New Study Shows the Long-Term Impact of Civil Legal Aid

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The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid jointly commissioned The Center for Community Solutions to survey former clients about how civil legal aid impacted their lives. The Center for Community Solutions surveyed more than 1,200 former clients across 13 counties in Northeast Ohio to find out what impact their civil legal aid …

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Free CLE Webinar On Protecting the Legal Rights of Homeless Students

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Join Michael Santos, a Registered Legal Services Attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Unit, for a free CLE webinar on innovative legal strategies for advocates and attorneys to protect the rights of students experiencing homelessness inside and outside the school gates. Hosted by the American Bar Association, this free CLE will explore the …

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Bay Area Legal Aid files lawsuit to compel San Francisco Police Department to comply with the law and protect survivors of domestic violence

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UPDATED May 16, 2019: Since our filing, we have seen significant coverage of this critical issue for survivors’ legal rights in Bay Area media. Stories filed to date include: “SFPD’s Non-Compliance Means Life or Death for Domestic Violence Survivors,” Ida Mojadad in SF Weekly, May 16, 2019 “Domestic violence survivors sue SFPD over alleged foot-dragging …

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Raising Awareness About Seniors and Student Loan Debt

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Bay Area Legal Aid attorney Juliana Fredman and client Martin Ross spoke with ABC 7 news last week about the growing problem of low-income seniors struggling with decades-old student loan debt. With four times as many seniors still paying off student loans compared to a decade ago, and with the monthly cost of loan payments …

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Lawsuit Results in a Fair Chance for Job Seekers

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West Contra Costa Unified School District settles hiring case, gives a fair chance to job applicants with prior convictions   May 8, 2019 (Richmond, California) – Bay Area Legal Aid and the Impact Fund have together reached a landmark settlement with West Contra Costa Unified School District, on behalf of clients The Safe Return Project …

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Good news about CalFresh benefits for SSI recipients!

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Beginning May 1, 2019, hundreds of thousands of Californians will have a significant barrier to adequate and stable nutrition removed. Regulations barring Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients from receiving CalFresh benefits have been lifted, opening access to this critical safety-net program to large numbers of low-income seniors and people with disabilities. Estimates are that as …

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BayLegal’s Bob Capistrano receives 2019 LAAC Award of Merit

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This month, BayLegal’s Bob Capistrano has been honored with the LAAC (Legal Aid Association of California) 2019 Award of Merit for Outstanding Legal Services Attorney. The award honors those who have demonstrated commitment to the delivery of legal services to the poor, litigated cases that had a significant impact on legal services clients, and worked …

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Law Rocks San Francisco: Fun and Fundraising for BayLegal

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  7th Annual Law Rocks San Francisco – come out Thursday, April 25th for great music in support of BayLegal – Law Rocks San Francisco is happening next Thursday evening, and promises to be both a fun night out and a great fundraising and friend-raising opportunity for BayLegal. For those who haven’t attended or heard about it …

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BayLegal demands that San Francisco Police Department comply with state law protecting domestic violence survivors

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On Tuesday, April 16th, BayLegal attorney Fawn Jade Korr and co-counsel Jeanne Finberg sent a letter to the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco City Attorney’s office demanding that the SFPD produce a plan to come into compliance with CA Family Code § 6228. This statute requires law enforcement agencies to produce copies of …

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San Francisco lifts 88,000 driver’s license suspensions

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Bay Area Legal Aid is proud of our work as part of a coalition including the Financial Justice Project of the San Francisco Treasurer’s Office, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, to bring about reforms in policies and practices in San Francisco …

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