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.
PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCEBlog 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.
ABA Partners to Provide Legal Hotline for California Fire VictimsDebra Cassens Weiss
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.
Solano County settlement would offer alternatives to traffic finesSan 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.
California Lawmaker Proposes to Curb High-Interest LoansFarida Jhabvala Romero
March 23, 2017
The wealth gap continues to widen as interest rates on loans over $2,500 remain mostly unchecked in California.
Legal aid groups prepare for loss of federal fundsDominic 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.
‘License Suspension Should Never be Punishment for Poverty:’ ACLU, Advocates Sue DMVNBC Bay Area
October 26, 2016
Legal advocates, including four LAAC members, sue the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Legal Coalition Demands Traffic Court Policy ChangesSydney Johnson
East Bay Express (Oakland)
March 24, 2016
Ticket Amnesty Law Goes Into Effect; Could Help 300K Bay Area ResidentsCBS 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.
California Moves To Provide Free Interpreter Services In All Court CasesThe Associated Press (AP)
August 16, 2015
California’s Judicial Council approved a plan to extend free interpretation services to all cases by 2017.
Napa, Bay Area Legal Aid agencies to mergeHoward Yune
Napa Valley Register
November 17, 2015
Legal Aid of Napa Valley and BayLegal merge to provide greater legal aid services in Napa County.
California Traffic Tickets Amnesty Program Leaves Many BehindSam 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.
Harvard Law Library Readies Trove of Decisions for Digital AgeErik 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.
Rocket Lawyer Partners With Bay Area Legal AidPatience Haggin
November 3, 2015
Rocket Lawyer and BayLegal partner to address civil legal aid needs.
California Moves to Provide Interpreters in All Court CasesNew York Times (NYT)
August 16, 2015
California judiciary demonstrates commitment to language access by extending interpreter services to civil cases.
Richmond: Family justice center offers services, hope to communityKarina 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.
Running out of Time: Unaccompanied Refugee Minors and a Fight for HealthcareAdwoa Gyimah-Brempong
KALW 91.7 FM in San Francisco
June 29, 2015
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