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BayLegal Statement on the Verdict in the Rittenhouse Trial

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Today’s verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse repeats a far too familiar pattern in which paramilitary violence directed against Black people struggling for liberation and their allies operates with state sanction. At Bay Area Legal Aid, we stand in the firm conviction that regardless of the outcome of this case, non-state racial terror cannot …

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Napa County Women Lawyers (NCWL) launches 2021 fundraiser for Bay Area Legal Aid

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BayLegal’s gratitude goes out to Napa County Women Lawyers (NCWL), who today launched an online fundraising page in support of Bay Area Legal Aid. For many years NCWL and its members have provided community partnership, volunteer support, advocacy, and fundraising support for legal services in Napa County, first in partnership with Legal Aid of Napa …

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Guide for tenants being sued for pandemic rent debt

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An article by Noah Arroyo published yesterday in the San Francisco Public Press provides a useful overview of critical first steps and frequently asked questions for tenants facing lawsuits in small claims court for unpaid rent during the pandemic. Starting November 1st, landlords seeking to recover unpaid rent will be permitted to sue tenants in …

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Join BayLegal at Clean Slate Day in Richmond: Saturday, November 6th, 2021 from 10am – 3pm

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BayLegal attorneys will be participating in Clean Slate Day on November 6th, 2021 from 10am – 3pm. This event organized by the Contra Costa Public Defender’s Office and hosted by the Reentry Success Center is designed to help individuals with juvenile or adult criminal records (including misdemeanor and felony convictions) in Contra Costa County. There …

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Congratulations to BayLegal DEI Manager Mynesha Whyte!

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BayLegal is happy to share the exciting news that DEI Manager Mynesha Whyte has received the “Leader of Tomorrow” award from the American Dance Therapy Association (ADTA). This very special honor recognizes Mynesha’s depth of commitment and intention within a dance therapy approach characterized by trauma-informed practices and used as a healing resource for anti-racist …

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BayLegal publishes our 2019 & 2020 annual report

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Dear Partners in Justice, Bay Area Legal Aid is proud to present our 2019 & 2020 Biennial Report. It would require a much longer publication to adequately detail the contributions over those two years of all our practice units, multidisciplinary projects, litigation and advocacy initiatives, and partnerships with other legal services firms and community organizations. …

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

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On the second Monday of October, BayLegal stands with the growing number of cities, municipalities, states, and organizations that have begun to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day instead of Columbus Day.  On this day we celebrate the resiliency, spirit, and presence of Indigenous People across the lands as opposed to celebrating an agent of colonization and genocide, …

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SFMTA Changes Debt Towing Policies in Response to Lawsuit, Promising New Protections for Vehicularly Housed San Franciscans (re-posted from LCCRSF)

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SFMTA Changes Debt Towing Policies in Response to Lawsuit, Promising New Protections for Vehicularly Housed San Franciscans Posted: October 6, 2021 by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area Shared by BayLegal: October 7, 2021 Media updates: Bay Area CBS affiliate KPIX covered the story October 6, 2021. LCCRSF’s Zal Shroff will …

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Juvenile Court Guardianships in Delinquency Court: A Quick Guide

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This guide, prepared by BayLegal’s Youth Justice team, covers the process of court-appointed guardianships for youth in delinquency court. Topics include how and under whose authority the process can be started, which forms are required and who needs to complete or assist with them, benefits and supports available for youth and guardians, and resources for …

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Know Your Rights! Youth Interactions with Law Enforcement

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BayLegal’s Youth Justice practice has produced a helpful guide to youth interactions with police, ICE, and other law enforcement. It is important that young people know their rights and how to assert and protect them in encounters with law enforcement—especially for black or brown youth, who are more often mistreated by police. The guide includes …

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Crucial information from Tenants Together on evictions after 9/30/2021

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Our colleagues at Tenants Together have put together a Know Your Rights guide for tenants who may be facing eviction following the expiration of the statewide moratorium on September 30th. The flyer includes must-know information, first steps for tenants whose landlord threatens eviction or begins the process, and guides for asserting your rights and accessing …

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