Who We Are

The mission of Legal Services of Northern California is to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within our community, efficiently utilizing all available resources.

​For over 60 years Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC) has been fighting for the civil rights of our clients. LSNC is the strong voice that continues to speak out on behalf of our clients living in our communities, even as the state and local “safety nets” for the poor continue to crumble.

Most of the legal aid offices that make up Legal Services of Northern California began as an offshoot of a volunteer program or a special grant project. The oldest program began in Sacramento County in 1956. For a number of years the Sacramento, Auburn, Woodland, Solano, Chico, Redding, Eureka and Ukiah offices were independent organizations created solely to benefit the low-income residents in their particular communities. Today, all these disparate legal aid programs are now integrated as a whole into one organization. Our services are provided to consumers in 23 northern California counties, with our largest office and administrative offices located in Sacramento.

LSNC provides crucial civil legal services to tens of thousands of needy and vulnerable individuals, while also engaging in complex, sophisticated advocacy—through litigation, legislation, administrative advocacy, and community development work—which has a significant positive impact for our entire client community in the areas of affordable housing, public benefits, health, education, and civil rights. In 2014 alone, LSNC assisted over 25,000 individuals in need of civil legal services.

To cite just one example, in 2014 LSNC successfully litigated Paratransit v. Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, 59 Cal. 4th 551 (2014), a California Supreme Court decision helping countless unemployed workers obtain the unemployment benefits to which they are lawfully entitled.

PDF: 2015 LSNC Annual Report

PDF: 2016 LSNC Annual Report