Kaden Evans-Shaw
July 3, 2018

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Hello, I’m Kaden and I’m 15 years old. This summer I am interning at the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) and Bay Area Legal Aid.

My first project this summer is to help LAAC kick off our California Legal Aid blog. The purpose of this blog is to encourage people to see a career in legal aid as viable, interesting, and worthwhile. The posts will also be full of the many triumphs and challenges of working in legal aid. To me, legal aid is an important part of our community because it fosters equality, especially for those who are underserved. I chose to intern at legal aid offices because this type of law touches lives in a way that many other kinds of legal work cannot. My mom is a lawyer, so throughout my life, I’ve heard about the dramatic impact legal help can make on others’ lives. I chose to intern here because I believe that helping others is crucial to our communities. Every day, legal aid advocates are protecting and maintaining the rights of our communities, especially those who can’t afford a lawyer themselves.

The ways in which legal aid helps others are diverse, giving limitless options to those looking to pursue a career in this field. Whether you’re a lawyer working in immigration, public benefits, housing, senior legal services, disability rights, domestic violence, or disaster aid, the work you’re doing is positively impacting lives and creating a path to a more just society through increased access to justice.

Legal aid is crucial in California. 71% of low-income households have at least one civil legal problem per year. One in five Californians are living in poverty. However, because of California’s exorbitant cost of living, many residents are unable to afford legal help. That’s where legal aid comes in. Unfortunately despite California’s robust legal services community, there is only one lawyer for every 8,000 Californians living in poverty. These numbers alone are why legal aid attorneys are so crucial to low-income Californians and the community at large.

Throughout this blog, you will see posts ranging from personal stories to debunked myths about legal aid to helpful tips for current attorneys. We hope this blog will spark your interest in legal services, remind you why you chose this career, or give you a little more insight into the world of legal aid.

Welcome to the LAAC blog!

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal)