AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) provides free and low-cost legal services to people with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco Bay Area.

We provide free and low-cost legal assistance and education on virtually any civil legal matter to individuals living with HIV/AIDS. We accomplish this mission through either direct representation of clients by one of our 13 staff attorneys or by careful placement of clients with one of ALRP’s 550 volunteer Panel attorneys.

Founded in 1983, ALRP has handled over 85,000 legal matters for our clients over the last 40+ years. Our efforts help our clients:

  • Avoid unlawful evictions – fulfilling their basic need for shelter
  • Protect their assets, and their children’s future
  • Reduce their stress and improve their health
  • Assure their personal dignity
  • Protect and regain lost jobs and insurance/medical benefits

Our goals are to provide legal counsel and representation on often-complex legal matters for a community of individuals often least able to afford it, and to leverage the resources of the private bar for the public good.

We serve seven Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Solano and Sonoma).

Last year, ALRP helped more than 1,500 people with HIV/AIDS in over 2,600 legal matters, successfully leveraged almost $1 million in donated legal services, and provided 8 MCLE Trainings to 65 attorneys and 88 Outreach Presentations for clients, service providers and community partners.


ALRP 2020-2023 Strategic Plan Summary

ALRP at a Glance:

Founded: 1983 — now in our 40th year of service

Executive Director: Bill Hirsh

Staff: 16

Board of Directors: 28

Volunteer Panel Attorneys: More than 550

Number of Cases Handled since 1983: 85,000+

Number of People with HIV/AIDS in the SF Bay area: More than 18,000

Percentage of Clients with Extremely Low Incomes: 82%

Percentage of Clients from Communities of Color: 50%

Annual Operating Budget (2020): $1,900,482

Percent of Budget from Sources other than Government Grants: 40%

Number of Counties Served: 7

For More Information: Sloka Krishnan, Volunteer Coordinator at slokak@alrp.org