Announcing BayLegal’s 2023 Annual Report

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Dear BayLegal friends,

Thank you for your continued partnership and support in the fight against poverty and the pursuit of justice!

For our 2023 Annual Report we have chosen to share stories that highlight one of our core goals – to pursue the most effective legal advocacy for each of our individual clients, who are the heart and soul of our work, and through that work to identify and pursue advocacy for systemic change to prevent the underlying legal barriers and issues from harming, exacerbating and entrenching others in poverty. Our advocacy originates and is centered in our local Bay Area counties, but often leads us to regional, statewide or even national levels to support our clients’ rights to health, self-sufficiency, stable housing, self-empowerment, dignity, and freedom from violence.

In the case of preventing the eviction of hundreds of low-income families in Napa after their rental payments were stolen out of their landlords’ rent drop-boxes, we leveraged our relationships with government agencies, nonprofit partners, community members, and housing providers to advocate for individual tenants, to raise awareness, and to educate tenants about their legal rights.

In our work to expand access to dental healthcare, our representation of one low-income senior to get his broken dentures replaced will lead to statewide policy changes impacting low-income Medi-Cal recipients across California.

And our work to address exorbitant toll fees and penalties that exacerbate poverty and its effects, and deepen inequities around race, gender, and sexuality, exemplifies the power of individual advocacy to address inequities and the power of sharing individual stories and systemic failures through the media.

As shared through these stories and several examples of our impact litigation and systemic advocacy, BayLegal’s expertise, relationships and status as a trusted source on the impact of law and policy on poverty and people living in poverty, places us in a position to increase equitable access to the legal system, to improve public safety net systems, to hold public and private actors accountable and address the causes and consequences of poverty.

Our work and impact would not be possible without your partnership and support – as a donor, as a community partner, as a volunteer. Together we make a difference in individual lives and our broader society! On behalf of BayLegal Board, staff, and most importantly our clients and our communities – we are grateful for your support and partnership. We hope this report helps you sustain and deepen your commitment to fighting poverty and the pursuit of justice.

In partnership,

Genevieve Richardson                                                  Robert A. Goodin
Executive Director                                                        Chair of Board


Read BayLegal’s 2023 Annual Report