Finding Aid to the AIDS Legal Referral Panel Files, 1984-1988 MSS 96-01

Finding Aid written by Josue Hurtado
University of California, San Francisco Archives & Special Collections
© 2007
530 Parnassus Ave
Room 524
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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: .
Language of Material: Collection materials are in English


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


Collection is open for research.

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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

box 1, folder 1

Annual Reports 1987-1991

box 1, folder 2

Response to the Bathhouse Closure Issue 1984

box 1, folder 3

AIDS Discrimination, General 1985-1986

box 1, folder 4

San Francisco Human Rights Commission and AIDS Discrimination 1985-1986

box 1, folder 5

AIDS in the Workplace 1986

box 1, folder 6

Bereavement Policies 1985-1987

box 1, folder 7

"Legal Issues Confronting the Pre-Hospital Care Worker" (EMTs) 1988

box 1, folder 8

Domestic Partners 1988