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Executive Director’s Blog – Looking Forward – Part IV

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Genevieve Richardson Executive Director
Looking Forward A Fair Bargain: A Partnership with the Private Bar to Protect Low-Income California Consumers Bay Area Legal Aid is excited to announce that in recognition of our Consumer Team’s tremendous work and the power of pro bono partnerships, we have been awarded a grant from the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) Pro Bono Innovation …

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Faces of BayLegal: Mary Lara

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What better way to start our series of staff profiles than with the woman who has been the face of BayLegal for thousands of clients? Mary Lara’s career supporting legal services began in 1976, and has included 20 years as our Alameda County Office Manager. “I like being around people,” she says of the client …

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BayLegal Reaches Out to Immigrant Victims of Crime

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Mélody Saint-Saëns, Bay Area Legal Aid’s Regional Immigration Coordinator, appeared on Univision 14 on August 29th. In this interview (conducted in Spanish), she addresses some of the common immigration remedies available to undocumented immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, and encourages survivors to come forward. Providing support to immigrant survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, …

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Steve Ronfeldt to be honored with Loren Miller award

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We are proud to announce that Steve Ronfeldt, lifelong champion of legal services and a distinguished litigator on cases that have improved the quality of life for millions of low-income individuals across the country, will be named this year’s recipient of the Loren Miller Legal Services Award by the California Lawyers Association. Steve’s career in …

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In Memoriam: Anthony (Tony) White

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Tony White
Anthony G. (Tony) White August 3, 1949 – June 30, 2018 Tony White was a leader in the social justice movement in the Bay Area, California, and throughout the country. He was one of the first legal aid attorneys to see the power of technology and seek ways to harness it to better serve our …

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BayLegal Stands United Against Hate

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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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