Pioneering a New Legal System Aimed at Ending Poverty

While Adrian Tirtanadi was working in community development, he came upon an idea: If everyone could access legal help, poverty […more…]

Open Door Legal

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Strategic Partnerships Manager: Sierra Loya


Open Door Legal is pioneering the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation. Our goal is to show that when everyone has access to the law, poverty will be dramatically reduced.

Over the next few years we plan to expand citywide, making San Francisco the first city in the country with universal access.  We also hope to become a model for national replication, and want to have a systemic impact on how we, as a society, ensure justice for the poor.

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I felt like I did not have real rights. I came into court raw from trauma. I have a history of domestic violence with my ex-partner. He threatened me, said he would kill me, and broke my things. I tried to get a restraining order, but the judge denied it. It turned into a custody issue in family court for my daughter. Thank you for supporting us. Open Door Legal has been a life raft in a storm, and I was out in that water. I had a life jacket, but I needed a life raft. Because of ODL, I did not feel alone in this process.
F. Stewart, Family Law Client

Becoming a National Model

As Open Door Legal is set to hit its 10-year anniversary in January 2023, the group is hoping to dramatically expand its operating budget. 

It plans on raising $10 million over the next two years in order to open up three new offices in the Sunset, Mission, and Tenderloin neighborhoods and increase its full-time staff to 90. The growth would allow Open Door Legal to take on at least 2,000 cases per year – doubling its current capacity – and would put the nonprofit on track to work on 24,000 cases by the end of the next decade.

“Investing in us is investing in the system that will make San Francisco the first city with universal access to legal representation,” says Executive Director and Co-founder Adrian Tirtanadi. 

“Our vision is to make San Francisco a model for the nation.”

Key Supporters

Adobe Community Fund
Battery Powered
Bigglesworth Family Fund
California Access to Justice Commission
Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
Magic Cabinet
Mayor’s Office of Housing and
Community Development
San Francisco Human Services Agency
The State Bar of California
van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation
Venable LLP
Younger Family Fund