PLI Seminar – Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2016

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPEAAAAJDlmNTg2OWQyLWM3NGUtNDdhNi1iYzM4LWUzZDgyNDdkNWQwMwApril 22, 2016 – Interested in providing pro bono assistance to immigrants escaping domestic violence? Learn from an expert panel on the related yet distinct issues facing immigrant clients in crisis. Free training on May 10th.

Register here.

The American Lawyer Notes How Legal Advice Lines Could Help Solve the Justice Gap

Tbaj-nqZApril 18, 2016—Last week American Lawyer Media noted how a Legal Advice Line might help solve the justice gap. Bay Area Legal Aid’s nationally acclaimed Legal Advice Line has been providing advice and referral since 2004. Staffed by six attorneys and advocates, the Legal Advice Line receives over 100,000 calls annually.

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Rebekah Evenson to Lead Litigation and Advocacy at Bay Area Legal Aid

Rebekah head shotApril 11, 2016 – Bay Area Legal Aid welcomes Rebekah Evenson, a veteran social justice litigator, to be Bay Area Legal Aid’s Director of Litigation and Advocacy. “There is no one better to lead Bay Area Legal Aid’s growing litigation docket than Rebekah Evenson,” said Alex Gulotta, Bay Area Legal Aid Executive Director. “After a national search, it is clear that Rebekah is the perfect choice. She has the skills, experience, and strategic thinking necessary to deepen our litigation practice. With Rebekah’s leadership, we raise the bar in advancing justice for our clients.” Ms. Evenson will assume the role on May 2, 2016.

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PLI Free Seminar on Advocacy for Low-Income Children with Disabilities in California

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPEAAAAJDlmNTg2OWQyLWM3NGUtNDdhNi1iYzM4LWUzZDgyNDdkNWQwMwApril 4, 2016 – Don’t miss this chance to help low-income children with disabilities! Get started in pro bono by attending this free training on April 21, 2016, with expert attorneys from BayLegal and the public interest legal community.

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BayLegal on KGO Radio

KGO_810_logo_2000-2011March 22, 2016 – Bay Area Legal Aid Consumer Law expert attorney, Claire Johnson Raba, speaks with KGO Radio’s Chip Franklin on traffic tickets that punish people for being poor.

Listen here

Bay Area Legal Aid will be removing barriers to economic justice at Contra Costa Clean Slate Day

March 23, 2016– Contra Costa Clean Slate Day is Saturday, March 26th! Bay Area Legal Aid is partnering with Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office, Rubicon Programs, Reentry Success Center, Safe Return Project, and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church to help build a healthy Contra Costa County. We will be sharing information about our civil legal services to help participants remove barriers to economic justice.

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Driver’s License Suspensions Still a Problem for People Too Poor to Pay Exorbitant Traffic Fines

March 21, 2016 – Bay Area Legal Aid, along with a coalition of legal organizations, sent a letter this morning to the California Judicial Council, urging the Council to instruct all California traffic courts to stop suspending the driver’s licenses of people who are too poor to pay exorbitant traffic fines. “What used to be a hundred dollar violation in California now costs nearly five hundred dollars, and the costs climb into the thousands when people miss deadlines to pay fees they can’t afford,” said Claire Johnson Raba, Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid. “Many jobs require a driver’s license, so the loss of a license pushes families deeper into the cycle of unemployment and poverty.”

Read the press release here

Read the letter to the Judicial Council here

PLI Seminar on California Public Benefits

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPEAAAAJDlmNTg2OWQyLWM3NGUtNDdhNi1iYzM4LWUzZDgyNDdkNWQwMwMarch 15, 2016 – Do you work with low-income clients or want to get started in pro bono? Help low-income clients navigate the difficult and bureaucratic processes in establishing and maintaining public benefits eligibility. Don’t miss this free training with BayLegal expert attorneys on April 1, 2016!
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Uber, Lyft Drivers Having Trouble Affording Leases Offered Through Ridesharing Companies

cbs-logo-blueMarch 1, 2016 – Bay Area Legal Aid consumer law expert attorney Claire Johnson Raba speaks to CBS about ridesharing companies and predatory commercial leases.
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Thank you Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati!

February 24, 2016 – Thank you Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati for spending your lunchtime learning how to protect domestic violence survivors! From all of us at the San Mateo DV Collaborative (CORA – Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Bay Area Legal Aid) — thank you!wsgr

BayLegal’s Youth Justice Project Addresses Gaps in Foster System

February 22, 2016 – Brian Blalock and Erin Palacios discussed BayLegal’s Youth Justice Project and the gaps in the foster system at the forum “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: Young People Who Can’t Go Home Reveal Holes in the Foster Care Safety Net”. Thanks to New America Media and Youth Radio for hosting the event!
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Legal Help For Seniors

unnamedFebruary 19, 2016 – Staff Attorney Kristi Lesnewich recently highlighted some of the services BayLegal offers to seniors in Napa County.

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