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BayLegal Statement on SFPD’s Use of Sexual Assault Survivor DNA Evidence in Criminal Suspect Databases

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Last week Bay Area Legal Aid was shocked and appalled to learn from multiple media sources – with confirmation from San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin – that the San Francisco Police Department used DNA from a survivor’s sexual assault examination several years ago to allege her link to a recent property crime. It is …

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BayLegal Remembers Robert Planthold

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Bay Area Legal Aid joins with friends, colleagues, and allies in the access to justice, disability, and tenant rights communities in our shared grief for the loss of our dear friend and long-serving member of our Board of Directors, Robert “Bob” Planthold who passed away unexpectedly on January 27th. BayLegal’s Board Chair Rob Goodin spoke …

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An Opportunity to Transform Medi-Cal — and the Need for Legal Services in Whole Person Care

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An in-depth February 14th story by Kristin Hwang at CalMatters details the sweeping changes coming to Medi-Cal under the Cal-AIM (California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal) initiative launched this January. Cal-AIM seeks to implement a “whole person care” model to improve health outcomes for low-income Medi-Cal recipients in high-risk populations facing complex health problems compounded by …

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BayLegal Joins Lawsuit to Stop Exorbitant Late Fees Used to Fund Court Systems in San Mateo County

Categories: Advocacy, Announcements, Attorneys, Homepage, Litigation, News
Today, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, Bay Area Legal Aid, and Fenwick & West LLP filed a lawsuit challenging San Mateo County Superior Court’s unlawful practice of automatically imposing a $300 charge every time an individual misses a payment or court deadline in their traffic …

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New Resources for Equal Opportunity Hiring: Impact Fund’s Advocacy Guide for School Districts After the Killian Settlement

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Five people stand smiling in front of brick wall
In 2019, Bay Area Legal Aid, the Impact Fund, and the Safe Return Project reached a settlement in Killian v. West Contra Costa Unified School District. The settlement led to changes in the way the school district asked questions about applicants’ contacts with the criminal justice system, removing the use of background checks as a “gatekeeping” …

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Observing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Bay Area Legal Aid’s offices and phone lines are closed today in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. As a reminder of what Dr. King’s work continues to demand of all who struggle for justice, we share this message from BayLegal’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, Mynesha Whyte:   On the 3rd Monday …

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Relieving Traffic Debt, Removing Barriers to Housing and Stability

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Congratulations to BayLegal Senior Staff Attorney Andrea Crider and her client, who just secured $48,000 in traffic debt relief through BayLegal’s representation in Contra Costa County Homeless Court. Andrea reports that over the course of extensive advocacy in homeless court and traffic court, this is the largest amount of debt she has seen relieved for …

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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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