Primary geographic focus: Central Coast, Central Valley, Eastern California, Rural, Southwestern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: LSC Grantees, IOLTA-Funded, Direct Services Programs
Tags: Immigration, Language Access
Acronym or short name: CRLA
CRLA was founded in 1966 as a nonprofit legal services program. The mission of CRLA is to strive for economic justice and human rights on behalf of California’s rural poor. Today, CRLA has 21 offices, many in rural communities from the Mexican border to Northern California.
Each year, CRLA provides more than 40,000 low-income rural Californians with free legal assistance and a variety of community education and outreach programs. Half of CRLA’s resources are committed to multi-client cases that grapple with the root causes of poverty.
PRESS/RESEARCH FROM THIS SOURCELAAC Member Story California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA)
July 1, 2015
CRLA's was established 1966 and celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016. The organization has gained a national reputation for its aggressive and imaginative advocacy on behalf of the rural poor.
PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCEVideo James Johnson, Justin Burton
ABC 23, KERO-TV
August 13, 2015
Kern County school have been adjusting to new rules and policies for transgender students.
News Story Ken Carlson
The Modesto Bee
October 13, 2015
The first sewer lines in Parklawn, an unincorporated island south of Modesto, were installed due to failing septic tanks that prompted a 2004 lawsuit settled in 2011.
News Story Kristen Hwang
The Desert Sun
May 25, 2016
Six months after more than two dozen students and staff fell ill at Coachella Valley High School due to herbicides drifting from an agricultural field across the street onto campus, the Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner's Office has proposed a $5,000 fine for the grower, Amazing Coachella, Inc., which does business as Peter Rabbit Farms.
News Story The Bakersfield Californian
May 27, 2016
News Story California Bar Journal
March 2, 2017
LAAC Executive Director Salena Copeland, along with multiple LAAC members, were featured in the California Bar Journal this month to discuss funding for legal aid and express their concerns over proposed cuts to legal aid at the federal level.
Op-Ed , Opinion Salena Copeland
San Jose Mercury News
March 23, 2017
We join with legal service organizations throughout California in calling on the state to provide $30 million to reach the national average in civil legal aid funding. President Trump’s budget threatens to eliminate all federal aid provided through the Legal Services Corporation. That leaves the state’s Equal Access Fund to help bridge this growing gap. Established in 1999, the fund receives just $10 million a year, a number that has only been boosted once – a $5 million increase that many of us fought hard for in this year’s state budget.
News Story Dominic Fracassa
San Francisco Chronicle
March 21, 2017
Legal aid organizations across California are bracing for what could be a devastating financial blow following the release of the Trump administration’s draft budget last week.
News Story Jill Tucker
March 27, 2017
There is no reason for schools to know a students' immigration status, and by requiring that information advocates fear fewer immigrant families will send their children to school.
News Story Jondi Gumz
Santa Cruz Sentinel
May 8, 2015
A multimedia presentation premiered at the Museum of Art & History, which was based on research, a survey of 1,300 workers who make less than $15 an hour, and 75 in-depth interviews.
News Story Suzanne Potter
Public News Service
June 1, 2015
The Environmental Law Foundation is suing the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board to force all growers to make public data about the regional wells' levels of nitrates
News Story Patricia Leigh Brown
New York Times (NYT)
November 13, 2012
California Rural Legal Assistance and other groups are helping predominantly Latino unincorporated communities in the Central Valley seek clean water.
TRAININGS FROM THIS SOURCE
Community Development Series: Fighting Discriminatory Lending and Protecting Mobile Homes in Rural CaliforniaAug 16, 2016
CRLA and CRLAF present "Fighting Discriminatory Lending and Protecting Mobile Homes in Rural California".
Covers basic LGBT terminology, the unique needs of LGBT low-income clients, and practical approaches to discussing sexual orientation and gender identity with clients.
MCLE: 1 hour (Elimination of Bias)
Covers strategies for effectively advocating on behalf of LGBT clients and will address estate planiing and other legal approaches.
MCLE: 1 hour
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