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Love and Justice on Valentine’s Day

Categories: News
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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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

Categories: News, Publication
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

Categories: News
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

Categories: News, Publication
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

Categories: News, Publication
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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BayLegal Honored as Lesher Foundation Non-Profit Partner

Categories: Fundraising, News, Publication
Lesher Foundation honors BayLegal
November 16, 2016 – Bay Area Legal Aid was honored this evening to be recognized as a Non-Profit Partner of the Lesher Foundation’s NEWSMAKERS: Lesher Speaker Series. Headlining the event was former Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder. The lecture was preceded by this video highlighting BayLegal’s work, with production donated by KTVU Fox 2.

BayLegal Launches New Website

Categories: Announcements, News
Welcome to the new BayLegal.org! For over 50 years Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal), and our pre-merger organizations, has been delivering high quality civil legal aid regardless of a client’s location, language, or disability. From Napa Valley to Silicon Valley, BayLegal fights for housing preservation, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention, economic security, consumer protection, …

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Making a Difference: Eastside College Prep Student Interns

Categories: Fundraising, Get Involved, News
Since 2012, Bay Area Legal Aid has provided internships to 13 Eastside College Prep students who make a difference not only in the office, but out in the world. Eastside College Prep grounds their students with a strong support system while connecting them to internships that make a difference. The career and alumni team ensure every student has …

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Low-Income Drivers Sue California DMV for Illegally Suspending Licenses

Categories: Litigation, News
UPDATE: Low-Income California Drivers Win Right to Have Their Day in Court October 25, 2016 – A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) this morning for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. The suit was brought on behalf of drivers who have had their driver’s …

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North Richmond Clean Slate Day

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What happens when a community gets together to help their neighbors move forward with their lives? Bay Area Legal Aid attorney Ann Surapruik explains how expungement makes a difference. Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys and advocates were on hand as over 300 attended the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender’s first “Clean Slate Day” …

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Free PLI Training: Helping Students Harmed By Predatory Schools

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Practicing Law Institute
Did you know that student loan debt exceeds $1.2 trillion nationally? A significant number of students, disproportionately from low-income communities and communities of color, attended for-profit colleges such as the now-closed Corinthian, Marinello, and ITT Tech schools. They promised a path to a better future but instead delivered only crippling debt. Learn about the rewarding …

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