Responsible for the coordination of overall state agency response to disasters.
See this excellent overview by Martha Bergmark of the importance of civil legal aid in dealing with natural disasters.
She says civil legal aid helps recovery from disasters in three ways. First, civil legal aid programs are helping residents access the funds they deserve — and reducing the number of qualified applicants that relief programs erroneously reject. Second, housing recovery policies give too little attention to the needs and circumstances of low- and middle-income people following a disaster. Third, federal recovery plans often overlook programs that can provide the legal assistance and advocacy survivors need to get back on their feet.
Civil legal aid providers play critical role in disaster relief efforts following Butte and Valley Fires.
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.
In the Bay Area, implementation of California’s new traffic amnesty program runs afoul of its anti-poverty goals.
Legal aid attorneys work to keep Valley Fire victims in their homes.
Civil legal aid group seeks to dismantle San Francisco’s cash bail system, which it charges is unconstitutional and unfairly singles out poor people.
Civil legal aid advocates employ novel legal strategies to reform the money bail system.