Lawyers for the Grassroots
"I can’t say enough about what it meant to have Public Advocates supporting our East Palo Alto community. The partnership with Facebook that you helped us secure resulted in an investment of $20 million into affordable housing for our area."
~Tameeka Bennett, Executive Director, Youth United for Community Action
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It’s time to create a more just and livable world with affordable and thriving communities.
Delivering on the Promise of Education Finance Reform

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News & Press

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.

Housing
Justice

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

Transportation
Justice

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

Climate
Justice

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

Get Involved. Fight With Us for Social Justice

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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