Former BayLegal Attorneys Rebekah Evenson and Cristina Vazquez Receive 2021 CLAY Awards

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In March, Rebekah Evenson, Alameda County Superior Court Judge and former BayLegal Director of Litigation, and Cristina Vazquez, California Division of Labor Standards Attorney and former BayLegal Supervising Attorney, received two of the Daily Journal’s 2021 California Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards for their work on the case Anderson v. City of San Jose. …

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Housing Rights Video: COVID-19 Tenant Protections, the Alameda County Moratorium, and the CA Rental Assistance Program

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On June 3, 2021 BayLegal attorneys Palmer Buchholz and David Canela joined Crystal Warren of the Independent Living Association – Alameda County, to present and answer questions on a range of housing rights issues. Watch below to learn about tenant rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alameda County eviction moratorium, and the CA Rental Assistance …

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Mother Jones Article Describes Uptick in Unlawful Evictions

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With local and statewide protections in place against evictions for those who cannot pay rent due to COVID-related hardships, landlords in the Bay Area have been finding loopholes to evict tenants. A recent Mother Jones article describes the increase in landlord harassment, lockouts, utilities shutoffs, and other methods of trying to get around eviction protections. …

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Jia Min Cheng Discusses BayLegal’s Medical-Legal Partnership on Heath Strategies Radio

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Former BayLegal senior staff attorney Jia Min Cheng was interviewed about BayLegal’s Medical-Legal Partnership with the Community Health Center Network on the Health Strategies Radio podcast, a podcast hosted by the California Healthcare Foundation. She discussed how the these types of partnerships integrate lawyers into healthcare settings to address the structural issues that impact patients. …

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LCCR-SF and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Obtain a Class Preliminary Injunction Against Bad Boy Bail Bonds That Prevents Collection of Bail Bond Premium Payments

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Building off of the work of BayLegal’s senior consumer protection attorney Juliana Fredman, LCCR-SF and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP obtained a class preliminary injunction against Bad Boy Bail Bonds to prevent it from collecting bail bond premium payments. The injunction provides relief to Californians who cosigned bail bonds only to find out that …

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Mélody Saint-Saëns Featured on CABE Whittier Podcast

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Mélody Saint-Saëns, BayLegal’s Immigration Regional Counsel, was featured on the CABE (California Associate for Bilingual Education) Whittier podcast on March 19. Melody was part of a group of attorneys who spoke on the topic of the Socio-Legal Framework for Violence Against Women in Spain, Peru, and the USA. Melody spoke about federal and state laws …

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Hilda Chan Receives 2021 Legal Aid Association of California Award of Merit

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We are pleased to announce that Hilda Chan, a BayLegal Supervising Attorney, received the 2021 Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) Award of Merit in the Legal Services category. Hilda was recognized for her tireless advocacy on behalf of low-income communities in the Bay Area in 2020. Hilda’s work includes direct services, advocacy, and impact …

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Youth Justice Team Receives Unsung Heroes Award

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Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Team received Youth Law Center’s (YLC) 2020 Unsung Heroes Award for their work advocating for youth in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. YLC celebrated the tireless work the Youth Justice Team has done to protect vulnerable young adults in the Bay Area, especially during these critical times. …

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Bay Area Legal Aid Reaches Settlement to Protect Survivors of Domestic Violence

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This fall, Bay Area Legal Aid reached a final settlement in a lawsuit filed in 2019 to compel the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) to fulfill its legal and ethical responsibilities to survivors of domestic violence. The lawsuit was filed in response to SFPD’s long-term failure to comply with California Family Code § 6228, a …

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BayLegal Interview Series: Bob Capistrano Reflects on 43 Years of Service

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In this series, we will be sharing the recollections of BayLegal staff and stakeholders (current and former) about their involvement with our work: our fight against poverty and for social justice. It is a collective story involving many people who have played a part in our history. There is no single way to tell our …

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Past and Present BayLegal Fellows

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Current Fellows Henrissa Bassey Equal Justice Works Fellow Sponsored by: the Morrison & Foerster Foundation About Henrissa’s Project Henrissa Bassey joined BayLegal in 2016 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by the Morrison & Foerster Foundation. Henrissa provides comprehensive legal advocacy to avoid the over-incarceration of justice-involved youth in Contra Costa County, with a …

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Regional Immigration Team Educates Families about Accessing Safety Net Programs

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BayLegal Attorney and Regional Immigration Coordinator Mélody Saint-Saëns spoke with Univision 14 about social services and benefits that are available to eligible immigrants and their families: “Las leyes acerca de estos servicios y programas gubernamentales no han cambiado… Los padres pueden solicitar y continuar de recibir estos servicios de estos programas a nombre de sus …

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