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The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for the almost 100 nonprofits funded through IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) grants by the State Bar of California. Capitalizing on its structure as a membership organization, LAAC naturally takes on the role of advocating on behalf of this group of nonprofits. LAAC facilitates communication and coordination between programs, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and assesses and improves the effectiveness of the delivery of legal aid in California, including working strategically to support rural and small programs and meet the needs of under-served populations.
State Bar seeks public comment on licensing "legal technicians," on practical skills and pro bono requirements, and on MCLE regulations
The Limited License Working Group of the State Bar Board of Trustees seeks public comment on the proposal to allow limited licensing of "legal technicians." The next meetings are May 22 in Los Angeles and June 17 in San Francisco.
The Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform is considering a requirement of additional practical skills and pro bono hours in connection with admission to the State Bar. The next meeting and opportunity to comment is June 11 in San Francisco.
The Member Oversight Committee is considering modifying MCLE requirements. The meetings have passed, and a proposal is in the works.
For more information, check out our invitation to comment area.
LAAC Appoints Deborah Moss-West to the Access Commission
The LAAC Board is happy to announce that it has appointed Deborah Moss-West to the California Commission on Access to Justice.
Ms. Moss-West is currently the Assistant Director of the Center for Social Justice and Public Service at Santa Clara Law. Prior to her current position, she spent eight years at the East Bay Community Law Center, a LAAC member program. Said Ms. Moss-West, "I am honored to accept this appointment. Thank you for the opportunity to serve with others committed to improving access to justice."
Register now for the May 2013 Regional Meetings for Senior Legal Services Providers and Advocates!
Registration is now open for the regional meetings for senior legal services providers and advocates! The meetings are free of charge, and provide advocates an opportunity to gather in person for training, networking, and working together to improve coordination in the senior legal services community.
Some travel assistance may be available to those who apply. Click here to register and learn more!
LAAC Represented by Catherine Blakemore and Tulin Acikalin at February 12 Hearing on the Access to Justice crisis
LAAC Directing Attorney Salena Copeland attended the February 12, 2013 hearing and has a summary for our members here.
LAAC Honors Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) with First Ever HERO OF JUSTICE Award!
Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) received the inaugural Hero of Justice Award for his work as a legislator expanding access to justice in California. LAAC honored Wieckowski during a ceremony February 1 at the Fremont Family Resource Center. Representatives from legal services programs across California and from the State Bar of California attended the event, joining constituents from Wieckowski’s district. Please see our press release for more information!
Right: LAAC honors Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (center) with the Hero of Justice Award February 1 in Fremont. LAAC Board members joined him for the ceremony.
Are you a law student interested in public interest work?
The deadline for the 2013 Dan Bradley Fellowship application has passed. Each summer, LAAC awards fellowships to law students working at rural organizations or on rural issues. Participating organizations must be LAAC member organizations.The deadline to apply was to Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Announcements will be made in late April.
Photo of Dan Bradley courtesy of the National LGBT Bar Association
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