- Alameda County
- Senior Legal Hotline
A free legal service, by phone and email, for California seniors aged 60+. It seeks in particular to serve low-income seniors, although you do not have to be low-income to receive services. The Hotline has links to other services listed by California county.
- National Association of Consumer Advocates
To find a consumer attorney near you.
- On the Commons
A national weekly radio show hosted by Shu Bartholomew, who examines CID issues by interviewing stakeholders: industry spokesmen, homeowner advocates, legislators. Her website has an archive of past interviews which can be heard on the Internet using MediaPlayer.
- The California Channel
C-Span for State Government. This channel broadcasts many legislative and other public hearings.
- The State Bar of California
The State Bar of California hosts a website listing legal services for low-income persons. It also lists special events for the general public, for example, San Mateo Community Law Night on September 14. You can link from this page to a law librarian to ask a realtime question online.
- National Democratic Institute
The Institute works with democrats around the world to build civic and political organizations, to safeguard elections, and to promote citizen participation, openness, and accountability in government.
- Oakland "Lawyers in the Library"
Many public libraries offer "Lawyers in the Library" programs sponsored by county bar associations. Check with your local public library to see if a program is offered in your community.
- US Department of Housing and Urban Development
A HUD counseling agency can help homeowners dealing with a debt collector, trustee or foreclosure.
Supports and defends open government, an inquiring press, and a citizenry that is free to exchange facts and opinions without fear of punishment or loss.
- Community Dispute Resolution Programs
Mediation programs provide an alternative method of resolving complaints without having to go to court. Through the mediation process, the individuals involved in a dispute work out their own solutions with the help of a mediator. The mediator does not enforce a decision on the individuals, but helps guide them in reaching a solution. Since the individuals involved in the dispute play active roles in resolving the program, they usually are comfortable and supportive of the solution.