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The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) is the statewide membership organization for the almost 100 nonprofits funded through IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) grants by the State Bar of California. Capitalizing on its structure as a membership organization, LAAC naturally takes on the role of advocating on behalf of this group of nonprofits. LAAC facilitates communication and coordination between programs, trains in core substantive areas, analyzes best practices, and assesses and improves the effectiveness of the delivery of legal aid in California, including working strategically to support rural and small programs and meet the needs of under-served populations.


Do you know someone in the legal services community that deserves recognition for their work? 
Nominate them for an Award of Merit!
More information here.
Nominations for the California Commission on Access to Justice Joint Award of Merit (for court staff) are due May 8, 2015.


LAAC congratulates the 2015 Family Law Award Honorees!

The Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) honored three attorneys at this year’s Family Law Awards on January 23.

LAAC recognized Mélody Saint-Saëns of Bay Area Legal Aid, Dana Schumacher of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Robert Uriarte of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP as recipients of the 2015 awards.

The awards ceremony took place as part of the 2015 Family Law/Self-Help Conference, held at the Judicial Council Conference Center in San Francisco. Read the full press release here.



Mélody Saint-Saëns

Bay Area Legal Aid




 Dana Schumacher

Legal Aid Foundation of  Los Angeles




Robert Uriarte

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP 


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