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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Pro Bono Opportunity – Consumer Rights

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Pro Bono Opportunity *MCLE Credit Available* Join Bay Area Legal Aid, Community Action Marin, Legal Aid of Marin, SparkPoint Marin, and the Marin Pro Bono Network at the offices of Keegin Harrison LLP on June 12th, for a pro bono training focused on consumer rights, then help make our consumer legal clinic in San Rafael …

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Learn About Tenants’ Rights

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Learn About Tenant Rights Friday, April 26, 2019 10 am-12 pm Berkeley Public Library – Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Meeting Room 1901 Russell St. (at MLK) Berkeley, CA 94703 An attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid will present legal information on the following topics: Rights and responsibilities of tenants Eviction procedures and rights Housing …

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Free Clinic to Seal Juvenile Records

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Bay Area Legal Aid is offering a free legal clinic to seal juvenile records for eligible individuals on April 11, 2019, from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Opportunity Junction in Antioch. When you seal your juvenile records relating to an arrest or court case, the court deems the arrest or court case “never to have occurred.” This means …

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LSC Issues Press Release in Response to Proposed Funding Elimination

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For the third year in a row, the White House has recommended that funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) be eliminated in its FY 2020 budget proposal to Congress.  Confident in strong bipartisan congressional support, LSC has issued the attached Press Release.  LSC has also released its FY 2020 congressional budget request seeking $593 million.  …

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“Towed Into Debt”: Major New Report Shows How Towing Practices in CA Unfairly Harm Low-Income Drivers

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Today Bay Area Legal Aid announces the publication of “Towed Into Debt.” This major new report looks at the economic, legal, and policy aspects of municipal tow and impound practices across multiple cities in California, where approximately 1 million vehicles are towed by public agencies each year, and finds compelling evidence that: Towing is often …

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Congratulations to Brian Blalock

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Brian Blalock, one of the founding visionaries of Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Project, and most recently law and policy director at Tipping Point Community in San Francisco, is the new Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department. This article in the Santa Fe New Mexican gives a glimpse of Brian’s …

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