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AIDS Legal Referral Panel Files
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  • General
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Alternate Forms Available
  • Acquisition Information
  • System of Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Content of Collection

  • Contributing Institution: University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
    Title: AIDS Legal Referral Panel files,
    Creator: AIDS Legal Referral Panel
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS 96-01
    Physical Description: 1 box .4
    Date (inclusive): 1984-1988
    Abstract: Files produced by the AIDS Legal Referral Panel including annual reports for the years 1987-1991, and subject files containing correspondence, notes, and reports.
    Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog: http://www.library.ucsf.edu/ .
    Language of Material: Collection materials are in English


    Finding Aid Written By:
    Josue Hurtado
    Date Completed:
    March 2007


    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manager of Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
    Copyright restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], AIDS Legal Referral Panel Files, MSS 96-01, The UCSF Library and Center for Knowledge Management, Archives and Special Collections, University of California, San Francisco.

    Alternate Forms Available

    There are no alternate forms of this collection.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by the AIDS Legal Referral Panel in May 1996.

    System of Arrangement

    Arranged to the folder level.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Special Collections staff in 1996

    Organizational History

    The AIDS Legal Referral Panel (ALRP) provides access to free and low-cost legal services for people with HIV or an HIV-related legal problem. The panel also promotes the rights of people with HIV through its Public Policy Program.
    ALRP originated in 1983 as a project of Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF), an organization of lesbian and gay lawyers. In 1985 Clint Hockenberry was hired as the staff person. In 1989 ALRP became an independent organization with Hockenberry as Executive Director. He continued in this role until his death from AIDS in early 1992, at which time Kristin Chambers was appointed Executive Director. As the name implies, ALRP is primarily a referral service for people with legal problems related to AIDS. Callers are interviewed over the phone by ALRP staff to determine what issues are involved and what kind of help is needed. Clients are then matched with one of the hundreds of ALRP volunteer attorneys, paralegals, or notaries. Services are generally low cost or free. In 1992, 2,900 of the several thousand callers were referred to volunteers. ALRP also has a public policy arm which advocates for change in the legislative arena, in government entitlement programs (such as Social Security), and in other government agencies.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This small collection is potentially useful to researchers investigating legal issues surrounding persons with AIDS during the 1980s. The first file holds ALRP Annual Reports for the years 1987-1991. The rest are subject files containing such documents as correspondence, notes, and reports.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF)
    AIDS (Disease)--United States--History
    AIDS Legal Referral Panel