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Cesar Chavez Day: Defending Our Youth; Protecting Our Health

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Day in and day out, the Bay Area’s most vulnerable residents—foster children, veterans, immigrants with limited English proficiency, LGBTQ individuals, and victims of domestic violence—rely on Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) in times of crisis. While legal aid funding hangs in the balance, our clients’ struggles against the conditions of poverty persist. Today and every …

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BayLegal Celebrates with SF LGBT Center on 15th Anniversary

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San Francisco, CA – As a longstanding community partner, and now a proud new tenant, Bay Area Legal Aid celebrates with the SF LGBT Center on their 15th Anniversary and completion of renovations! On Sunday, April 9, 2017, the SF LGBT Center will rededicate their renovated home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:00 PM followed …

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SF Chronicle Highlights Impact of Legal Aid Funding in CA

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sf chronicle legal aid funding
March 22, 2017 – The San Francisco Chronicle reported on the impact of legal aid funding throughout California, including Bay Area Legal Aid’s annual reach to nearly 60,000 people fighting for a chance out of poverty. Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is one of eleven organizations in California receiving funding from the Legal Service Corporation (LSC). In …

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Free Training: Learn the basics of CA Public Benefits Programs

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Practicing Law Institute
PLI Seminar: California Public Benefits: The Basics for Nonprofit and Pro Bono Advocacy 2017 Faculty: Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys Kendra Amick, Robert Capistrano, Abby Herzberg, Tiffany Huyenh-Cho, Lisa Newstrom, Joanna Parnes, Maya Watts, and Steven Weiss, as well as our esteemed colleagues at Western Center on Law & Poverty and the Public Interest Law Project. …

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BayLegal Seeking Law Clerks and Legal Fellowship Applicants

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Fellowships2018-2020
March 1, 2017 – Bay Area Legal Aid is currently seeking applicants for the 2017 Summer Law Clerk and 2018-2020 Legal Fellowship Sponsorship opportunities. Current first or second year law students with a strong commitment to public interest and social justice advocacy are invited to apply to our Summer Law Clerk Program. Learn more on our …

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BayLegal attorney Jia Min Cheng honored with Heroes and Hearts Award

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SFGHF Heroes and Hearts Luncheon
San Francisco, CA —  Jia Min Cheng, Legal Director of BayLegal’s San Francisco Medical-Legal Partnership (SFMLP) at the Children’s Health Center at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG), has been named a 2017 recipient of the Heroes and Hearts Award. Jia Min has led the SFMLP since 2011, helping ZSFG patients and their families overcome the legal obstacles …

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Love and Justice on Valentine’s Day

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While for some of us, Valentine’s Day conjures up thoughts of love and romance, for far too many people, February 14th can represent yet another day in an arduous struggle to escape an abusive relationship. Each year, Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) serves more than 15,000 individuals who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault, …

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We Love Our Donors

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We Love Our Donors
In 2016, BayLegal donors helped over 60,000 low-income Bay Area residents build safer, healthier, and more stable lives. Thank you for investing in a better Bay Area for all of us. Click here for a full list of donors who helped make justice real in 2016.

2016 White House Report Highlights Importance of Civil Legal Aid

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White House Legal Aid Inter-agency Roundtable
On July 25, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon signed the law creating the Legal Services Corporation. Since its inception, civil legal aid programs have provided free legal assistance to low-income and under-served individuals. The effect – throughout the United States – has been increased access to justice, and alleviation of poverty and inequality. Every day, we prove …

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City of Richmond Votes for Fair Housing

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Richmond, CA — The Richmond City Council passed last night voted to approve the “Fair Chance Access to Affordable Housing” ordinance. The new ordinance prohibits affordable housing providers from using “blanket bans” against individuals with criminal records. “We applaud the City of Richmond for giving our clients a fair chance.” – Ann Surapruik, Bay Area Legal Aid Attorney. Read the …

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Legal Solutions for Homeless in San Francisco

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SF Chronicle Beyond Homelessness
San Francisco, CA — The BayLegal Economic Justice team works creatively to stop the cycle of poverty for disabled homeless persons. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Beyond Homelessness series highlighted their effectiveness last week: “…when people with disabilities get outside support applying for [Supplemental Security Income], they’re far more likely to be enrolled. Acceptance rates soar as …

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Richmond leads Contra Costa County in Evictions

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Richmond Confidential CCC Evictions viz
Richmond Confidential is exposing the dire state of evictions in the City of Richmond. Citing the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department’s Civil Unit eviction schedule, at least 267 sheriff-enforced evictions occurred between January and October of 2016. Bay Area Legal Aid housing attorney, Oraneet Shikmah Orevi, explains that actual eviction numbers may be even higher: “A lot of landlords don’t …

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