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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BayLegal attorney Jia Min Cheng honored with Heroes and Hearts Award

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San Francisco, CA —  Jia Min Cheng, Legal Director of BayLegal’s San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (SFMLP) at the Children’s Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), has been named a 2017 recipient of the Heroes and Hearts Award. Jia Min has led the SFMLP since 2011, helping ZSFG patients and their families overcome the legal obstacles …

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Profile on UC Hastings Alumn Clair Johnson Raba

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BayLegal Attorneys and UC Hastings College of Law Instructors, Claire Johnson Raba and Juliana Fredman, are fighting unjust drivers license suspensions while also teaching law students how consumer protection attorneys help low-income people when a single traffic ticket turns into a living nightmare. Read Full Article

BayLegal Teaches at UC Hastings College of Law

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This semester Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys — Juliana Fredman, Kari Rudd, and Claire Johnson Raba — are teaching the next generation of consumer law attorneys at UC Hastings College of Law. Cheers to these three consumer law experts!

Free Training on How to Change a Person’s Life

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Practicing Law Institute
Are you a pro bono attorney looking to make a dramatic difference in the course of someone’s life? Come learn about Reentry in California from experienced faculty, including BayLegal Attorney, Adam Poe. Learn how barriers to employment, housing, and self-sufficiency prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from breaking free from the cycle of poverty and violence. Change …

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