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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.
October is Campaign for Justice Month
For low-income Californians, access to legal aid means access to healthcare, food, safety, and shelter. Yet in this era of reduced resources and increased need, funding for legal aid is sparse, and California citizens are struggling as a result.
The Campaign for Justice exists to bridge this gap and increase funding for legal aid organizations that give a voice and representation to Californians who need help accessing justice.
October is a month for raising awareness and funding of this critical program that supports nearly 100 California nonprofit organizations that provide legal help to hundreds of thousands of individuals annually. If you already are a supporter of legal aid, we urge you to continue your efforts and to join the Campaign for Justice and educate others. If you do not already support legal aid, now is the time to do so. Donate or take action to support critical legal services in California.
For more information about the Campaign for Justice, please visit http://www.caforjustice.org/
Recent Press Clips
California civil legal aid providers disappointed after veto of new, state-funded program to give legal aid to students seeking federal student-loan debt relief. (Mentions: Public Advocates Inc. )
Traffic fines, debt, license suspensions, and economic outcomes for low-income Californians. (Mentions: East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) )
The Rent Control Board tabled a decision on creating a database of rental buyout agreements, but required landlords to give tenants a document detailing their rights during a buyout. (Mentions: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) )
California legal aid leaders identify reformation of the treatment of formerly incarcerated individuals as necessary to end discrimination and recidivism. (Mentions: Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (LSPC) , Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) )
CCLS Executive Director Chris Schneider receives California State Bar high honor. (Mentions: Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS) )
LAAC Member Highlight
The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ) utilizes a holistic model of service delivery to help vulnerable clients in crisis situations build safety and stability for themselves and their families.
One of its most important programs is Teen Legal Advocacy (Teen/LA). Teen/LA is the only program of its kind in Los Angeles County to provide specialized legal advocacy and education to teens and young adults. Focused on young survivors of sexual assault or domestic violence and young parents in high-conflict co-parenting relationships, Teen/LA attorneys work alongside young people so they can have healthy, violence-free relationships. read more>>
Kaitlin Toyama, UC Hastings ’17, received a Dan Bradley Fellowship to work at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. during Summer 2015. Read more about this and other LAAC awards >>