Calling all stakeholders!

Bay Area Legal Aid needs your input for our 2015 Community Partner Survey. We want to hear from other legal service providers, members of the private bar, courts, and government and community agencies that serve our clients. This information will be combined with information gathered in BayLegal’s 2015 Client Survey to help us ensure that we are working strategically and effectively to provide access to justice for all.

To get started on the Community Partner Survey, simply click this link. This survey is only 12 questions long and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

Thank you in advance for your time.

New Housing Protection Ordinance in Richmond

House logoCongratulations to tenants and housing rights advocates in Richmond on the passage of Just Cause for Eviction and Rent Control protections!  If you are a tenant in Richmond who receives a notice of termination or rent increase and/or has questions about your rights under the new ordinance, please take a look at this FAQ prepared by Tenants Together (click here for the Spanish version).

If you have additional concerns, please feel free to call our Legal Advice Line at 800-551-5554 or visit our Housing Clinics in Contra Costa:

            Housing Clinic Schedule (English)

            Housing Clinic schedule (Español)

BayLegal on KTVU

Bay Area Legal Aid Consumer Law Attorney, Claire Johnson Raba, speaks on KTVU News about what renters need to know before they rent. Click here to see the video.

BayLegal needs you! Share your experience with us!

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 Fights for Unaccompanied Refugee Minors

BayLegal attorney Healthcare-HHS-AP_605sheds 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.

Love and Equality Conquer!

BayLegal is Proud to Partner in Justice!BayLegal applauds the Supreme Court’s historic decision honoring the American value of equality.

Legal Help for Students of the Corinthian Colleges

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.

Corinthian Clinics

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.

For more information about KQED Forum: Click here

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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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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