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Mother Jones Article Describes Uptick in Unlawful Evictions

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With local and statewide protections in place against evictions for those who cannot pay rent due to COVID-related hardships, landlords in the Bay Area have been finding loopholes to evict tenants. A recent Mother Jones article describes the increase in landlord harassment, lockouts, utilities shutoffs, and other methods of trying to get around eviction protections. …

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Settlement Increases Access to Health Care for Hundreds of Thousands of Californians

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A recent settlement of a lawsuit brought by four individuals and a non-profit organization against the Department of Health Care Services will dramatically cut the time people wait to be approved for Medi-Cal health insurance coverage. Under the settlement in the case Rivera et al. v. Lightbourne et al., Alameda County Superior Ct. No. RG14740911, …

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BayLegal Announces 2022 Fellowship Opportunities

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BayLegal is excited to invite rising third year law students and recent law school graduates to propose innovative fellowship projects for submission to Equal Justice Works, Skadden, and similar programs to begin in the Fall of 2022. BayLegal is interested in supporting fellowships that focus on protecting the rights of people experiencing homelessness as well …

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Update on BayLegal’s Summer Law Clerk Program

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BayLegal is excited to welcome our law clerks this summer. We are grateful for the high level of interest in our summer law clerk program this year and have been impressed by the commitment to public interest work and social justice advocacy from all of our applicants. Although applications for this summer are closed, we …

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BayLegal’s Stimulus Payment/Tax Facilitation Clinics

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Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, BayLegal’s Economic Impact Payment (EIP) team has worked to connect low- and very low-income Bay Area residents with economic impact payments (“stimulus payments”) as a critical part of our broader work to ensure access to income supports and public benefits programs. As with other public benefits, the individuals and communities in …

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Jia Min Cheng Discusses BayLegal’s Medical-Legal Partnership on Heath Strategies Radio

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Former BayLegal senior staff attorney Jia Min Cheng was interviewed about BayLegal’s Medical-Legal Partnership with the Community Health Center Network on the Health Strategies Radio podcast, a podcast hosted by the California Healthcare Foundation. She discussed how the these types of partnerships integrate lawyers into healthcare settings to address the structural issues that impact patients. …

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BayLegal Attorney Asma Husain Successfully Advocates for Client’s Housing Accommodations

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In addition to the work that BayLegal’s fair housing practice has done throughout the pandemic on eviction and eviction prevention, our practice also works on issues related to disability discrimination and accommodation, racial discrimination, and other forms of discrimination. These issues remain a pressing concern and seem to have accelerated during the pandemic as pressures …

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BayLegal Statement on Police Violence and Racial Injustice

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At Bay Area Legal Aid, our hearts are with the family of Daunte Wright and the people of Brooklyn Center who have lost a sibling, a child, and a neighbor at the hands of state violence. We are also holding in our hearts the families and communities throughout the country who have already been re-traumatized …

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LCCR-SF and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP Obtain a Class Preliminary Injunction Against Bad Boy Bail Bonds That Prevents Collection of Bail Bond Premium Payments

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Building off of the work of BayLegal’s senior consumer protection attorney Juliana Fredman, LCCR-SF and Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP obtained a class preliminary injunction against Bad Boy Bail Bonds to prevent it from collecting bail bond premium payments. The injunction provides relief to Californians who cosigned bail bonds only to find out that …

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San Francisco Superior Court Adopts Default Remote Proceedings for Pre-trial Unlawful Detainer Proceedings

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On March 9, the San Francisco Superior Court issued an order creating a strong presumption that pre-trial hearings in unlawful detainer actions will all be held remotely, including via video or telephone, and providing for in-person appearances only where judges determine they can be done safely. Bay Area Legal Aid and co-counsel had previously sent …

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Mélody Saint-Saëns Featured on CABE Whittier Podcast

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Mélody Saint-Saëns, BayLegal’s Immigration Regional Counsel, was featured on the CABE (California Associate for Bilingual Education) Whittier podcast on March 19. Melody was part of a group of attorneys who spoke on the topic of the Socio-Legal Framework for Violence Against Women in Spain, Peru, and the USA. Melody spoke about federal and state laws …

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