Lawyers for the Grassroots
"The luxury high-rises along Lake Merritt are a sign of the times. We organized. We turned out hundreds to call for affordable housing at City meetings but it was Public Advocates that helped to arm us with one of our strongest tools-- the law."
~East 12th Coalition
It’s time to create a more just and livable world with affordable and thriving communities.
It’s Every Child’s Right

Join our fight! Help us tear down racial and economic barriers, transforming legal action into everyday realities.

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From waging battles for affordable housing throughout the Bay Area to winning increased opportunities for a quality education in the courts, Public Advocates stays in the news. Here’s the latest.

Our Work

We challenge the systemic causes of poverty and racial discrimination by strengthening community voices in public policy and achieving tangible legal victories advancing education, housing and transit equity.

Quality Education & Financing

Striving to ensure children receive a quality education that will prepare them for college, careers and the future.


Advancing the right of families to live in communities jobs, schools and city services regardless of ethnicity or income.


Meeting the needs of low-income communities by fighting for more public transit and reduced or free fares for youth.


Targeting the needs of low-income communities; advancing  social equity through investments and opportunities.

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We’ve been called “the small but noisy law firm.” We take that as a compliment– as long as noisy means standing up for our clients, being willing to ruffle a few feathers and getting results way out of proportion to the size of our staff or budget.

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