Meghan’s Story of Achieving Her Ideals within the Legal Aid World

July 10, 2018 |
Right after graduating from college, I was on a plane headed for a year


Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care for Legal Aid Lawyers

July 10, 2018 |
People often say there are too many attorneys, but, in fact, there aren’t enough


Jameson v Desta Decision: Great news for low-income Californians!

July 5, 2018 |
Media Contacts: Salena Copeland, 510-893-3000 x106 SCopeland@LAAConline.org Lorin Kline, 510-893-3000 x105 LKline@LAAConline.org FOR IMMEDIATE


Student Debt Relief Basics: Loan Repayment, Loan Repayment Assistance Programs (LRAP) and Loan Forgiveness for Public Service

July 5, 2018 |
One important discussion within loan repayment for legal aid attorneys is loan forgiveness for public service. While many of us have heard about loan forgiveness, it is easy to get lost and overwhelmed. This post seeks to briefly summarize the current state of loan forgiveness for public service attorneys.


Welcome to the LAAC blog!

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


Governor Brown signs state budget including an increase in legal aid funding

June 27, 2018 |
Media Contacts: Salena Copeland, 510-893-3000 x106 SCopeland@LAAConline.org Lorin Kline, 510-893-3000 x105 LKline@LAAConline.org FOR IMMEDIATE


Affordable Housing Advocates Help Those with Nowhere Else to Turn

May 18, 2018 |
AHA is passionate about housing because home is not only where the heart is, it is where we get our start in life, where we first learn about our place in the world


Disability Rights Legal Center – The Health Care Act

May 8, 2018 |
“DRLC recently submitted an amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court in support


Novato landlord charged with price gouging as prosecutors scour for cases after fires

April 18, 2018 | The Press Democrat
Legal Aid of Sonoma County comments on the issue of housing in Novato, as landlords are illegally raising rent prices over 10% after the Northern wildfires.


Lawsuits filed against L.A. County, lenders over green energy program

April 12, 2018 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Public Counsel and Bet Tzedek have filed a lawsuit to protect homeowners in Los Angeles from predatory lending by a L.A. county program that funds solar panels and other energy-efficient home improvement projects.


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

April 12, 2018 | Sacramento Bee
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.


Cambodian-American refugee who lived in Long Beach freed from ICE detention

April 11, 2018 | Long Beach Press-Telegram
Asian Americans for Advancing Justice - Los Angeles win a lawsuit that grants freedom to a Cambodian-American refugee in Southern California.


Restraining Inmates in Labor Is Supposed to Be the Exception — in San Diego, It’s the Norm

April 10, 2018 | Voice of San Diego
Legal Services for Prisoners with Children continues to protect incarcerated pregnant women in San Diego.


Berkeley police tell Marina RV campers to move out … or get towed

April 4, 2018 | Berkeleyside
Advocates from EBCLC question the city of Berkeley's choice to tow mobile homes parked at the Berkeley Marina.


What happens when homeless people are sent to motels? Some are welcomed, some treated warily, some kicked out

March 27, 2018 | The Orange County Register
Even after the hurdle of finding housing, formerly homeless people are still experiencing discrimination and backlash to their placement in local motels.


The Trump Administration is Failing to Uphold its Commitments to Vietnamese Refugees

March 7, 2018 |
AAAJ-LA sues ICE due to the Trump Administration's failure to uphold the US's commitment to Vietnamese refugees.


Supreme Court Ruling Undermines Due Process for Immigrants

March 1, 2018 | 94.1 KPFA
ILRC's Grisel Ruiz discusses the Supreme Court ruling that strips due process away from undocumented immigrants.


Even as gay rights battles are won, transgender people continue to face obstacles

February 19, 2018 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
NCYL's Senior Director, Seth Galanter, expresses concern for civil rights for transgender people under the federal administration.


Trump administration opens door to states imposing Medicaid work requirements

January 12, 2018 | Washington Post
The Trump administration is calling Medicaid work requirements a positive "incentive" for beneficiaries, but critics say they're a harmful double standard.


Student Detained By Ice To Miss Start Of Semester, Despite Help From Lawmakers

January 11, 2018 | SF Gate
EBCLC attorney, Prerna Lal, represents UC Berkeley student, Luis Mora, after being detained by ICE at a border patrol checkpoint in Southern California.


Section 8 housing vouchers-holders struggle to stay in community post-fire

December 28, 2017 | The Press Democrat
“The displacement can be widespread. There’s really nowhere for people to go.”


Behind Closed Doors: Preventing Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes

December 23, 2017 | Truthdig
Prescott Cole of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, a LAAC member and support


Justice & Diversity Center Provides Relief for North Bay Fire Victims

December 12, 2017 | Justice and Diversity Center (JDC)
The Justice & Diversity Center is a proud member of the Bay Area Resilience


California isn’t doing enough to teach kids how to read, lawsuit says

December 5, 2017 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
The lawsuit calls for better teacher training, increased resources for teachers, and tangible help for students that are identified as having difficulty reading.


$7.4 Million Awarded to 17 Legal Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Free Legal Representation

November 27, 2017 | California Community Foundation
$7.4 Million Awarded to 17 Legal Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Free Legal Representation


Women-led startup turns domestic abuse survivors into entrepreneurs

November 23, 2017 | Guardian
FreeFrom helps domestic abuse survivors become financially independent from their abusers.


Sonoma County is experiencing a second wave of fire victims: renters

November 17, 2017 | KTVU (San Francisco/Bay Area)
The heartache of the North Bay fires continue, this time for local tenants who are facing eviction from their rented homes.


SF supervisors announce legislation guaranteeing tenants’ right to legal counsel

November 14, 2017 | KTVU (San Francisco/Bay Area)
Supervisors in San Francisco have introduced legislation that would guarantee legal counsel to low-income SF residents facing no-fault evictions.


ICE raids are targeting Cambodian immigrants caught between two countries, advocates say

November 3, 2017 | Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice- Los Angeles filed suit against the federal government in order to stop the detentions of Cambodian descent refugees.


ABA Partners to Provide Legal Hotline for California Fire Victims

October 18, 2017 | ABA Journal
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.