IIBA’s Pro Bono Program

IIBA relies on the support of pro bono attorneys, professionals, and law students to meet the demand for high-quality, individualized assistance.

As the largest provider of immigration legal services in Northern California, IIBA has various pro bono programs across our 7 offices, focusing on providing limited scope opportunities for pro bono attorneys, professionals, and law students that require little time commitment but can have a tremendous impact on those we serve.

Limited Scope Workshops

Citizenship Workshops

IIBA hosts several citizenship workshops during the year throughout our Bay Area locations. Volunteers for these workshops help legal permanent residents fill out the N-400, the form that establishes an applicant’s eligibility for citizenship.

San Mateo County

IIBA’s Redwood City office holds citizenship workshops on a monthly basis.

The Redwood City office also holds large weekend workshops in collaboration with San Mateo County and the New Americans Campaign (NAC) throughout the year. These workshops are open to all applicants, but specifically target low income individuals who receive public benefits.

To learn more about Redwood City’s naturalization workshops, email probono@iibayarea.org.

Napa County

IIBA’s Napa offices holds monthly citizenship workshops.

To learn more about Napa’s citizenship workshops, email probono@iibayarea.org

Contra Costa County

IIBA’s East Contra Costa County office holds three to four offsite citizenship workshops a year.

To learn more about East Contra Costa County’s citizenship workshop, email probono@iibayarea.org

San Francisco County

IIBA’s San Francisco office hosts three naturalization workshops within an organizational partner’s office during the calendar year. Such workshops are programmed far in advance of the event date in coordination with IIBA’s Pro Bono Manager. 

Additionally, IIBA’s San Francisco office is part of the SF Pathway to Citizenship Initiative’s Naturalization Collaborative, which holds large weekend naturalization workshops in San Francisco throughout the year. To learn more about the collaborative and sign up for the listserve, visit sfcitizenship.org

Volunteer Profile: Charles Comey

“Becoming an attorney, you take an oath to uphold the constitution,” Charles Comey explains. “A fundamental way to uphold the constitution is to give something back to a part of the community that you typically wouldn’t have a chance to interact with.”

One of the first citizenship workshops Charles volunteered at was on election day, in November 2016. “It was really coming full circle for me,” he says.

As a law student, Charles had helped with a political asylum case, supporting a professor who had fled China during the political unrest in 1989. When the case succeeded, Charles saw how the professor and his family’s lives changed for the better. It left a lasting impression.

Now a mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance partner at Morrison & Foerster, Charles was looking for a way to get back into immigration law. Through his firm’s pro bono department, he learned more about IIBA’s citizenship workshops.

Charles says one of his favorite parts about volunteering is learning everyone’s story. “All the people I have interacted with, uniformly, are highly motivated. They are highly invested in the new story they are writing as they develop further ties with the United States.”

IIBA appreciates Charles and all of our volunteers. We could not do the work we do without them.

Full Scope Opportunities with IIBA’s Oakland Office


IIBA’s Oakland office hosts an in-house volunteer program. Participants work on U-Visa petitions, which confer immigration benefits upon applicants who are victims of a qualifying crime, assist law enforcement, and suffer substantial physical or mental abuse as a result. We ask that pro bono volunteers commit to 2 days a week (15 hours) in-office work for a period of three months. Participants benefit from substantial mentorship from IIBA’s legal staff.

To learn more, email volunteer@iibayarea.org.

Law Student Internships

IIBA’s Oakland office also hosts a summer internship program for law students.

To learn more, email volunteer@iibayarea.org.

Have a new project idea to help immigrants? We’d love to partner with you!

In addition to IIBA’s established pro bono opportunities, we welcome new pro bono project ideas from our organizational partners. If you are interested in initiating a pro bono partnership with IIBA or are interested in hosting a limited-scope workshop in your office, please contact probono@iibayarea.org.

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