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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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Fraud Alert: DHS Phone Numbers Used in Extortion Scam to Obtain Personal Information

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Our Regional Immigration Counsel provides the following news of recent scam attempts that pose a potential threat to our clients’ consumer protection: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a fraud alert to warn the public of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part …

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BayLegal mourns the loss of Jeff Adachi, a leader for equal justice

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We have lost a powerful partner and voice in the fight for social justice.  Jeff Adachi was a courageous trailblazer, speaking out and fighting for all.  His commitment to equal justice for low-income San Franciscans in the criminal justice system was evident throughout his nine terms as the City’s Public Defender.    Mr. Adachi and …

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BayLegal is a finalist for the 2019 BRIDGE Awards!

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Bay Area Legal Aid is proud to have been named a finalist for the 2019 BRIDGE Awards. The award is presented annually in recognition of organizations committed to “offer equal employment opportunities and economic stability to the people of this region, regardless of their background. Bay Area leaders have the opportunity to share their knowledge and …

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BayLegal advocacy prevents 100% rent increase for San Francisco’s most vulnerable tenants

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Today Bay Area Legal Aid is celebrating a coordinated and successful group effort by our San Francisco Housing team to stop San Francisco Housing Authority from doubling the minimum rent for the most vulnerable Section 8 holders in the city. SFHA currently faces a nearly $30 million dollar shortfall in their Housing Choice Voucher program. …

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Announcing a major new legal resource for homeless youth

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With the launch of the Homeless Youth Handbook, advocates and California youth who are unhoused, precariously housed, or transitioning out of homelessness have gained a major new set of legal resources. A multi-year, multi-state pro bono initiative by Baker McKenzie in partnership with corporate partners and a broad range of legal services and youth support organizations, …

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Join BayLegal and the Family Justice Center for a Training — All About Domestic Violence Restraining Orders

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All About Domestic Violence Restraining Orders Bay Area Legal Aid Family Law attorneys will conduct this training to help providers and community members recognize domestic violence and know what options and resources are available for survivors in Contra Costa County. Learning Objectives Participants will learn to: Define what a domestic violence restraining order can and …

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Celebrating a significant victory against the criminalization of poverty

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BayLegal joins our colleagues at Public Counsel, and the allied organizations with whom we partnered in an amicus brief, in celebrating yesterday’s decision by the CA Second District Court of Appeals in People v. Dueñas. The court’s decision represents an important step against the criminalization of poverty and the imposing of court fees on defendants …

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Working to Bring Eboni Route Home for the Holidays

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A story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle by Kimberly Veklerov details the challenges faced by Eboni Route in fighting an improper lockout by the Oakland Housing Authority. Represented by her BayLegal attorneys Rebekah Evenson and Emma Dinkelspiel, Eboni was in court and at her OHA housing site today, hoping the agency would abide by a …

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New Developments in the San Francisco Towing and Impound Case

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As covered in previous BayLegal news items, BayLegal attorneys and our colleagues from the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (LCCR) have worked throughout 2018 to represent very low-income, homeless and precariously housed clients whose vehicles have been seized for unpaid parking tickets by the City of San Francisco without hearing or legal recourse. BayLegal and …

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