Statewide membership organization for the almost 100 nonprofits funded through IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) grants by the State Bar of California.
Organization Website

Twitter: @LAAConline
Primary geographic focus: California Statewide
Organization Type: Other
Acronym or short name: LAAC

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.

Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)


Press Release

California Governor signs budget including increase to legal aid funding

Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
June 27, 2017

LAAC Member Story

At Centro Legal de la Raza, the Fight for Immigrant Rights Takes Center Stage

Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
December 21, 2015
Through the Immigration Project at Centro Legal de la Raza, Centro Legal affirms its proud tradition of standing up for the rights of immigrants.

LAAC Member Story

Following Crisis, Civil Legal Aid Plays Critical Role in Disaster Relief

Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
November 30, 2015
Civil legal aid providers play critical role in disaster relief efforts following Butte and Valley Fires.

LAAC Member Story

New Workshop Partners CCSLS with Senior Housing In-House Support Staff

Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC)
October 30, 2015
CCSLS empowers seniors to define their medical and financial wishes with novel workshop program.


LAAC Member Story

Congratulations to our Executive Director, Salena Copeland!

October 10, 2016
LAAC Executive Director, Salena Copeland, is awarded Stanford's 2016 Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award.


A Statement from LAAC’s Executive Director, Salena Copeland

November 17, 2016
A statement from Salena Copeland, LAAC's Executive Director.

Press Release

A message from LAAC’s new Board Chair

February 15, 2017
A message from LAAC’s new Board Chair

News Story

Legal aid funding at risk of federal budget cuts

California Bar Journal
March 2, 2017
LAAC Executive Director Salena Copeland, along with multiple LAAC members, were featured in the California Bar Journal this month to discuss funding for legal aid and express their concerns over proposed cuts to legal aid at the federal level.

Op-Ed , Opinion

Opinion: Why California should boost legal aid funding

Salena Copeland
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2017
We join with legal service organizations throughout California in calling on the state to provide $30 million to reach the national average in civil legal aid funding. President Trump’s budget threatens to eliminate all federal aid provided through the Legal Services Corporation. That leaves the state’s Equal Access Fund to help bridge this growing gap. Established in 1999, the fund receives just $10 million a year, a number that has only been boosted once ­– a $5 million increase that many of us fought hard for in this year’s state budget.

News Story

Legal aid groups prepare for loss of federal funds

Dominic Fracassa
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2017
Legal aid organizations across California are bracing for what could be a devastating financial blow following the release of the Trump administration’s draft budget last week.

News Story

ABA Partners to Provide Legal Hotline for California Fire Victims

Debra Cassens Weiss
ABA Journal
October 18, 2017
Legal Aid Association of California partnered with the ABA's Young Lawyers Division, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative are helping those who are affected by the California fires by providing a hotline.

Blog Post

Welcome to the LAAC blog!

Kaden Evans-Shaw
July 3, 2018
The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to see a career in legal aid as viable, interesting, and worthwhile.

News Story

Would-Be Lawyers May Have to Give It Away

Cheryl Miller
The Recorder
March 4, 2016
New York, with only about a quarter of the population of California, allocated $85 million for legal aid programs whereas California provides just $10 million,

News Story

Senate-approved plan would promote legal services for low-income Californians

Allyson Escobar
The Asian Journal
September 15, 2015
SB 134, which would support a loan-assistance program for attorneys committed to serving the public interest, awaits governor's signature.

News Story

Should lawyers be held accountable when clients sue just to punish whistleblowers?

Chris Morran
April 2, 2015
LAAC lends its support to an appeal of a decision that may threaten the ability of LAAC’s members to serve their clients effectively.


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