LAAC has several listservs and groups you can join to share resources and coordinate with California’s legal services community.

There are also some great listservs run by other organizations where our community is active.


LAAC listservs and groups

Directors of Litigation and Advocacy

The Directors of Litigation and Advocacy (DoLA) listserv is used for sharing substantive legal information, continuing discussions from the in-person meetings, and coordinating statewide responses to recent developments and legislative issues.

Contact Lorin at lkline@laaconline.org to join.

Support Centers

The Support Centers listserv facilitates coordination between support centers and fosters open interchange of ideas, sharing of concerns, and development of strategies to strengthen the delivery of legal aid in California.

Contact Lorin at lkline@laaconline.org to join.

Family Law

The Family Law listserv allows advocates throughout the state to share issues of common concern, advocacy points, and questions about cases and case strategy. To join this listserv, you must work at a LAAC member organization.

Contact Lorin at lkline@laaconline.org to join.

California Guardianship

This group is restricted to California legal services advocates at LAAC member organizations. The advocates must work on guardianship cases and are expected to share resources and participate in discussions on changes in guardianship laws.

Visit the California Guardianship Google Group page to join.

Future Judges

This listserv is for individuals interested in becoming a judge or joining the Judicial Nominees Evaluation (JNE) Commission.

Contact Lorin at lkline@laaconline.org to join.

California Language Access Group

This group is a way for legal aid advocates to share information about language access issues in California, including the development, monitoring, and implementation of the state’s Language Access Plan.

Visit the California Language Access Group page to join.

CA Legal Aid Communications Group

This group  is designed as a confidential list for communications directors (or those whose job responsibilities include communications). Members can share successes, progress, setbacks, and challenges they encounter in their day-to-day communications practices; seek referrals; and seek technical assistance.

Visit the CALACG Google group page to join.

CA Legal Aid Technology Group

This group is designed so that staff at California Legal Aid organizations can communicate with staff at other organizations who are responsible for technology upkeep or decision-making regarding best practices, referrals for developers or other experts, troubleshooting problems, collaboration on regional or statewide projects, emerging technologies and issues, and more.

Visit the CALATG Google group page to join.

Additional listservs 

Bay Area Development

This listserv is a project of OneJustice and is for Development Directors and Senior Development staff at Bay Area legal aid nonprofits.

Contact Christopher McConkey at cmcconkey@one-justice.org to join.

California Housing Advocates listserv 

The California housing advocates listserv is a list for general California housing discussions. It is run by Western Center on Law & Poverty.

Contact Madeline Howard at mhoward@wclp.org  to join.

California Senior Legal Services Advocates 

This discussion group is restricted to advocates (staff or regular volunteers) who work at legal services programs and support centers for seniors in California (OAA-, state- or IOLTA-related). It is hosted by Legal Services of Northern California to provide a place for free and frank discussion among ourselves about legal issues, collaboration, jobs, training, funding opportunities, etc.

Visit the California Senior Legal Services Advocates  page to join.

California Tenants in Foreclosure Listserv 

This listserv brings together California attorneys and advocates who represent tenants in foreclosure situations, including post-foreclosure evictions. This listserv is a forum for members to post questions and answers relating to representing tenants in foreclosure in California and to share new developments in the issue area. This listserv is administered by the National Housing Law Project.

Contact Lisa Sitkin at lsitkin@nhlp.org to join.

Housing Justice Network 

The National Housing Law Project’s HJN is an informal network of more than 700 experienced housing advocates and clients from throughout the country. It is your “ear to the ground” in identifying emerging issues and keeping abreast of proposed regulatory and legislative changes.

Visit http://www.nhlp.org/housingnetwork to join.

Human Resources Staff Listserv

This statewide listserv allows all IOLTA-funded programs to share knowledge and best practices. HR staff at IOLTA programs interact with peers about structuring HR departments, exploring issues unique to HR in the legal services community, and discussing topics such as employee benefits, training, career management, conflict resolution, useful technologies, hiring, and any other appropriate areas.

Contact Christopher McConkey at cmcconkey@one-justice.org to join.

Impact Litigation Listserv

The Impact Fund operates this listserv for issues related to impact litigation.

Contact Teddy Basham-Witherington at twitherington@impactfund.org to join.

LSNTAP Listservs 

The Legal Services National Technology Assistance Project operates a listserv for discussion of all things related to the use of technology in legal services.

Contact info@lsntap.org to join.

Management Information Exchange Listservs 

MIE operates listservs to create a forum for the exchange of ideas and information among fundraisers, managers and administrators who work with programs that deliver legal assistance or legal information to the low-income community (including LSC-funded, IOLTA-funded, pro bono, protection and advocacy, and elderly legal services programs).

Contact staff@m-i-e.org to join.

National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Advocates Listserv 

This listserv is operated by the National Consumer Law Center for discussion of issues related to consumer protection and advocacy.

Contact Lauren K. Saunders at lsaunders@nclcdc.org to join.

National Legal Aid & Defenders Association Listservs

The NLADA operates listservs on a variety of topics relevant to legal aid for its member organizations, including a list for litigation directors, race equity, and more.

Visit http://nladalistserv.org/ to join.

National LGBT Legal Aid Forum Listserv 

The National LGBT Legal Aid Forum is a listserv dedicated to improving legal services for low-income LGBT clients. This listserv is a forum for members to post questions and answers related to serving LGBT clients, and to share resources and updates on new developments in LGBT-related law. This listserv is administered by California Rural Legal Assistance and the National Center for Lesbian Rights with guidance and support from a committee of attorneys from New York Legal Assistance Group, Lambda Legal and Legal Services of Northern California.

Visit http://www.nclrights.org/forms/national-lgbt-legal-aid-forum/to join.

Public Benefits Listserv

This listserv, operated by the Benchmark Institute and is a confidential space to discuss any public benefits related issues. It is open to legal services attorneys and pro bono attorneys serving low-income clients.

Email marie@benchmarkinstitute.org to join.

United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division 

In order to keep interested parties informed of the Division’s work, the Division now offers e-mail updates on a variety of topics, including: Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons, Education, Employment, Fair Lending, Hate Crimes, Human Trafficking, International/Human Rights, LGBT Issues, Law Enforcement Misconduct, Limited English Proficiency, Post 9/11 Backlash, Religious Discrimination, Service Members, Title VI, Voting, Women’s Rights, Fair Housing Press Releases, Disability Rights, Fair Housing, Immigrant Rights and National Origin Discrimination.

Visit www.justice.gov/crt to join.