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Regional Immigration Team Educates Families about Accessing Safety Net Programs

Categories: Attorneys, News
BayLegal Attorney and Regional Immigration Coordinator Mélody Saint-Saëns spoke with Univision 14 about social services and benefits that are available to eligible immigrants and their families: “Las leyes acerca de estos servicios y programas gubernamentales no han cambiado… Los padres pueden solicitar y continuar de recibir estos servicios de estos programas a nombre de sus …

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One Legal Partners with BayLegal to Address Legal Aid Funding Gap

Categories: News
One Legal, a North Bay based legal technology company, has today announced an extended partnership with BayLegal. In addition to providing no-cost access to its legal services and products to BayLegal, One Legal will invite law firm customers to enroll in the Giving Back program. Through the program, One Legal will donate 5 percent of the net …

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Low-Income California Drivers Win Right to Have Their Day in Court

Categories: Litigation, News
A coalition of legal aid and civil rights organizations sued the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for illegally suspending the driver’s licenses of low-income Californians. After months of litigation, the court rejected the defendant’s attempt to dismiss the case. The court ruled that plaintiffs can continue challenging the DMV’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses …

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Introducing the Justice Heroes

Categories: Fundraising, News
At Bay Area Legal Aid, Justice Heroes are all around us. They’re our clients, like Noor, who stand up for their rights and protect their health, their homes, and their families. They’re our attorneys, like Lisa, who are on the front lines helping people in crisis regain self-sufficiency. And they’re people just like you who …

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Donor Spotlight: Oakland-based photographer Pam Torno

Categories: Fundraising, News
From Oakland, With Love Throughout the month of May, Oakland-based photographer Pam Torno is the “Artist of the Month” at Rosenblum Cellars, and she’s generously donating all of the proceeds from her art sales to BayLegal. “I support Bay Area Legal Aid because I believe in equal access to the justice system, regardless of income level, …

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Free Training: Public Interest Boot Camp

Categories: News
Free training for legal aid law clerks! Make your summer a success by learning from experienced poverty lawyers, including BayLegal Managing Attorney, Protima Pandey. The Public Interest Boot Camp is a free program designed to prepare law students holding summer internships with public interest law organizations, government agencies, and other legal nonprofits to gain experience and …

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Fair Housing Equals Opportunity

Categories: News
This April marks 49 years since the Fair Housing Act was signed into law, protecting renters and buyers from landlord and seller discrimination. Today, Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) is the leading regional legal aid provider to individuals and families facing housing discrimination. Our attorneys and our clients continue to rely on this critical piece of …

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San Jose Approves New Tenant Protections

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April 19, 2016 — Sara*, a BayLegal client and domestic violence survivor, had been a model tenant for several years, when her landlord’s adult son began stalking her. He would follow her relentlessly and drop by her apartment late at night. When Sara refused these unwanted advances, she received a “no cause” eviction notice from …

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BayLegal Celebrates with SF LGBT Center on 15th Anniversary

Categories: News
April 9, 2017 – As a longstanding community partner, and now a proud new tenant, Bay Area Legal Aid celebrates with the SF LGBT Center on their 15th Anniversary Open House and completion of renovations! Last Sunday, the SF LGBT Center rededicated their renovated home with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house celebration. BayLegal’s San Francisco …

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Free Training: Working with Immigrants

Categories: News
PLI Seminar: Working with Immigrants: The Intersection of Basic Immigration, Housing, and Domestic Violence Issues in California 2017 Faculty: Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys Brenda Star Adams and Lauren DeMartini and other experts in the field. Date: Monday, May 1, 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/Working_with_Immigrants_The_Intersection/_/N-4kZ1z10om6?Ns=sort_date%7c0&ID=289923 …

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Free Training: Advocacy for At-Risk Youth with Disabilities

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PLI Seminar: Advocacy for Low-Income Children with Disabilities in California 2017 Faculty: Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys Dafna Gozani and Sabrina Forte, as well as our esteemed colleagues at the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Disability Rights California, National Health Law Program, and Tipping Point Community. Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017 at 9 am Location: PLI California Center, 685 Market Street, San Francisco, …

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Cesar Chavez Day: Defending Our Youth; Protecting Our Health

Categories: News
Day in and day out, the Bay Area’s most vulnerable residents—foster children, veterans, immigrants with limited English proficiency, LGBTQ individuals, and victims of domestic violence—rely on Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) in times of crisis. While legal aid funding hangs in the balance, our clients’ struggles against the conditions of poverty persist. Today and every …

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