If you are a client, former client, or someone who might become a client of Bay Area Legal Aid in the future, we would like your help with our 2015 Client Needs Survey. BayLegal regularly conducts these surveys in order to learn from people in the community about the different problems they face, and what role BayLegal might play in meeting those needs. This year, we are very excited to offer participants the chance to complete the survey online. Click here to get started.
Thank you for helping us improve our service to the community!
**Information gathered in surveys is anonymous and is not used for client intake purposes. Click here if you are looking for information about how to get legal help from BayLegal.
BayLegal attorney sheds light on our nation’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minors’ struggles to get healthcare coverage. Too often, these youths have their benefits prematurely terminated or wrongfully denied, despite the fact that they qualify for Medi-Cal and are most likely in need of medical services and care due to the various emotional and physical trauma they’ve survived as refugees without parents.
Click here to listen and read about how BayLegal attorney Marina Pantchenko continues to fight and advocate for the safety and well-being of these vulnerable youths.
Bay Area Legal Aid is offering clinics to assist students who attended the now-closed Corinthian Colleges, including Heald, WyoTech, Bryman, and Everest College. Attorneys and advocates from BayLegal, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates, the East Bay Community Law Center are working together to provide information to former students about their legal rights in relation to both federal and private loans taken out to attend these institutions. There are upcoming clinics throughout the Bay Area to help reach students in need, with dates throughout June and into July. See below for more details and information on how to sign up for help.
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.
For more information about KQED Forum: Click here
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.Read More»
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.
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
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
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.Read More»
BayLegal 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.Read More»
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)Read More»
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.