Legal Services for Oakland Small Business Tenants

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF) is partnering with the City of Oakland to provide legal assistance to Oakland small business tenants. 

Webinars on Lease Negotiation

Join Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights for one-hour webinars on Zoom to assist Oakland small businesses with lease negotiation. Additional ways to get support for commercial lease issues will also be shared. This webinar will be offered in multiple languages. Webinars are scheduled for:

Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 5PM (English)
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Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5PM (English)
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Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 2PM (Spanish and English)
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Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12PM (English)
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Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5PM (Vietnamese and English) 
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Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 3PM (English)
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Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 5PM (Cantonese and English) 
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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 12PM (English)
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Webinar recordings in several languages will be posted to this web page as a resource for business owners with questions on commercial leases.  

One-hour consultations

For more individualized legal advice, Oakland small business tenants will be able to request hour-long, one-on-one consultations with an attorney via phone or video chat. To access this free service, clients will need to complete an online application form at

Once the application form is submitted, LCCRSF staff will contact the client to schedule a 30-minute intake call. The intake call facilitates client/attorney matching.  

Participation in a webinar prior to the one-on-one consultations is encouraged, but not required. The one-on-one consultation includes review of the client’s lease and related documents before the consultation. 

Longer-term legal assistance 

Longer-term legal assistance may include lease negotiation, pre-litigation and settlement negotiations or representation in a court preceding, and will be available for up to 16 low-income small business tenants who cannot afford to hire an attorney on their own. Participation in a one-hour consultation is not required to request longer-term assistance. LCCRSF will use grant funding to support this assistance, which will be capped at $5,000 per client and limited to payment of attorneys’ legal fees. Small business tenants who wish to receive additional legal assistance beyond that cap will be responsible for attorney’s fees above $5,000.  To access this free service, clients will complete an online application form at LCCRSF staff will then contact the client to schedule a 30-minute intake call in order to facilitate client/attorney matching.