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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.

 
 

Congratulations to the 2014 Family Law Awards and
2013 Awards of Merit honorees!
 

During the recent Family Law and Self-Help Conference, LAAC joined the community in recognizing the recipients of the 2014 Family Law Awards and the 2013 Joint Award of Merit with the California Commission on Access to Justice. Congratulations to Arnold & Porter LLP, Melanie Snider, and Deborah Chase! Click here to read the brochure!

 
2014 Family Law Award Honoree Emily Hostage of
Arnold & Porter LLP, Sean LeSegue of Arnold & Porter LLP, and Stacey Hawver, Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County
2014 Family Law Award Honoree Melanie Snider along with her nominators Gloria Wyeth, Kimberly Flener, and Casse Waldman Forczek

 

 
Judge Mark Juhas, 2013 Joint Award of Merit Honoree
Deborah Chase, and Justice Kathleen O'Leary

 
State Bar considering licensing "legal technicians," requiring practical skills and pro bono for new attorneys, and MCLE changes
 
For more information, check out our State Bar invitation to comment area. We have updated public materials linked on our site.
 


LAAC’s three core program areas are:

  1. Advocacy, which focuses on increasing funding to support legal services;

  2. Training and Coordination within the California IOLTA Community, consisting of in-person conferences, online trainings, statewide meetings, and online resource sharing; and

  3. Member Services, including discounts on trainings, software, and interpretation services.

 
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Please see www.CALegalAdvocates.org for resources and trainings if you are a volunteer attorney, legal services advocate, law student or faculty advising low income and disadvantaged clients.