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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: 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

Categories: News
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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Legal Help for Northern California Wildfire Victims

Categories: News 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