Founded in 1966 as a nonprofit legal services program, CRLA has 21 offices and strives for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California's rural poor.
Organization Website

Twitter: @CRLAinc
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Primary geographic focus: Central Coast, Central Valley, Eastern California, Rural, Southwestern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: LSC Grantees, IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Immigration, Language Access
Acronym or short name: CRLA

CRLA was founded in 1966 as a nonprofit legal services program. The mission of CRLA is to strive for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California’s rural poor. Today, CRLA has 21 offices, many in rural communities from the Mexican border to Northern California.

Each year, CRLA provides more than 40,000 low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Half of CRLA’s resources are committed to multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty.

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)



PRESS/RESEARCH FROM THIS SOURCE

Press Release

Low Income Residents Compel Monterey County to Follow State Law

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
September 27, 2017
CRLA and PILP's joint lawsuit in Monterey County leads to increase in aid for poor.




PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCE

Press Release

Low Income Residents Compel Monterey County to Follow State Law

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
September 27, 2017
CRLA and PILP's joint lawsuit in Monterey County leads to increase in aid for poor.

News Story

California pressed to stop collecting students’ citizenship data

Jill Tucker
SF Gate
March 27, 2017
There is no reason for schools to know a students' immigration status, and by requiring that information advocates fear fewer immigrant families will send their children to school.

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.

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 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.

News Story

Kern High School District discrimination suit moves forward

The Bakersfield Californian
May 27, 2016

News Story

Grower Fined After Pesticides Make Valley Students Sick

Kristen Hwang
The Desert Sun
May 25, 2016
Six months after more than two dozen students and staff fell ill at Coachella Valley High School due to herbicides drifting from an agricultural field across the street onto campus, the Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner's Office has proposed a $5,000 fine for the grower, Amazing Coachella, Inc., which does business as Peter Rabbit Farms.

News Story

Parklawn homes can finally make connection to Modesto wastewater service

Ken Carlson
The Modesto Bee
October 13, 2015
The first sewer lines in Parklawn, an unincorporated island south of Modesto, were installed due to failing septic tanks that prompted a 2004 lawsuit settled in 2011.

Video

LGBT students headed back to Kern County schools

James Johnson, Justin Burton
ABC 23, KERO-TV
August 13, 2015
Kern County school have been adjusting to new rules and policies for transgender students.

News Story

Living on $10 an hour in Santa Cruz County

Jondi Gumz
Santa Cruz Sentinel
May 8, 2015
A multimedia presentation premiered at the Museum of Art & History, which was based on research, a survey of 1,300 workers who make less than $15 an hour, and 75 in-depth interviews.

News Story

Central Coast water board sued over pollution secrecy

Suzanne Potter
Public News Service
June 1, 2015
The Environmental Law Foundation is suing the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to force all growers to make public data about the regional wells' levels of nitrates




TRAININGS FROM THIS SOURCE

Community Development Series: Fighting Discriminatory Lending and Protecting Mobile Homes in Rural California

Aug 16, 2016
CRLA and CRLAF present "Fighting Discriminatory Lending and Protecting Mobile Homes in Rural California".

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LGBT Cultural Competency for Legal Aid Services

Sep 25, 2014
Covers basic LGBT terminology, the unique needs of LGBT low-income clients, and practical approaches to discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with clients.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)


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