California Legal & Dispute Resolution Referral Resources

This directory provides resources for tenants affected by secondhand smoke who need help resolving a dispute with their landlord or another tenant. Users can select from four types of resources:

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Programs: For a nominal fee, an ADR program can arrange mediation sessions between disputing parties, during which all have the opportunity to state their side of the issue with the goal of reaching a mutually satisfying resolution. A trained mediator facilitates the process.
  • Housing and Tenant Rights Advocacy Organizations: These local organizations offer a range of services to help resolve housing-related issues. Services are provided primarily for low-income tenants at no or low cost, and may include services such as mediation and making phone calls and writing letters on the client’s behalf. These agencies tend to be overwhelmed with requests from renters with eviction disputes and may have limited capacity to advocate in secondhand smoke matters. Individuals may need to have a disability and/or income below a certain amount to qualify for services.
  • Certified Lawyer Referral Services: For a nominal fee, these referral agencies (affiliated with local chapters of the State Bar of California) can arrange a short consultation with an attorney to help determine whether legal action might be warranted. When seeking a referral, an attorney who specializes in landlord/tenant law may be most helpful in resolving disputes involving secondhand smoke exposure.
  • County Tobacco Control Projects: Each county health department has a state-funded Tobacco Control Project, which may be able to refer individuals affected by secondhand smoke to additional resources.

A. Milton Miller Memorial Fund dba Western Law Center for Disability Rights, Loyola Law School
Alameda County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
Alameda County Health Care Services Tobacco Control Project
Alpine County Health and Human Services Tobacco Education Program
Alternative Dispute Resolution ProBono Project
Alternative Dispute Resolution Center Department of Community Action
Amador County Public Health Department Tobacco Control Program
Attorney Referral and Information Service of the Fresno County Bar Association
Attorney Referral Service
Attorney Referral Service of the Sacramento County Bar Association (no walk-ins)
Bar Association of San Francisco Lawyer Referral Service
Bay Area Legal Aid Santa Clara Regional Office
Bay Area Legal Aid Alameda County Regional Office
Bay Area Legal Aid Contra Costa Regional Office
Bay Area Legal Aid San Francisco Regional Office
Bay Area Legal Aid San Mateo Regional Office
Beverly Hills Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Buena Fe Mediation Program
Butte County Department of Public Health Tobacco Education Program
California Rural Legal Assistance
California Rural Legal Assistance
California Rural Legal Assistance
California Rural Legal Assistance
California Rural Legal Assistance Coachella Regional Office
California Rural Legal Assistance Delano Regional Office
California Rural Legal Assistance El Centro Regional Office
California Rural Legal Assistance Fresno Regional Office
California Rural Legal Assistance Gilroy Regional Office
California Rural Legal Assistance Madera Regional Office
California Rural Legal Assistance Oceanside Office

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