What we’re reading: BayLegal’s Hilda Chan quoted in article on Chinese immigrant women survivors of domestic violence

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This long-form article by Junyao Yang at The China Project profiles Chinese women who have immigrated to the U.S., their struggles to find safety and support across cultural and language barriers, and the legal and advocacy organizations working to help them access legal systems and support networks. Hilda Chan, BayLegal Regional Counsel for Housing Litigation, …

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Coverage of BayLegal’s suit against Achievable Solutions Inc. (ASI) for fraudulent debt collection practices

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We are pleased to share this story by Shwanika Narayan in today’s San Francisco Chronicle, providing a closer look at Bay Area Legal Aid’s ongoing lawsuit against debt collector Achievable Solutions, Inc. (ASI). Our suit, filed in 2022 with co-counsel firms Kemnitzer, Barron & Krieg and Bramson, Plutzik, Mahler & Birkhaeuser, LLP, alleges that ASI …

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One for Many: Impact Litigation for Direct Service Organizations (July 19th webinar co-presented by Impact Fund and Bay Area Legal Aid)

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ONE FOR MANY: IMPACT LITIGATION FOR DIRECT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Tues, July 19, 12-1 pm Co-hosted by Impact Fund and Bay Area Legal Aid Presenters: Novella Coleman, Director of Litigation, Bay Area Legal Aid Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation & Training, Impact Fund In 1996, Congress prohibited Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) grant recipients from initiating or participating in …

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Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee approves plan for DMV liens on vehicle registrations for unpaid bridge tolls and late fees

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On June 8th, Bay Area News Group publications ran a story by Eliyahu Kamisher, detailing the plan by the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee to authorize DMV liens on vehicle registrations for drivers with unpaid bridge tolls and late fees. BayLegal attorneys Ocean Mottley and Rachel Hoerger, quoted in the story, point out the …

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Bay Area Legal Aid files suit against junk debt buyer for fraudulent collection practices

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March 16, 2022 For Immediate Release Bay Area Legal Aid files suit against junk debt buyer for fraudulent collection practices. Press Contacts: Noah Zinner, Regional Managing Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid, (510) 250-5266, nzinner@baylegal.org Kai Haswell, Senior Attorney, Bay Area Legal Aid, (510) 250-5205, khaswell@baylegal.org Oakland, CA- Today, Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) filed a …

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BayLegal Joins Lawsuit to Stop Exorbitant Late Fees Used to Fund Court Systems in San Mateo County

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Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Legal Aid, and Fenwick & West LLP filed a lawsuit challenging San Mateo County Superior Court’s unlawful practice of automatically imposing a $300 charge every time an individual misses a payment or court deadline in their traffic …

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Relieving Traffic Debt, Removing Barriers to Housing and Stability

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Congratulations to BayLegal Senior Staff Attorney Andrea Crider and her client, who just secured $48,000 in traffic debt relief through BayLegal’s representation in Contra Costa County Homeless Court. Andrea reports that over the course of extensive advocacy in homeless court and traffic court, this is the largest amount of debt she has seen relieved for …

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VA partnership with Bay Area Legal Aid selected for national award

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The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has selected the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s partnership with BayLegal as one of its winners for the 2021 VHA National Community Partnership Challenge (CPC). VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Medical Legal Partnership with Bay Legal Aid’s Veteran Legal Project was selected for recognition by the VHA along …

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Consumer Debt Collections, the Pandemic, and the “Return to Normal”: Telling a More In-Depth Story

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An extensively researched, detailed story by Amy DiPierro (published as a collaboration between Stanford University’s Big Local News and the nonprofit Bay City News Foundation) provides critically-needed context and explanation for the steep decline in consumer collections lawsuits during the first phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the exceptions to that decline, and the extent to …

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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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