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Legal Help for Northern California Wildfire Victims

Categories: News
CalFire.ca.gov Northern California Wildfires Map
English Español Legal Services for Individuals and Families Impacted by Northern California Wildfires LEGAL ADVICE LINE: (800) 551-5554 Schedule: Mondays and Thursdays: 9:30 AM – 3 PM Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 9:30 AM – 1 PM Please call our Legal Advice Line for help with a legal problem arising from the wildfires, including: Housing (eviction defense and fair housing) Public Benefits Consumer …

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Our Impact: Strategic Litigation and Policy Advocacy

Categories: Litigation, News, Publication
Clearinghouse Community: Reforming Driver's License Suspension in California
Reforming Traffic Court Fines, Fees, and Driver’s License Suspensions in California Advocates around the country are grappling with injustices in traffic court systems: minor traffic offenses or nonviolent infractions often carry increasingly high fines and fees; people who cannot afford to pay are faced with even greater fines for nonpayment, loss of a driver’s license, …

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2016 Annual Report

Categories: News, Publication, Recognition
2016 Annual Report: Working together for justice
Working Together for Justice Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) ensures fairness in the civil justice system for the most vulnerable members of our community. Our 2016 Annual Report highlights some of the exciting changes to our work over the past year. 2016 Annual Report Download – 2016 Annual Report

What do you fight for?

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BayLegal invites you to join the fight! This past year, we have faced significant threats to our clients’ livelihoods, our communities, and our core values: Access to health care is under attack Immigrant and refugee families are living in fear More and more of our neighbors are being forced into homelessness   We won’t allow …

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Open Letter: DMV responsibilities under AB103

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Download this letter [pdf] Brian P. Kelly Secretary, California State Transportation Agency 915 Capitol Mall, Suite 350B Sacramento, CA, 95814 Brian.kelly@calsta.ca.gov Jean Shiomoto Director, Department of Motor Vehicles 2415 1st Ave., Mail Station F101 Sacramento, CA 95818-2606 Jean.shiomoto@dmv.ca.gov Re: DMV responsibilities under AB103, and Hernandez v. DMV Dear Secretary Kelly and Director Shiomoto, I write …

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CA court agrees to fair treatment of low-income drivers

Categories: Litigation, News
Landmark Lawsuit Settled, Paves Way for Fair Treatment of Low-Income California Drivers Solano County adopts model policies that lessen the burden of traffic fines and fees FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A settlement was reached today in the first lawsuit in California to challenge the suspension of driver’s licenses as a means of collecting unpaid traffic fines. The …

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Free Training: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings

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PLI Seminar: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings (2017) Faculty: Joanna Parnes, Staff Attorney and SSI Project Coordinator, Adam Poe, Staff Attorney and Reentry Project Coordinator, and our esteemed colleagues at Legal Aid at Work, Legal Services for Children, Inc., and Public Interest Law Project.   Location: PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 …

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Free Training: Reentry in California

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PLI Seminar: Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration (2017) Faculty: Meredith Desautels, BayLegal Youth Justice Attorney and Leading Edge Fellow, and other experts in the field. Date: Friday, August 11, 2017 at 9 am Location: PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 Learn more and register here: http://www.pli.edu/Content/Seminar/Reentry_in_California_Overcoming_Legal_Barriers/_/N-4kZ1z10lag?ID=299922  

Landmark Victory for Immigrant Survivors of Abuse

Categories: Litigation, News
CA appellate decision ensures rights of immigrants; helps immigrant domestic violence victims flee abuse Oakland, CA (July 29, 2017) — A new decision from California’s First District Court of Appeal makes it easier for immigrant survivors of domestic violence to obtain the financial support needed to leave abusive relationships and remain in the United States. …

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Measuring the Justice Gap

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The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans
Bay Area Legal Aid’s Legal Advice Line serves as the virtual emergency room for civil legal problems in our community. According to Haydée Alfonso, General Counsel and Managing Attorney, “Our team of attorneys at the Legal Advice Line expertly triage over 100 callers per day, providing critical legal services, resources, and referrals to individuals who would lack …

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Can there be justice without fairness?

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Equal justice under law is a fundamental American value, engraved on the Supreme Court building and taught in classrooms across the country. BayLegal attorneys and advocates exemplify this ideal every day–by lending a voice and fighting for our clients’ rights, regardless of their income, location, language, or disability. Subscribe to our newsletter to keep up …

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Meet Our Law Clerks and Interns

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James Cheney and Zainab Ramahi
Hello BayLegal followers! We here at BayLegal hope you are all having a great summer. We have been working nonstop to make sure that our clients have a stress free summer. Every summer, a number of law students and undergraduates volunteer with us and gain essential experience in the legal field. This program has been …

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