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BayLegal’s Consumer Unit Begins Monthly Workshops For Individuals Facing Rent Debt

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Because of COVID-19, an estimated 165,000 families in the seven Bay Area counties BayLegal serves face nearly $1 billion in rent debt. The end of federal and state eviction moratoria intended to keep families in their homes during the pandemic leaves this astronomical personal debt unresolved. Even where eviction protections remain, many must deal with …

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Former BayLegal Attorneys Rebekah Evenson and Cristina Vazquez Receive 2021 CLAY Awards

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In March, Rebekah Evenson, Alameda County Superior Court Judge and former BayLegal Director of Litigation, and Cristina Vazquez, California Division of Labor Standards Attorney and former BayLegal Supervising Attorney, received two of the Daily Journal’s 2021 California Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) awards for their work on the case Anderson v. City of San Jose. …

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Housing Rights Video: COVID-19 Tenant Protections, the Alameda County Moratorium, and the CA Rental Assistance Program

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On June 3, 2021 BayLegal attorneys Palmer Buchholz and David Canela joined Crystal Warren of the Independent Living Association – Alameda County, to present and answer questions on a range of housing rights issues. Watch below to learn about tenant rights during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alameda County eviction moratorium, and the CA Rental Assistance …

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Weekly Know Your Rights Legal Information Workshops for San Francisco Residents

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BayLegal’s San Francisco Economic Justice team is conducting free online “Know Your Rights” workshops weekly this month. Topics we will cover range from tenant protections during the pandemic, to traffic court fees and fines, to public benefits and unemployment insurance. A schedule of workshops through April is listed below. Each flyer includes information on how …

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BayLegal and Partners Send Letter Demanding Sacramento County Superior Court End Unconstitutional Civil Assessment Fees

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BayLegal, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCRSF), the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California, and Legal Services of Northern California submitted a letter demanding that the Sacramento County Superior Court end $300 civil assessments. These civil assessments are fines for missing a payment deadline or court …

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BayLegal Intern Lisette Leon Reflects On Her Time at BayLegal in The Harvard Gazette

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Lisette Leon, BayLegal intern and recent Harvard graduate, reflected on what her internship meant to her in The Harvard Gazette. She wrote about being proud of her work with the Economic Justice team, especially the work she did to help people secure their economic impact payments. Thank you, Lisette, for everything you’ve done for our …

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Mother Jones Article Describes Uptick in Unlawful Evictions

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With local and statewide protections in place against evictions for those who cannot pay rent due to COVID-related hardships, landlords in the Bay Area have been finding loopholes to evict tenants. A recent Mother Jones article describes the increase in landlord harassment, lockouts, utilities shutoffs, and other methods of trying to get around eviction protections. …

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Settlement Increases Access to Health Care for Hundreds of Thousands of Californians

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A recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by four individuals and a non-profit organization against the Department of Health Care Services will dramatically cut the time people wait to be approved for Medi-Cal health insurance coverage. Under the settlement in the case Rivera et al. v. Lightbourne et al., Alameda County Superior Ct. No. RG14740911, …

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BayLegal Announces 2022 Fellowship Opportunities

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BayLegal is excited to invite rising third year law students and recent law school graduates to propose innovative fellowship projects for submission to Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and similar programs to begin in the Fall of 2022. BayLegal is interested in supporting fellowships that focus on protecting the rights of people experiencing homelessness as well …

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Update on BayLegal’s Summer Law Clerk Program

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BayLegal is excited to welcome our law clerks this summer. We are grateful for the high level of interest in our summer law clerk program this year and have been impressed by the commitment to public interest work and social justice advocacy from all of our applicants. Although applications for this summer are closed, we …

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