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Steve Ronfeldt

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BayLegal mourns the passing of our dear friend Steve Ronfeldt, who died last weekend. Steve was a tremendous person, an extraordinary advocate, a mentor, and true friend. Steve devoted his entire life and career – more than fifty years – to legal services. Right out of law school he started work at Legal Aid; he went …

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A heartfelt thanks to Vogmask from Bay Area Legal Aid!

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We at BayLegal are touched and deeply grateful, on behalf of our clients and staff, to start this morning of terrible, smoky air with news of a generous donation from Vogmask of San Francisco. Nearly 600 microfiber face masks are on their way to us thanks to the staff and management of this local company …

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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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Urgent Alert: New SSA Phone Scam

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From our allies at Justice in Aging comes news of a phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries: There’s a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called “spoofing” to make it …

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Civil Rights and Legal Aid Groups Demand End to City’s Unconstitutional Towing Practices

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For Immediate Release News from LCCR – SF Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid: Groups issue letter to City Attorney over violation of low-income people’s 4th Amendment rights Contact: Taylor Brady, TBrady@baylegal.org, (510) 250-5234; Matt Kovac, mkovac@lccr.com, (415) 510-9601 SAN FRANCISCO – One day after a federal court ordered the City of San Francisco to return an impounded …

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San Francisco Towing Practices Called into Question by New Federal Court Ruling

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For Immediate Release News from LCCR – SF Bay Area and Bay Area Legal Aid: City towed and impounded homeless man’s car for unpaid parking tickets; Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Bay Area Legal Aid and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP claim policy violates 4th Amendment guarantee against unreasonable seizure October 10, 2018 Contact: Taylor Brady, …

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Executive Director’s Blog – Looking Forward – Part IV

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Genevieve Richardson Executive Director
Looking Forward A Fair Bargain: A Partnership with the Private Bar to Protect Low-Income California Consumers Bay Area Legal Aid is excited to announce that in recognition of our Consumer Team’s tremendous work and the power of pro bono partnerships, we have been awarded a grant from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Pro Bono Innovation …

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Faces of BayLegal: Mary Lara

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What better way to start our series of staff profiles than with the woman who has been the face of BayLegal for thousands of clients? Mary Lara’s career supporting legal services began in 1976, and has included 20 years as our Alameda County Office Manager. “I like being around people,” she says of the client …

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BayLegal Reaches Out to Immigrant Victims of Crime

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Mélody Saint-Saëns, Bay Area Legal Aid’s Regional Immigration Coordinator, appeared on Univision 14 on August 29th. In this interview (conducted in Spanish), she addresses some of the common immigration remedies available to undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, and encourages survivors to come forward. Providing support to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, …

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Steve Ronfeldt to be honored with Loren Miller award

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We are proud to announce that Steve Ronfeldt, lifelong champion of legal services and a distinguished litigator on cases that have improved the quality of life for millions of low-income individuals across the country, will be named this year’s recipient of the Loren Miller Legal Services Award by the California Lawyers Association. Steve’s career in …

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In Memoriam: Anthony (Tony) White

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Tony White
Anthony G. (Tony) White August 3, 1949 – June 30, 2018 Tony White was a leader in the social justice movement in the Bay Area, California, and throughout the country. He was one of the first legal aid attorneys to see the power of technology and seek ways to harness it to better serve our …

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