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Open Letter: DMV responsibilities under AB103

Categories: News

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

Categories: News, Publication
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?

Categories: News
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

Categories: News
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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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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