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Matern Law Group, PC - Los Angeles 1230 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 | Phone: (855) 913-1134

Matern Law Group, PC - Los Angeles (Downtown) US Bank Tower, 633 West Fifth StreetSuite 2818B
Los Angeles, CA 90071 | Phone: (855) 205-8186

Matern Law Group, PC - Oakland 1330 Broadway, Suite 428
Oakland, CA 94612 | Phone: (855) 893-0718

Matern Law Group, PC - Sacramento Capitol Mall, 500 Capitol MallSuite 2350
Sacramento, CA 95814 | Phone: (855) 206-0281

Matern Law Group, PC - San Diego Emerald Plaza, 402 West Broadway, Suite 400
San Diego, CA 92101 | Phone: (855) 435-4141

Matern Law Group, PC - San Francisco One Market Plaza Spear Tower, Suite 3676
San Francisco, CA 94105 | Phone: (855) 512-3291

Legal Clinics

How We Started

Given their work with some of the most vulnerable populations in the community, members of Matern Law Group had long expressed a strong desire to offer their support in ways that would reach beyond the courtroom. Matthew Matern established the Satyagraha Alliance in 2017 to serve as the firm’s the social responsibility arm, naming it after Gandhi’s policy of social change through nonviolent resistance – or Satyagraha, a term that literally means “holding to the truth.”

As its inaugural event, The Satyagraha Alliance hosted a fundraiser and community discussion forum to raise awareness of issues surrounding the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles. The event featured Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Rick Wartzman, along with the Executive Director of the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, Wade Trimmer.

Volunteers from the Satyagraha Alliance, the attorneys and staff from Matern Law Group, participate in a number of Legal Clinics held by non-profit organizations throughout LA

Downtown Women’s Center Saturday Legal Clinic in Partnership with the Abraham Lincoln University

Without the stability of a home, many homeless women do not have access to the legal resources that other people take for granted.  In partnership with Abraham Lincoln University, Downtown Women’s Center holds a monthly Saturday Legal Clinic to assist homeless women in handling a variety of legal issues. Our attorneys and volunteers provide access to free legal support regarding workplace issues, traffic tickets, the sealing of civil lawsuits for eviction, and a variety of other legal matters.

Bet Tzedek Pro Bono Cases in Partnership with Safe Place for Youth

Deprived of a place to call home, troubled youths or youths exiting the foster care are forced to live on the street and fend for themselves. Homeless youth often receive minor citations on the streets, including demerits for sleeping outside, blocking sidewalks, and loitering. Without the ability to go to court or pay for the fines, these individuals often bench warrants for their arrest. Bet Tzedek has established a partnership with Safe Place for Youth’s Legal Clinic to tackle this issue. Through Bet Tzedek, our attorneys work pro bono to clear tickets or warrants belonging to the homeless youth. With every successful case, homeless youth are able to access resources or pursue paths that were previously unattainable due to their circumstances. Without said warrants or citations, these individuals may freely seek protection from law enforcement, further their education, or find employment without having to worry about any repercussions.

Downtown Women’s Center “Know Your Rights” workshop

Employment is not always a golden ticket for women trying to escape homelessness.  Far too often, at risk women are taken advantage of at work, with their employers indicating resistance means losing their job and becoming homeless again.   The Downtown Women’s Center “Know Your Rights” workshop is aimed at providing information and resources about the rights women have as employees.  Through these workshops, our volunteers inform women of California labor laws regarding meal and rest breaks, premiums and reimbursements, overtime policies, and other laws designed to protect employees.  With these resources, at risk women are better equipped to protect themselves when entering the workforce.

Volunteering

The Satyagraha Alliance is dedicated to supporting and giving back to local underprivileged communities.  Our current activities include assisting with local food pantries, providing education and employment training, completing pro bono work, and delivering informational workshops.