Heartfelt Gratitude to Our Summer Volunteers!

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Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
I hope all of our Bay Area Legal Aid followers, supporters, and allies will join me and the BayLegal staff in saying an enthusiastic “thank you” to the 40 volunteers and interns who joined us this summer. This diverse, talented, committed group includes 28 law students, 10 undergraduates and 2 rising high school students (thanks …

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BayLegal at the ABA Annual Meeting and LSC Forum

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BayLegal staff, board and clients are participating in several panels, discussions and events at the American Bar Association (ABA) Annual meeting in San Francisco this Friday, August 9th. These include  Increasing Access to Legal Services for Those Experiencing Housing Instability in Contra Costa County, co-presented by the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty and BayLegal. …

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BayLegal and Our Partners Gain a New Tool to Fight Displacement: San Francisco’s Tenant Right to Counsel Launches

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July marked the launch of the City of San Francisco’s Tenant Right to Counsel program, fulfilling the mandate of the voter-approved Proposition F (the No Eviction Without Representation Act) on the November 2018 ballot. The program guarantees a free attorney to all San Francisco tenants who have received an eviction notice or who have been …

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2017-18 Annual Report (updated)

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Our Shared Accomplishments for Equal Justice Our 2017-18 Annual Report tells the story of the scope, depth, and commitment of our work for equal justice: the hundreds of thousands of lives changed through BayLegal’s representation and our impact strategies; the lasting victories for fair housing, healthcare access, family safety and stability, and a functioning social …

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FREE Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic – San Francisco, August 18th

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Would you like FREE assistance with completing your documents to change your name and/or gender marker? Sign up for our upcoming Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic! Get legal support from caring lawyers to change your name or gender marker. Support includes education and assistance with completing your court documents and other necessary documents. Advance …

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Advocating for formerly incarcerated tenants

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A story in the June 21st edition of the San Jose Mercury News presents the many challenges to accessible, affordable, and fair housing faced by tenants with prior criminal convictions, even in jurisdictions where pre-screening of prospective tenants for criminal backgrounds is prohibited by law. The story profiles tenants struggling to access housing and stabilize …

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The San Francisco SSI Advocacy Pilot Marks 100 Clients Served

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This week brings great news from BayLegal and our partners and funders in the San Francisco SSI Advocacy Pilot. Our team has just surpassed expectations for our first project year in under ten months, with more than 100 cases in which we have provided SSI advocacy to San Francisco residents experiencing homelessness or at risk …

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Information and resources for immigrant families who might face deportation (Spanish)

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June 19th, 2019: BayLegal attorney Jessica Jenkins appeared on Univision 14 to provide information on legal rights and available resources to Spanish-speaking families with members who might face deportation proceedings. In the current climate of intensifying enforcement action and uncertainty around immigration, accurate information on the right to counsel, the right to refuse warrantless entry, …

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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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