Bay Area Legal Aid on KQED Forum

May 12– Tune into KQED Radio’s Forum with Michael Krasny at 9:30 am on Wednesday, May 13th. Bay Area Legal Aid consumer law attorney, Juliana Fredman, will discuss the fallout from the Corinthian Colleges closures and how Bay Area Legal Aid is empowering former students to make smart financial decisions.

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Bay Area Legal Aid Receives DV Prevention Honors

May 6– Bay Area Legal Aid will be honored this week by Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) for the firm’s work ensuring the safety of domestic violence survivors through San Mateo County’s Domestic Violence Firearms Compliance Program. The award will be presented on Thursday, May 7th, at CORA’s annual Seeds of Hope celebration at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club in Menlo Park. Bay Area Legal Aid and the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will be honored for their roles in the Firearms Compliance Program. The San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office and the San Mateo Legal Aid Society will also be recognized for their roles in the program.

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BayLegal Celebrates Our Partners in Justice

On April 9th BayLegal celebrated our community of champions at our annual donor appreciation cocktail party, hosted by Keker & Van Nest.

The strength of BayLegal is in our courageous clients, dedicated staff and board, and wonderful champions who support our work. Many thanks to all of you, and especially our extraordinary Platinum Leadership Firms and Guardians of Justice!

Platinum Leadership Awards
Cooley LLP
Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Guardian of Justice Awards
Chavez & Gertler LLP
Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg LLP

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Give Hope on May 5th

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On Tuesday, May 5th, Silicon Valley Gives and East Bay Gives will raise money for local nonprofits through a single day of community generosity. The East Bay Gives  and Silicon Valley Gives campaigns are an opportunity for residents of Santa Clara, San Mateo, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties to support BayLegal’s mission to ensure equal justice for those who are most vulnerable in our community. Join BayLegal to make a collective impact on how we help people living in poverty in our region.

On May 5th: visit Baylegal’s pages on Silicon Valley Gives or East Bay Gives to make a donation. Your generous support makes a difference in the lives of BayLegal’s clients – low-income families, domestic violence survivors, working parents, veterans, seniors, at-risk youth, and others urgently in need of free, professional legal help to keep them in their homes, free from violence, with the resources to meet their families’ basic needs. Join us on May 5th to give where you live.

* Donations made to BayLegal through Silicon Valley Gives and East Bay Gives will be used to support services in each respective region.

BayLegal Celebrates Our Partners in Justice

On April 9th BayLegal celebrated our community of champions at our annual donor appreciation cocktail party, hosted by Keker & Van Nest.

The strength of BayLegal is in our courageous clients, dedicated staff, and wonderful champions who support our work. Many thanks to all of you, and especially our extraordinary Platinum Leadership Firms and Guardians of Justice!

Platinum Leadership Awards
Cooley LLP
Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation
Morrison & Foerster Foundation
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Foundation

Guardian of Justice Awards
Chavez & Gertler LLP
Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg LLP

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BayLegal Hosts Reentry & Fair Housing Training

Reentry Housing Workshop On March 20th, BayLegal hosted a regional training on “Enforcing the Fair Housing Rights of Returning Residents.” Panelists discussed strategies available to fair housing and reentry advocates to increase equity in housing opportunities.

Bay Area Legal Aid hosted the event through support from a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Fair Housing Initiatives Program. The program highlighted fair housing issues raised by discriminatory admissions practices for individuals with criminal records.

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Congratulations to Rob Uriarte of Orrick and Melody Saint-Saens of BayLegal!

7917665_300x300BayLegal is proud to announce that Melody Saint-Saens and Robert Uriarte have received the Legal Aid Association of California Family Law Awards for their outstanding dedication and commitment to legal services for low-income Californians.

BayLegal attorney Melody Saint-Saens received the award in the Direct Representation category, and Robert Uriarte from Orrick Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP was recognized for his exceptional pro bono work with BayLegal’s family law unit. Their dedication has helped our clients escape domestic violence, providing them with hope to reclaim their safety and well-being. Thank you both for your hard work that has inspired , meaningful positive change in our clients’ lives.

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Court Puts an End to Medi-Cal Limbo and Orders State to Issue Timely Healthcare Benefits

Low-income applicants—including children, pregnant women, and people with life-threatening illnesses—will no longer have to wait for months while their health deteriorates

OAKLAND, CA – If the state is unable to determine whether an applicant is eligible for Medi-Cal within 45 days, it must grant that applicant temporary health benefits, ruled the Alameda County Superior Court. The January 20 ruling marks a major victory for low-income Californians, many of whom had been stuck in a kind of Medi-Cal limbo while their health deteriorated. (Rivera v. Douglas, RG 14740911, Superior Court, Alameda)

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New Domestic Violence Center Opening in Concord

The Central County Family Justice Center, a new resource and support facility, is scheduled to open this month in Salvio Pacheco Square in Concord. This will be the second of three Contra Costa county locations, providing a support network that will bring together police, social service agencies and community organizations that help domestic violence and sexual assault victims seek help and leave the violent situation. As Contra Costa Family Justice Center’s partnering organization, Baylegal provides legal assistance with restraining orders and the preparation of VAWA petitions in Contra Costa County and is integral to all efforts related to domestic violence. The new down town Concord center, West Contra Costa Family Justice Center in Richmond and a third center planned for East County,  will create a new platform and countywide network of domestic violence assistance facilities,  allowing us to expand our services to more victims in the county who are in need of help.

Read more at: The Contra Costa Times

Read more about Baylegal’s Domestic Violence Prevention Program

Thank You!

GT2014_thxOn Tuesday, December 2, BayLegal was part of #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. Thank you for participating and promoting fairness in the civil justice system!

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Speaker Series: Tulin Acikalin – “Collaborating for Safety”

DSC_7259On November 18 2014, Pacifica Institute hosted Tulin D. Acikalin, Managing Attorney at Bay Area Legal Aid, for her talk on “Collaborating for Safety: Helping Families and Children Live Free from Violence”. Read more at the Pacifica Institute.

Low-Income Residents Face Housing Shortage of Critical Proportions

For low-income Oakland residents, the housing crisis is reaching epidemic proportions. The City of Oakland had the highest annual rent growth in the nation at 9.4 percent. Families struggling to make ends meet watch as their rents are increased at rates that far outpace the Section 8 subsidy levels, as well as their wages.

“Landlords want to get the maximum rent they can,” said Lisa Greif, an attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid.

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