BayLegal serves the low- and very low-income members of the seven-county San Francisco Bay area, from San Francisco to Livermore, Gilroy to Napa.
Organization Website

Twitter: @BayLegalJustice
Facebook: Facebook
Primary geographic focus: Bay Area, Northern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: LSC Grantees, IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Children, Consumer Protection, Domestic Violence, Health Care, Housing: Homelessness, Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Poverty
Acronym or short name: BayLegal

BayLegal is committed to providing meaningful access to the civil justice system through quality legal assistance regardless of a client’s location, language, or disability. In the Bay Area, more than 1.2 million people live in poverty. More than half of these families have a full-time worker in the home. The cost of living in the Bay Area and low-wage jobs take their toll on our communities and neighbors. BayLegal serves the low- and very low-income members of the seven-county San Francisco Bay area, from San Francisco to Livermore, Gilroy to Napa. They include the working poor, seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities. Each year BayLegal’s services benefit 70,000 Bay Area residents.

LSC Grantee profile

Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)


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

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.

News Story

Solano County settlement would offer alternatives to traffic fines

San Francisco Chronicle
August 8, 2017
Advocates for California motorists who face mounting fees for traffic tickets took another step to ease the burden, a settlement that seeks to offer options to paying fines that many people can’t afford.

News Story

California Lawmaker Proposes to Curb High-Interest Loans

Farida Jhabvala Romero
March 23, 2017
The wealth gap continues to widen as interest rates on loans over $2,500 remain mostly unchecked in California.

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

‘License Suspension Should Never be Punishment for Poverty:’ ACLU, Advocates Sue DMV

NBC Bay Area
October 26, 2016
Legal advocates, including four LAAC members, sue the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

News Story

Legal Coalition Demands Traffic Court Policy Changes

Sydney Johnson
East Bay Express (Oakland)
March 24, 2016

News Story

Ticket Amnesty Law Goes Into Effect; Could Help 300K Bay Area Residents

CBS News
October 1, 2015
At least 300,000 Bay Area residents could now be eligible to reduce traffic fines and reinstate suspended driver’s licenses, according to Gary Lewis with Bay Area Legal Aid.

News Story

California Moves To Provide Free Interpreter Services In All Court Cases

The Associated Press (AP)
CBS News
August 16, 2015
California’s Judicial Council approved a plan to extend free interpretation services to all cases by 2017.

News Story

Napa, Bay Area Legal Aid agencies to merge

Howard Yune
Napa Valley Register
November 17, 2015
Legal Aid of Napa Valley and BayLegal merge to provide greater legal aid services in Napa County.

News Story

California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many Behind

Sam Levin
East Bay Express (Oakland)
November 11, 2015
In the Bay Area, implementation of California's new traffic amnesty program runs afoul of its anti-poverty goals.

News Story

Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital Age

Erik Eckholm
New York Times (NYT)
October 28, 2015
Harvard's Law School Library teams up with California start-up Ravel Law to share vital legal records and case law.

News Story

Rocket Lawyer Partners With Bay Area Legal Aid

Patience Haggin
The Recorder
November 3, 2015
Rocket Lawyer and BayLegal partner to address civil legal aid needs.

News Story

California Moves to Provide Interpreters in All Court Cases

New York Times (NYT)
August 16, 2015
California judiciary demonstrates commitment to language access by extending interpreter services to civil cases.

News Story

Richmond: Family justice center offers services, hope to community

Karina Ioffee
Contra Costa Times
June 4, 2015
The newly-opened Family Justice Center in Richmond will provide one-stop services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking.

News Story

Running out of Time: Unaccompanied Refugee Minors and a Fight for Healthcare

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong
KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco
June 29, 2015


Reentry Legal Services: Representing Former Prisoners in SSI Advocacy

Feb 6, 2018
This program will focus on the mental health-related requirements for disability benefits eligibility, with particular applicability to certain vulnerable populations: prisoners who have been adversely impacted by solitary confinement and transgender prisoners who have been traumatized by their prison experience.
MCLE: 1 hour

Best Practices for Providing Legal Services and Legal Education in Prisons and Jail

Nov 2, 2017
Attorneys from Bay Area Legal Aid, Harriett Buhai Center on Family Law, Root and Rebound, and Legal Services for Prisoners with Children will share best practices and creative strategies for providing legal information and services to incarcerated people.
MCLE: 1 hour

Working with LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Abuse

Sep 28, 2017
In this webinar, participants will learn how to provide culturally competent services, and what legal issues may be of particular relevance when working with LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence or intimate partner abuse, including LGBTQ parents.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)

Providing Legal Services to Pregnant and Parenting Teens

Mar 25, 2016
This webinar will help legal aid advocates better understand the range of services available to pregnant and parenting teens, as well as highlight some of the unique concerns and considerations when working with this population.
MCLE: 1.5 hours

LAAC: California Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program

Sep 22, 2015
This webinar will discuss California's Traffic Ticket Amnesty Program, including advocacy efforts directed at facilitating its implementation.
MCLE: 1 hour

Supporting Relative Caregivers

Nov 7, 2014
Provides details about the new Approved Relative Caregiver Funding Option Program (ARC).
MCLE: 1 hour

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