BayLegal Calls for a Moratorium on Consumer Debt Collection

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On March 23, 2020, Bay Area Legal Aid and 15 allied legal services and consumer protection organizations submitted a letter to Governor Newsom requesting immediate steps to protect consumers as part of the state’s COVID-19 emergency response. In order to mitigate irreparable harm being done to consumers and communities throughout the state, we have requested …

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Advocating to Stop Eviction Proceedings and Enforcement Actions in Oakland During the COVID-19 Emergency

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BayLegal attorney Hilda Chan
Baylegal’s advocacy in alameda county In Alameda County, BayLegal has joined with partner organizations in advocating for a halt of at least 3 weeks’ duration in all unlawful detainer (UD) proceedings and eviction enforcements. On March 12, 2020, Bay Area Legal Aid joined our colleagues from the East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC), Centro Legal …

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Updates: Court, Administrative Office, and Public Agency Closures and Modified Schedules to Protect Public Health

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Updated March 26, 2020 @ 9:36am Courts and administrative offices in multiple jurisdictions where BayLegal works and our clients live are closing, modifying schedules, and/or issuing guidances and new public safety rules in order to safeguard public health in light of the COVID-19 emergency. URGENT ALERT: For important information on how to avoid a new …

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Announcing BayLegal’s 2019 Giving Campaign

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Genevieve Richardson, Executive Director
Announcing BayLegal’s 2019 Giving Campaign   Dear supporter of BayLegal, Every year at this time, I am struck by the depth of commitment of the individuals and communities that stand behind Bay Area Legal Aid. Fall and winter mark the “public” phase of our annual fundraising campaign, and gives me an opportunity to reflect on …

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OneJustice Fundraiser to Benefit Legal Services for Immigrants

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Come Together for Justice October 26th in Lafayette!   Bay Area Legal Aid is honored to be included as a beneficiary of OneJustice’s fall fundraising event, Come Together for Justice. Join us for an afternoon of wine, hors d’oeuvres and conversations about justice. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier will share details of his recent visits to the …

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BayLegal Attorneys Represent Client Causes at American Bar Association Annual Meeting

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During the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco, held August 8-9, 2019, BayLegal attorneys shared their expertise on legal services for youth who have been victims of human trafficking, people impacted by the opioid epidemic, and people experiencing housing instability in Contra Costa County. Palmer Buchholz, Staff Attorney with the Youth Justice …

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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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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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“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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BayLegal Lawsuit Helps Spotlight Systemic Problems with Juvenile Detention in 4 Bay Area Counties

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A November 9th story on NBC Bay Area by Liz Wagner, Michael Bott, and Jeremy Carroll finds that 4 of 5 Bay Area counties investigated are deciding in a majority of cases to hold kids in pre-trial juvenile detention when their own assessment tools indicate pre-trial release. This investigative report emerged from discussions between BayLegal …

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