeled a room and bathroom at the Ronald McDonald House. (Dedicated 2006)
-      Benefiting Turning Point Home, COC created a patio, garden, fountain, and installed landscaping, for women in recovery. (Dedicated 2003)
-      Benefiting Sisters by Choice, COC created a library and improved living conditions for pregnant teens at Sisters by Choice, a safe haven for young women fleeing and recovering from gangs, drugs and prostitution.
-      Benefiting the Girls Club of San Diego, COC created an exhibit profiling fifty women in US history (law, sports, astronauts and others) for a permanent display at the Girls Club of San Diego headquarters, honoring the Girl’s Club’s 50th anniversary.
-      Benefiting Central Elementary School, COC created an inspirational Literacy Garden for the children at Central Elementary, providing a place to read, tutor and do homework in an artistic setting, by repurposing a blacktop area of the school and constructing a shady oasis for outdoor classrooms. (Completed 2000) Ten years later, COC organized to refresh and re-paint the mural thanks to the dedication of the original artist, Terri Carroll (Completed 2012)
-      Benefiting Center for Community Solutions, COC created an outdoor “play therapy” area at the headquarters for child victims of domestic violence so their mothers could receive counseling and legal services. (Dedicated 1998)


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22nd Annual Halloween Read-In

Save the date! Leadership Development Summit / Political Boot Camp

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