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BayLegal Publishes Our 2021 Annual Report

Categories: Announcements, eNewsletter Story, Executive Director blog, Fundraising, Homepage, News, Publication
Dear Partners In Justice, Thank you for your partnership and support of our critical work with low-income communities throughout the Bay Area toward a more just society for all! The publication today of our 2021 Annual Report stands as a compelling reminder to all of us at BayLegal of what your support means for our …

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Know Your Rights: The McKinney-Vento Act (education rights for youth experiencing homelessness)

Categories: Announcements, eNewsletter Story, Homepage, News, Resources
BayLegal’s Youth Justice team has assembled a Know Your Rights document and resource list on the McKinney-Vento Act’s protections for youth experiencing homelessness. Many thanks to the YJ team’s high school interns, who have worked this summer to research and design this resource! Download the PDF here, and check out the main Youth Justice page …

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Know Your Rights resources for Laguna Honda residents and their advocates

Categories: Announcements, Homepage, News
News from our colleagues at the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) about the decertification of Laguna Hospital Hospital, and the rights of  residents: “Due to continued quality of care violations, Laguna Honda has been threatened with loss of its ability to get paid by Medicare and Medi-Cal. Most Laguna Honda residents have their …

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One for Many: Impact Litigation for Direct Service Organizations (July 19th webinar co-presented by Impact Fund and Bay Area Legal Aid)

Categories: Announcements, Attorneys, Homepage, News
ONE FOR MANY: IMPACT LITIGATION FOR DIRECT SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Tues, July 19, 12-1 pm Co-hosted by Impact Fund and Bay Area Legal Aid Presenters: Novella Coleman, Director of Litigation, Bay Area Legal Aid Lindsay Nako, Director of Litigation & Training, Impact Fund In 1996, Congress prohibited Legal Services Corporation (“LSC”) grant recipients from initiating or participating in …

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California Discharges $500 Million in Illegal Court Fees in Response to Litigation, but Lawsuit Against the Courts Will Press On

Categories: Advocacy, Announcements, Homepage, Litigation, News, Other
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, July 1, 2022 PRESS CONTACT Joe Rivano Barros, joe@theworkeragency.com, 510-798-0730 CALIFORNIA DISCHARGES $500 MILLION IN ILLEGAL COURT FEES IN RESPONSE TO LITIGATION, BUT LAWSUIT AGAINST THE COURTS WILL PRESS ON The Governor agreed on major relief, but ultimately failed to eliminate the needless court fee, known as the “civil assessment,” that …

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Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee approves plan for DMV liens on vehicle registrations for unpaid bridge tolls and late fees

Categories: Attorneys, eNewsletter Story, Homepage, News
On June 8th, Bay Area News Group publications ran a story by Eliyahu Kamisher, detailing the plan by the Bay Area Toll Authority Oversight Committee to authorize DMV liens on vehicle registrations for drivers with unpaid bridge tolls and late fees. BayLegal attorneys Ocean Mottley and Rachel Hoerger, quoted in the story, point out the …

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BayLegal Celebrates Pride Month 2022

Categories: Announcements, Homepage, News
This Pride month, BayLegal continues our tradition of celebrating our LGBTQIA2S+ staff, colleagues, clients, partners, kids, family and neighbors. In the midst of widespread and unprecedented political and social attacks on the basic rights of our transgender community members, we must ask ourselves how we can hold up LGBTQIA2S+ power and leadership, not just to …

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Remote name and gender marker change legal clinic / Clínica legal virtual para cambio de género y nombre

Categories: Announcements, Homepage, News
Bay Area Legal Aid remote name and gender marker change legal clinic   Would you like FREE help completing your documents to change your name and/or gender marker? June 29th, 2022 2:00 – 6:00p.m. via Zoom   Sign up to get free legal support from attorneys and advocates for completing court paperwork and other necessary …

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Mourning and Reflecting on Lives Lost to Gun Violence

Categories: Homepage, News
In the past two weeks, we have seen and heard countless reminders that guns are a direct threat to Black lives, Asian lives, and Latine/Latinx lives, both in the hands of professionals and civilians. We’ve seen these reminders in Atlanta, Oakland, Buffalo, Irvine, San Bernardino, Uvalde. We hear the echo of voices from two years …

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California Judicial Council Sued for Illegal Scheme to Fund Courts through Late Fees; San Mateo Court Stops Collecting Millions in Outstanding Debts and Waits for Governor and Legislature to Act.

Categories: Advocacy, Homepage, Litigation, News
MEDIA UPDATES “San Mateo court agrees to stop collecting debt from unpaid fees in light of lawsuit,” Maria Dinzeo for Courthouse News Service, 5/25/2022 “San Mateo Courts Pause Late Fees in Response to Suit,” Dave Simpson for Law360, 5/25/2022 (requires paid subscription) “Civil Rights, Legal Aid Groups Pause Lawsuit Over $300 Civil Assessments,” The Recorder, …

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KQED reports on civil assessments

Categories: Homepage, Litigation, News
This morning’s KQED Morning Report includes coverage of civil assessments and the advocates who are pushing the Governor to propose their abolition in his May budget revise. As we reported in January, BayLegal has joined ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Legal Aid, …

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