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.
Join the statewide pleading bank
CAPleadingBank.org is a vital tool designed to support California's legal aid community. Made possible by a partnership between LAAC and the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, with funding from an LSC Technology Initiative Grant, the pleading bank offers attorneys at California IOLTA programs a forum to post and search pleadings.
IOLTA-funded attorneys may use the pleading bank to
- Share pleadings with members of the legal aid community who may not have substantial legal resources, such as new attorneys exploring a
career in legal aid or colleagues across the state in rural, small, or under-funded nonprofit organizations;
- Create a free searchable database for their organization’s pleadings; and
- Much more!
Please visit CAPleadingBank.org to create a new account and start using the pleading bank today!
Recent Press Clips
Concerned about the preservation of affordable housing, San Mateo County halts closure of mobile home parks. (Mentions: Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA) )
Legal Aid of Napa Valley and BayLegal merge to provide greater legal aid services in Napa County. (Mentions: Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) , Legal Aid of Napa Valley )
Civil legal aid advocates take on Silicon Valley to assert the rights of vulnerable immigrant domestic workers. (Mentions: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus (Advancing Justice-ALC) , Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC) )
After the first month of implementation of California's new traffic amnesty program, civil legal aid advocates are wary of a system fraught with inconsistencies. (Mentions: Western Center on Law & Poverty (WCLP) , A New Way of Life (Los Angeles) )
In the Bay Area, implementation of California's new traffic amnesty program runs afoul of its anti-poverty goals. (Mentions: East Bay Community Law Center (EBCLC) , Judicial Council of California (Judicial Council) , Bay Area Legal Aid (BayLegal) , Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area (LCCR) )
LAAC Member Highlight
Contra Costa Senior Legal Services (CCSLS) provides free civil legal services to Contra Costa county residents, ages 60 or older. The organization’s work prioritizes aid to seniors in economic and social need and seeks to create an important safety net for these vulnerable clients. A vital component of this effort is empowering seniors to define their medical and financial wishes, and the Advance Healthcare Directives and financial Powers of Attorney workshop program addresses this need.
The new program takes a collaborative and holistic approach to reach out to seniors in their homes. Working with senior housing in-house support staff, CCSLS offers two-part workshop programs to residents. Using a combination of volunteers and staff, CCSLS collaborates with seniors to attain the goal of finalizing important legal documents such as wills and leaving seniors with a greater sense of peace and security. 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 >>