Free PLI Training: Helping Students Harmed By Predatory Schools

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPEAAAAJDlmNTg2OWQyLWM3NGUtNDdhNi1iYzM4LWUzZDgyNDdkNWQwMwOctober 5, 2016 – Did you know that student loan debt exceeds $1.2 trillion nationally? A significant number of students, disproportionately from low-income communities and communities of color, attended for-profit colleges such as the now-closed Corinthian, Marinello, and ITT Tech schools. They promised a path to a better future but instead delivered only crippling debt.

Learn about the rewarding pro bono work you can do to help these former students learn about their rights and options. Consumer law experts, including BayLegal attorney Juliana Fredman, will share with you the tools you need to help to make a difference in their lives.

Register here.

Lolita Fernandes Receives President’s Pro Bono Award

imgresSeptember 29, 2016 – Congratulations to Lolita Fernandes on receiving the The State Bar of California President’s Pro Bono Award! Thank you for your passionate commitment to pro bono and housing rights of BayLegal clients. You are our #ProBonoHero!

Stop Unfair Driver’s License Suspensions

huffpo-logoSeptember 21, 2016–Bay Area Legal Aid and our coalition partners continue to fight the system of fines, fees, and suspended license that push poor Californians deeper into poverty.

Read more about the unfair system of fees and fines here.

Learn more about BayLegal’s work here.

Profile on UC Hastings Alum Claire Johnson Raba

baylegalSeptember 21, 2016–BayLegal Attorneys and UC Hastings College of Law Instructors, Claire Johnson Raba and Juliana Fredman, are fighting unjust drivers license suspensions while also teaching law students how consumer protection attorneys help low-income people when a single traffic ticket turns into a living nightmare.

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Free PLI Training on Representing Pro Bono Clients in Administrative Hearings

AAEAAQAAAAAAAAPEAAAAJDlmNTg2OWQyLWM3NGUtNDdhNi1iYzM4LWUzZDgyNDdkNWQwMwSeptember 19, 2016 — Are you interested in practicing your advocacy skills while building a healthier community? For many legal aid clients, administrative hearings are a pivot point in their economic security. At this free training, seasoned faculty, including #BayLegal attorneys Steve Weiss and Adam Poe, will teach you how to protect the rights of low-income families.

Come Visit Us at Oakland Pride 2016

bala sf pride 2September 7, 2016 — Bay Area Legal Aid will be proudly representing this Sunday at the 2016 Oakland Pride. Come say hello and spin the wheel of justice!

Remembering Stonewall

safe_imageAugust 25, 2016 — As we continue to grieve the tragedy of Orlando and the ongoing physical and emotional violence against the LGBT community, we also soldier on to fight for equality.

Today, on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, let us take a moment to remember the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and honor the Stonewall National Monument, the newest national monument designation in the National Park Service.

BayLegal Teaches at UC Hastings College of Law

Juliana Kari and Claire at UC Hastings 2August 24, 2016 — This semester Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys — Juliana Fredman, Kari Rudd, and Claire Johnson Raba — are teaching the next generation of consumer law attorneys at UC Hastings College of Law. Cheers to these three consumer law experts!

Taking Money from Food Stamp Recipients

CalFresh is California's Food Stamps ProgramAugust 17, 2016 — Food stamp recipients, already on the poverty line, are being pushed further into desperation by California’s aggressive debt collection practices. Today, Bay Area Legal Aid filed suit to force the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to follow the law and stop demanding cash for old debts.

“The regulations only allow the state to go after food stamp recipients for debts up to three years old,” said Bay Area Legal Aid attorney Cynthia Chagolla. “CDSS is ignoring the law and demanding payment for debts twice that age.”

The plaintiffs are two East Bay residents who were inadvertently given too many food stamps (now called “CalFresh”) more than three years ago, which they used for food. Now CDSS wants to be paid back — in cash. The suit asks for a statewide order halting these improper collection efforts.

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Free Training on How to Change a Person’s Life


August 1, 2016 –  Are you a pro bono attorney looking to make a dramatic difference in the course of someone’s life? Come learn about Reentry in California from experienced faculty, including BayLegal Attorney, Adam Poe. Learn how barriers to employment, housing, and self-sufficiency prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from breaking free from the cycle of poverty and violence. Change a person’s life.

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Community Brings Lawsuit to Force San Jose to Comply with State Affordable Housing Law

logo_city-of-san-joseJuly 21, 2016 – “The City is draining the cultural richness out of San José,” said Cristina Peña, staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid. “By handing over one of its most powerful affordable housing tools at a time when we are facing a statewide housing crisis, San José is reducing the supply of affordable housing. The effect discriminates against racial and ethnic minorities, and that contradicts San José’s long history of embracing its vibrant diversity.”

Public Advocates, Inc.; Public Interest Law Project; Weil, Gotshal, and Manges LLP; and Bay Area Legal Aid are working together to preserve affordable housing and keep the City of San José diverse.

Read the Press Release

Read the San Jose Mercury News Article

Read the Silicon Valley Business Journal

Watch BayLegal Attorney Cristina Peña’s Interview with Univision

We Stand for Racial Justice

r10kRWjX_400x400July 14, 2016 – This heartbreaking summer of tragedy will not defeat us. Bay Area Legal Aid joins our national partners in reaffirming the centrality of racial justice to our communities. There can be no justice without racial justice.

Read NLADA and Shriver Center’s joint statement.

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