New Youth Justice resource: Know Your Rights – AB 181

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Thanks to BayLegal YouthJustice law clerk Sophie Tohl and intern Armaan Sharma for this one-page guide to a new diploma pathway for young people with disabilities, established under California’s AB 181. Please circulate widely to any students you serve who entered ninth grade during the 2022-23 school year or later, and who might qualify for …

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Information and Resources for Consumers Harmed by the Practices of Achievable Solutions, et al

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Injunction The court-ordered injunction in Bay Area Legal Aid v. Achievable Solutions, et al. (Alameda County Superior Court Case No. 22CV008464) is described in detail below and a copy of the injunction is available at the bottom of the page. Please note that this court order does not in any way limit the ability of …

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Get a refund for bills from Santa Clara Valley Medical Center—ACT NOW!

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Our colleagues at the Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP) recently settled a lawsuit against the County of Santa Clara related to notices and implementation of their charity care policy. The settlement requires the County to review bills that were sent to collections between October 28, 2018 and December 31, 2021.  The attached PDF flyer from WCLP …

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Bay Area Legal Aid, Texas Advocacy Project and Allies File Amicus Brief to Safeguard Domestic Violence Survivors from Lethal Firearms Access

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BAY AREA LEGAL AID CONTACT Taylor Brady tbrady@baylegal.org (510) 250-5234 Bay Area Legal Aid, Texas Advocacy Project and Allies File Amicus Brief to Safeguard Domestic Violence Survivors from Lethal Firearms Access Section 922(g)(8) focuses on preventing individuals who have committed or threatened family violence from accessing firearms during the period they are …

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California Court of Appeal Declares San Francisco’s Poverty Tows Unconstitutional As Legislature Confronts Towing Policies Statewide

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Car being towed
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 24, 2023 PRESS CONTACT: Raya Steier, 530-723-2426, rsteier@lccrsf.org ***PRESS RELEASE*** San Francisco, CA– Last Friday, the California Court of Appeal held that San Francisco’s policy of towing lawfully and safely parked vehicles without a warrant, solely due to unpaid parking tickets, violates the California Constitution. San Francisco’s towing policies permanently deprive thousands …

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BayLegal Files Amicus Brief in CA Supreme Court Case: Cal. Capital Insurance Co. v. Hoehn

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[We are pleased to share the press release from OneJustice on our amicus brief in this critically important case for California consumers]. CONTACT: Leigh Ferrin – OneJustice – (415) 834-0100 ext 422, lferrin@one-justice.org San Francisco – Today, OneJustice, along with Bay Area Legal Aid, and the Center for Consumer Law and Economic Justice at UC Berkeley Law School, filed an …

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BayLegal Launches Our 2022 Annual Report

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Dear BayLegal friends, Working Together for Justice is much more than a tag line—it is about the expertise, resources and partnerships that are needed to address the deep socioeconomic and civil legal inequities in our country. Legal Services Corporation (LSC) issued an updated Justice Gap Report in 2022, which like the California State Bar Justice …

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PRESS RELEASE: Rent Thefts Target Low-Income Communities in Napa

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2023 MEDIA CONTACT: Consuelo Amezcua, 707-603-1374, camezcua@baylegal.org ***PRESS RELEASE*** Rent Thefts Target Low-Income Communities in Napa Download a PDF copy of this release. Napa, CA- Local community organizations, including Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), Fair Housing Napa Valley (FHNV), On the Move (OTM), and Puertas Abiertas (PA) along with Napa …

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Reporta Univision 14 sobre robo de rentas en Napa | Univision 14 reports on rent thefts in Napa

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Esta historia transmitida por Univision 14 el viernes pasado informa sobre una serie reciente de robos organizados en la ciudad de Napa, en los que los ladrones apuntaron a los buzones de alquiler en 25 propiedades de alquiler. La mayoría de los cientos de inquilinos afectados son familias latinas de bajos ingresos, muchas de las …

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Litigation Victory Signals End to California Courts’ Illegal Late Fees That Penalized Poverty for Profit

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 25, 2023 MEDIA CONTACT: Raya Steier, 530-723-2426, rsteier@lccrsf.org   ***PRESS RELEASE*** Litigation Victory Signals End to California Courts’ Illegal Late Fees That Penalized Poverty for Profit.   San Francisco, CA- The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and Bay Area …

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Highlighting the Impacts of Inequitable Parking Enforcement

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Car being towed
This March 6th story by Eliyahu Kamisher in the Mercury News digs into the data on parking enforcement practices in the Bay Area’s largest cities. The picture that emerges is one of significant  disparities in the number and likelihood of citations from city to city, with citation and enforcement often inseparable from municipal revenue considerations …

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Victory! San Mateo Ends Collection of Illegal Court Fees that Penalize Poverty; Settlement Talks With California’s Statewide Judicial Council Continue

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Bay Area Legal Aid, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and the law firm of Fenwick & West LLP, are celebrating a significant victory this week in our ongoing litigation against the Judicial Council of California and the San Mateo Superior Court. In …

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