About Legal Aid Society of San Diego
We are here to help you!
The mission of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego is to improve lives by advancing justice through effective, efficient and vigorous legal advocacy, outreach and education.
A San Diego County where all people enjoy equity and equality allowing them to live and thrive because of our efforts.
Who We Are
The Legal Aid Society of San Diego is a proud, committed and compassionate group of people dedicated to providing equal access to justice for poor people through aggressive, quality legal services. As legal advocates we will redress our clients’ legal problems, empower our clients to access and effectively participate within the legal, governmental and social systems and encourage self-empowerment in the fight against poverty and injustice.
We are dedicated to using our resources in a way that safeguards the legal rights of our clients and respects their human dignity.
We make a personal commitment to ourselves, to each other, to our clients and to our community to work as a cohesive creative unit to maximize our strength, our power and our effectiveness.
Justice Begins Here
The Executive Management Team of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego
Joanne L. Franciscus, CEO/Executive Director/Chief Counsel
Daniel Benson, Managing Attorney
Kris Jacobs, Managing Attorney
Sergio Valenzuela, Chief Fiscal Officer
Consumer Center for Health Education and Advocacy (CCHEA)
In 1998-99, the County of San Diego decided to establish a health consumer center. The County chose the Legal Aid Society to be the site for this new Center. With this funding and matching funds from The California Endowment (TCE), the Consumer Center for Health Education & Advocacy (CCHEA), a program of the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, was born. The Center continues to be supported by the County and TCE and also has funding partnerships with California Department of Managed Care (DMHC), California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) and California’s new Health Benefit Exchange (Covered California). CCHEA is a partner of the HealthCare Alliance (HCA), a coalition of eleven California legal aid programs providing healthcare access services to California consumers. CCHEA is the statewide coordinator for all of these consumer services.
Educate, assist and empower San Diegans to become and remain healthy.