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Free PLI Training: Helping Students Harmed By Predatory Schools

Categories: News
Practicing Law Institute
Did you know that student loan debt exceeds $1.2 trillion nationally? A significant number of students, disproportionately from low-income communities and communities of color, attended for-profit colleges such as the now-closed Corinthian, Marinello, and ITT Tech schools. They promised a path to a better future but instead delivered only crippling debt. Learn about the rewarding …

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Profile on UC Hastings Alumn Clair Johnson Raba

Categories: Attorneys, News
BayLegal Attorneys and UC Hastings College of Law Instructors, Claire Johnson Raba and Juliana Fredman, are fighting unjust drivers license suspensions while also teaching law students how consumer protection attorneys help low-income people when a single traffic ticket turns into a living nightmare. Read Full Article

Stop Unfair Driver’s License Suspensions

Categories: News
Bay Area Legal Aid and our coalition partners continue to fight the system of fines, fees, and suspended licenses that push poor Californians deeper into poverty. Read more about the unfair system of fees and fines here. Learn more about BayLegal’s work here.

Remembering Stonewall

Categories: News
As we continue to grieve the tragedy of Orlando and the ongoing physical and emotional violence against the LGBT community, we also soldier on to fight for equality. Today, on the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, let us take a moment to remember the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and honor the Stonewall National …

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BayLegal Teaches at UC Hastings College of Law

Categories: Announcements, Attorneys, News
This semester Bay Area Legal Aid attorneys — Juliana Fredman, Kari Rudd, and Claire Johnson Raba — are teaching the next generation of consumer law attorneys at UC Hastings College of Law. Cheers to these three consumer law experts!

Taking Money From Food Stamp Recipients

Categories: Litigation, News
Food stamp recipients, already on the poverty line, are being pushed further into desperation by California’s aggressive debt collection practices. Today, Bay Area Legal Aid filed suit to force the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) to follow the law and stop demanding cash for old debts. “The regulations only allow the state to go …

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Free Training on How to Change a Person’s Life

Categories: Attorneys, News
Practicing Law Institute
Are you a pro bono attorney looking to make a dramatic difference in the course of someone’s life? Come learn about Reentry in California from experienced faculty, including BayLegal Attorney, Adam Poe. Learn how barriers to employment, housing, and self-sufficiency prevent formerly incarcerated individuals from breaking free from the cycle of poverty and violence. Change …

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Community Brings Lawsuit to Force San Jose to Comply with State Affordable Housing Law

Categories: Litigation, News
“The City is draining the cultural richness out of San José,” said Cristina Peña Vazquez, staff attorney with Bay Area Legal Aid. “By handing over one of its most powerful affordable housing tools at a time when we are facing a statewide housing crisis, San José is reducing the supply of affordable housing. The effect …

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Bay Area Legal Aid and Coalition Partners File Lawsuit Challenging Harmful Driver’s License Suspension Policies

Categories: Litigation, News

June 15, 2016—Bay Area Legal Aid and our coalition partners filed a lawsuit this morning against Solano County Superior Court challenging the court’s practice of suspending the driver’s licenses of people who are too poor to pay exorbitant traffic fines. In California, millions of people do not have valid driver’s licenses because they cannot afford …

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Court Puts an End to Medi-Cal Limbo

Categories: Litigation, News

Court Puts an End to Medi-Cal Limbo Orders State to Issue Timely Healthcare Benefits Low-income applicants—including children, pregnant women, and people with life-threatening illnesses—will no longer have to wait for months while their health deteriorates. OAKLAND, CA – If the state is unable to determine whether an applicant is eligible for Medi-Cal within 45 days, …

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