New Non-Profit Organization, American Society of Legal Scholars, Offers Legal Seminars to Low-Income, Immigrant, and Other Groups Throughout Bay Area

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Community outreach organization seeks to educate vulnerable groups about key legal rights.

Justice through Education

Even the best laws will not help an employee of an abusive company if the employee does not know his or her rights

A pioneering new nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area is offering free legal seminars to the public in an attempt to combat the widespread abuse of laws which often disadvantage Bay Area tenants, employees, and residents. The American Society of Legal Scholars (“ASLS”)—an organization founded by a local attorney—provides free seminars on various legal topics, including employment, immigration, landlord-tenant, and criminal, in order to empower vulnerable groups.

A recent study of nearly 5,000 workers in America's three largest cities—New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago—revealed that most workers experience one or more legal violations on a regular basis. In fact, about 20% of surveyed workers experienced overtime and off-the-clock violations within the last pay period and approximately 60% had meal period violations. “Many employees and tenants are unaware of their legal rights. Even the best laws will not help an employee of an abusive company if the employee does not know his or her rights,” said Founder and President, Stephen Noel Ilg. The ASLS aims to assure that Bay Area residents are informed of their legal protections.

The ASLS has already begun working with local schools such as the University of San Francisco, Golden Gate University, and Making Waves Academy, as well as with various English as a Second Language programs. It has also partnered with other nonprofits: “A San Diego nonprofit, Shining Lotus, believed in our mission and volunteered to upgrade our website, teach social media best practices, and design informational brochures for free, which made a big difference in our networking and outreach efforts,” stated Vice President, Vishtasp Soroushian.

On May 19, 2014 from 7:00-10:00 p.m., the ASLS is holding a fundraiser at Northstar Café in San Francisco. Customers who donate $10 or more to the ASLS receive happy hour prices until 10:00 p.m. In addition, 90% of sales of a certain drink will be donated to ASLS. These proceeds will help cover operational expenses, such as printing costs of informational materials provided to seminar attendees. Groups interested in a lecture or individuals wishing to join, can send an email to help(at)legalscholars(dot)org, call 888.980.0109, or visit

About ASLS

The American Society of Legal Scholars is a community outreach organization dedicated to the idea that legal education empowers. Our mission is to send a visiting Legal Scholar wherever we find a group of adults who are at risk of having their rights violated; to provide free legal education to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney; and to visit youth groups who want to know more about the power and limits of government or about pursuing a legal career.

Contact Information:

Stephen Noel Ilg
American Society of Legal Scholars
53 Fairview Avenue
Daly City, CA 94015
888.980.0109 or 510-520-6365
help(at)legalscholars(dot)org or stephen(at)legalscholars(dot)org


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