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Pro Bono Opportunity – Consumer Rights

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Pro Bono Opportunity *MCLE Credit Available* Join Bay Area Legal Aid, Community Action Marin, Legal Aid of Marin, SparkPoint Marin, and the Marin Pro Bono Network at the offices of Keegin Harrison LLP on June 12th, for a pro bono training focused on consumer rights, then help make our consumer legal clinic in San Rafael …

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Learn About Tenants’ Rights

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Learn About Tenant Rights Friday, April 26, 2019 10 am-12 pm Berkeley Public Library – Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Meeting Room 1901 Russell St. (at MLK) Berkeley, CA 94703 An attorney from Bay Area Legal Aid will present legal information on the following topics: Rights and responsibilities of tenants Eviction procedures and rights Housing …

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Free Clinic to Seal Juvenile Records

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Bay Area Legal Aid is offering a free legal clinic to seal juvenile records for eligible individuals on April 11, 2019, from 4:00pm-6:00pm at Opportunity Junction in Antioch. When you seal your juvenile records relating to an arrest or court case, the court deems the arrest or court case “never to have occurred.” This means …

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LSC Issues Press Release in Response to Proposed Funding Elimination

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For the third year in a row, the White House has recommended that funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) be eliminated in its FY 2020 budget proposal to Congress.  Confident in strong bipartisan congressional support, LSC has issued the attached Press Release.  LSC has also released its FY 2020 congressional budget request seeking $593 million.  …

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“Towed Into Debt”: Major New Report Shows How Towing Practices in CA Unfairly Harm Low-Income Drivers

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Today Bay Area Legal Aid announces the publication of “Towed Into Debt.” This major new report looks at the economic, legal, and policy aspects of municipal tow and impound practices across multiple cities in California, where approximately 1 million vehicles are towed by public agencies each year, and finds compelling evidence that: Towing is often …

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Congratulations to Brian Blalock

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Brian Blalock, one of the founding visionaries of Bay Area Legal Aid’s Youth Justice Project, and most recently law and policy director at Tipping Point Community in San Francisco, is the new Cabinet Secretary of New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department. This article in the Santa Fe New Mexican gives a glimpse of Brian’s …

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Fraud Alert: DHS Phone Numbers Used in Extortion Scam to Obtain Personal Information

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Our Regional Immigration Counsel provides the following news of recent scam attempts that pose a potential threat to our clients’ consumer protection: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a fraud alert to warn the public of reports that DHS telephone numbers have been used recently as part …

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BayLegal mourns the loss of Jeff Adachi, a leader for equal justice

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We have lost a powerful partner and voice in the fight for social justice.  Jeff Adachi was a courageous trailblazer, speaking out and fighting for all.  His commitment to equal justice for low-income San Franciscans in the criminal justice system was evident throughout his nine terms as the City’s Public Defender.    Mr. Adachi and …

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BayLegal is a finalist for the 2019 BRIDGE Awards!

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Bay Area Legal Aid is proud to have been named a finalist for the 2019 BRIDGE Awards. The award is presented annually in recognition of organizations committed to “offer equal employment opportunities and economic stability to the people of this region, regardless of their background. Bay Area leaders have the opportunity to share their knowledge and …

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BayLegal advocacy prevents 100% rent increase for San Francisco’s most vulnerable tenants

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Today Bay Area Legal Aid is celebrating a coordinated and successful group effort by our San Francisco Housing team to stop San Francisco Housing Authority from doubling the minimum rent for the most vulnerable Section 8 holders in the city. SFHA currently faces a nearly $30 million dollar shortfall in their Housing Choice Voucher program. …

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