Welcome to LAAC Online!
The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for almost 100 legal nonprofits. LAAC advocates for more funding and better laws for legal nonprofits, facilitates communication and coordination between organizations, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and works to increase access to justice for all Californians.
Celebrate the New Year with Specialty MCLE Webinars
- Client Communication: Using Mindfulness Practices to Increase Effectiveness, Empathy, and Understanding and Practice Law with Competence – January 22, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Communication is fundamental to effective representation. But how effective are our methods of interacting with clients, and even opposing counsel, other trial-team members, the court, and staff? Many times, the stress of legal practice can cause a breakdown in communication or lead to other problems, such as substance abuse, that threaten successful communications. Mindfulness practices can be another tool in the arsenal to address these problems and help achieve efficient, empathetic, effective communication. Whether you are a veteran meditator and mindfulness practitioner or you’re asking, “What is mindfulness,” this session offers new insight into the classic issues that can impair a member’s ability to practice and discusses strategies to improve client communications and the ability to practice law with competence. Presented by Clare Freeman, Founder of Source for Mindfulness, L.L.C., the program offers 1 hour of MCLE competence issues credit. Those interested in attending can register here.
- Confidentiality Issues in a Legal Services Context – January 29, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Presented by Elizabeth Bluestein (Public Counsel) and Toby Rothschild (OneJustice), this program will discuss the duty of confidentiality and a variety of scenarios in which confidentiality issues may arise in a legal services practice. 1 hour of MCLE ethics credit is available, and those interested in attending can register here.
Recent Press Clips
Senator Bob Wieckowski prioritizes funding legal aid in the upcoming budget year.
As research show access to civil legal aid is critical in curbing rates of domestic violence, advocates call for increased funding. (Mentions: Voices for Civil Justice )
Foster youth and civil legal aid advocates call for new requirements on districts to report and address instability and school changes faced by foster youth. (Mentions: Alliance for Children’s Rights , Public Counsel , National Center for Youth Law (NCYL) )
Bonnie Hough, Managing Attorney at the Judicial Council of California's Center for Families, Children & the Courts, is announced as a 2015 Innovator Award winner. (Mentions: Judicial Council of California – Center for Families, Children & the Courts )
Civil legal aid groups work together to to prevent Texas from barring entry to Syrian refugees. (Mentions: National Immigration Law Center (NILC) )
LAAC Member Highlight
What LAAC Does
Advocates for increased funding for legal aid and better laws for legal aid organizations and their clients.
Trains legal aid providers.
Creates community for our member organizations.
Associate Members: 4
Direct Service Providers: 65
Support Centers: 22
No Legal Advice
Board Members: 18
Legal Aid Association of California
350 Frank Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612