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BayLegal Stands United Against Hate

Categories: Homepage, News
BayLegal Stands United Against Hate
United. Peaceful. Powerful. This was the atmosphere on Monday evening from the vantage point of our Oakland headquarters, located in the same building as Make Westing, where community members gathered to stand up against hatred and to demand justice for Nia Wilson, a young woman of color who was viciously murdered this past Sunday. BayLegal stands …

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Executive Director’s Blog: Looking Forward – Part II

Categories: Announcements, News
Genevieve Richardson Executive Director
Readers of our May newsletter will know that BayLegal is currently recruiting for several open and new senior management positions. I am proud to share exciting news about this effort and welcome our three newest Managing Attorneys: Kristi Lesnewich serves as our Napa County Regional Office Managing Attorney: great news for a county whose low-income and …

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June 10th Derby Brunch Wins Big for Bay Area Legal Aid!

Categories: Fundraising, News, Recognition
BayLegal was the beneficiary of a special fundraiser on June 10th, held at the Rubino Estates Winery in Pleasanton. This Derby-themed brunch party, presented to us as a generous gift by Valerie Fenchel of Fenchel Family Law, and her parents Rick and Karen Fenchel, raised more than $10,000 to support BayLegal’s domestic violence prevention services. …

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Lawsuit Charges San Francisco with Unlawfully Incarcerating Black 15-Year-Old

Categories: Homepage, Litigation, News
June 20, 2018 – For Immediate Release Media Contact: media@baylegal.org Juvenile Probation Department held minor in custody for days after court ordered his release SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Yesterday, Bay Area Legal Aid filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco, the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, Chief Allen Nance, …

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BayLegal Launches Alameda County Tenant’s Rights Line

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Tenant's Rights
Oakland, CA – BayLegal’s housing preservation work opens an exciting new chapter this spring with the launch of our Alameda County Tenant’s Rights Line. Our regional housing preservation practice area helps more than 12,000 people each year stay in their homes and fight housing discrimination, illegal evictions, and foreclosures. Now this work gains a powerful new tool to …

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Executive Director’s Blog: Looking Forward

Categories: Announcements, News
Genevieve Richardson Executive Director
Looking Forward Racial Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion No challenge, no opportunity for growth and improvement, is more important to BayLegal today than aligning the core mission of our field—to break cycles of poverty and ensure that poverty is never a barrier to civil justice—with the ongoing struggle for racial justice and for equity and …

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Our Impact: Working Together for Youth Justice

Categories: News, Publication
Clearinghouse Community: Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement
Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court Involvement Youth who have been involved in the juvenile court system face numerous barriers to getting a job, obtaining safe housing, and furthering their education. This month’s Clearinghouse highlights BayLegal’s Youth Justice Project as a model of successful partnerships between civil legal aid attorneys and public defenders. The Youth Justice Project, which started …

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Introducing Our New Executive Director

Categories: Announcements, News
Genevieve Richardson
Genevieve Richardson named as BayLegal’s Executive Director Managing Attorney who oversaw firm’s work in Contra Costa, Marin, and Napa counties elected by Board of Directors to top post. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oakland, CA – Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) has appointed its first female Executive Director, Genevieve Richardson. The appointment was made official on International …

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2017 in Review: BayLegal’s Litigation Docket

Categories: Litigation, News
2017 Litigation Docket
Each year, BayLegal’s dedicated team of attorneys and advocates work with tens of thousands of our Bay Area neighbors to build healthier, safer, and more stable lives. Our advocates fight back when we learn about policies that are pushing families to the edge of homelessness, practices that prevent domestic violence survivors from achieving safety, and …

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The Venable Foundation, Inc. Awards $150,000 Impact Grant

Categories: News, Recognition
The Venable Foundation, Inc., the philanthropic arm of the law firm Venable LLP, has announced this week an impact grant of $150,000 to benefit Bay Area Legal Aid in support of relief efforts in the aftermath of last month’s devastating wildfires. “There is great need in our local communities, particularly by the poor and the …

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Appeal Filed in San Jose Affordable Housing Lawsuit

Categories: Litigation, News
Appeal filed San Jose Affordable Housing lawsuit
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE San José – Two San José residents and two non-profit housing advocacy organizations appealed a state court ruling dismissing their claim that the city must follow the state’s Surplus Land Act (SLA), including in the development of the city’s downtown area. Last year San José adopted a local policy in conflict with …

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