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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.
Get Back to School with LAAC Fall Trainings
Kids won't be the only ones heading back to school this fall. Starting in October, LAAC will be working with civil legal aid partners throughout California to provide rule of law updates and substantive education on legal matters affecting the civil legal aid community and its clients. Currently scheduled trainings include:
Fall 2015 Armchair Trainings: Senior Series. This four-part series will take place on Oct. 14, Oct. 28, Nov. 18, and Dec. 9, 2015, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. The series will address legal updates in the areas of estate planning, veterans' benefits, healthcare matters, and consumer protections. Registration information will be available shortly.
S.T.O.P. Teen Dating Violence. This session will be held on Oct. 26, 2015, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and will discuss the legal responsibilities that schools have to address teen dating violence, as well as a model policy that schools can adopt to address dating violence. Registration information is available here.
Childcare Law for the Parent Who Happens to Be a Legal Aid Provider. This session will be held on Nov. 3, 2015, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., and will provide training for legal aid advocates on child care issues that directly impact them. Registration information will be available shortly.
Please check out our Upcoming Trainings page for more information and updates!
Recent Press Clips
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. Continue Reading Rental buyout debate continued to April (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. Continue Reading Ending the Racial Caste System Through Reentry Reform (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. Continue Reading Chris Schneider, Fresno civil-rights lawyer, receives state Bar honor (Mentions: Central California Legal Services, Inc. (CCLS) )
SB 134, which would support a loan-assistance program for attorneys committed to serving the public interest, awaits governor's signature. Continue Reading Senate-approved plan would promote legal services for low-income Californians (Mentions: Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) , Worksafe )
At the Legal Aid of Napa Valley’s fifth annual Pro Bono Recognition Event, discussions focused on accessibility to the state’s court system for non-English and limited English speakers, with California State Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar outlining his plans to make California a leader in language accessibility. Continue Reading Supreme Court justice targets court language barriers (Mentions: Legal Aid of Napa Valley )
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 >>