Provides legal aid in 23 northern California counties. HQ in Sacramento.
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Primary geographic focus: Northern California, Northern District, Rural, Sacramento Region
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: LSC Grantees, IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Benefits, Child Custody, Children, Civil Right to Counsel, Community Economic Development, Discrimination, Domestic Violence, Driver's license suspension, Employment, Health Care, Housing, Housing: Eviction, Housing: Foreclosure, Housing: Landlord-Tenant, Juvenile Justice, Language Access, Minorities: Other/All, Native American/ Indigenous, Workers Rights
Acronym or short name: LSNC

The mission of Legal Services of Northern California is to provide quality legal services to empower the poor to identify and defeat the causes and effects of poverty within their community efficiently utilizing all available resources.

Incorporated as the Legal Aid Society of Sacramento County in 1956, LSNC has grown to nine regional offices that closed 15,160 cases in 2010 (the most recent year for which data is available). LSNC closed an additional 22,000 individual cases in the five specially funded programs: Senior Legal Hotline; the Health Rights Program; the Ombudsman Services of Northern California (OSNC) (advocacy in long-term care facilities); the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) (Medicare-related advocacy); and the separately incorporated Voluntary Legal Services Program (VLSP).

LSNC serves a low-income population of over 500,000 spread over an urban/ rural area that is largely minority. They serve the second largest Hmong population and the largest Mienh community in the United States. Their northern and coastal counties and the San Joaquin river delta are home to thousands of migrant farm workers who cultivate and harvest the tree and row crops, including wine grapes, that support California’s agricultural industry. The north state is also home to a significant Native American population for whom their staff provide special outreach and services.

Legal Services of Northern California (LSNC)


News Story

Sacramento hit with federal lawsuit seeking to overturn city’s panhandling ordinance

Sam Stanton, Ryan Lillis
Sacramento Bee
April 12, 2018
LSNC and the ACLU have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city of Sacramento, alleging that a panhandling ordinance adopted in November violates the free speech rights of citizens asking for handouts.

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.

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.

News Story

No silver bullets: Sacramento homelessness activists lobby city to repeal illegal-camping law

Nick Miller
Sacramento News & Review
April 9, 2015
Sacramento's anti-camping law banned camping and the possession of “camp paraphernalia” on public and private property, leading to 1,030 citations against homeless people in 2014.

News Story

Decision on Woodland camping ordinance postponed

Sarah Dowling
Woodland Daily Democrat
July 8, 2015


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