January 2017
LAAC in Action
Good Luck, Denise!

After nearly seven years with LAAC, our dear friend Denise Watt has gone to pursue law school full time. 

Throughout her time at LAAC, Denise has coordinated with senior legal service providers across the state to increase access to justice for thousands of seniors, organized dozens of SLSP meetings, provided support to all LAAC members, managed our CA Pleading Bank project, worked to increase language access in California's courts, supervised our interns, and so much more. 
LAAC will miss her, but we're so excited to see what she will do next! 
Welcome Harmony King - Our New Membership and Administrative Associate!

Harmony joined LAAC in January 2016 as the new Membership and Administrative Associate.  She holds a BA in Anthropology and an MA in International Relations and is also a certified birth doula.  Prior to joining LAAC, Harmony worked with Human Rights in Childbirth and Yayasan Bumi Sehat, both are non-profits dedicated to protecting mothers and promoting birth justice as a human rights issue around the world.

After the 2016 election, Harmony was called to expand your efforts. 

"I thought  'what can I do that will serve as many social justice initiatives as possible?' All signs pointed toward legal aid: it was a no-brainer. In this position I get to support the real heroes of our democracy, across various issues.  It's an honor to be a part of the team." 

As our Membership and Administrative Associate, her main focus is to provide full range support to members. Harmony will be in close contact with you to make sure that LAAC remains vigilant and flexible as we respond to issues you identify in your communities.

You can reach Harmony King at 510-893-3000 ext 103 or  HKing@LAAConline.org.
Legal Aid for Racial Justice

Are you concerned about issues of racial justice? 

If you are interested in convening to discuss  the road forward and the best role for the legal aid community in protecting people of color and seeking justice, please email Lorin  Kline at  LKline@laaconline.org
MCLE reporting has officially been extended to February 28!
Take advantage of LAAC's on-demand credits!

The State Bar recently announced that compliance reporting has been extended through the end of February - this means that you can continue to earn your CLE credits for the reporting period until Tuesday, February 28. 

The State Bar allows up to HALF of your MCLE to come from self-study - 12.5 hours that you can earn on your own time. We have over 100 hours available on-demand on our site - and it's easy to search by topic or organization in the search bar.
  All trainings are available here. Most of our specialty credits are for our current members only and need a password. Questions? Email trainings@laaconline.org.
Staying True to Your Roots 2017

LAAC is excited to co-sponsor the "Staying True to Your Roots" event by the National Lawyer's Guild - Bay Area Chapter on Thursday, January 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Practising Law Institute, 685 Market Street, Suite 100 in San Francisco This is a great CLE opportunity; credits include competence issues, elimination of bias, and ethics.

All LAAC members get to register at the discounted NLG-members only price! Don't miss the early bird special -  Register now!

"Civil Rights for People and Families Impacted by Incarceration" 

We hope you'll join us for LAAC's first FREE "Civil Rights for People and Families Impacted by Incarceration" training.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 31 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
WHERE: CompassPoint Oakland; 500 12th St #320, Oakland, CA 94607

This event will feature two panels presented by California legal aid organizations aimed at providing legal services attorneys with training and education in issues around re-entry, incarceration, and detention and offer 2.5 hours of MCLE, including 1.25 of ethics credit. Seating is limited so remember to register now

Sessions include:

  • Finding Housing with a Record or in Reentry: Cutting Edge Legal Issues & Advocacy 
  • Violence Against People in Detention, Institutions and Prison
LAAC's "Next Steps: Assessing Community Impact from Upcoming Policy Changes in the New Year" Webinar Series

LAAC understands that the policies of the incoming administration will have a significant impact on many of your clients. We are currently coordinating a training series that will address the impact of this new administration's policies on the communities that  legal aid serves. 

We envision this as a year-long series, covering a wide variety of topics from immigration, education, reproductive rights, LGBTQ+ rights, health care, and more.   If you or someone from your organization has a training idea that you think would fit into this series and you'd like to coordinate with LAAC, email Jasmine at trainings@laaconline.org!
Self-Represented Litigation Network Springboard Conference
WHAT: The Self-Represented Litigation Network's first annual two-day in-person national conference for lawyers, judges, clerks of court, self-help services professionals, librarians, technologists, funders and other allied professionals to explore and develop successful strategies and new thinking for providing 100% access to justice. In affiliation with the Judicial Council of California's  Family Law Facilitator and Self-Help Center Conference. Find out more about the conference here!
WHEN: Thursday and Friday, February 23 and 24, 2017. 
Reception on evening of February 23rd.
WHERE: Judicial Council of California, Milton Marks Conference Center
455 Golden Gate Ave, San Francisco, CA 94102.
FEE: Early bird registration will be $150 through February 1st.
Regular registration will be $200.
Don't miss out - register now!
Get Featured in our Upcoming Newsletter!

LAAC takes pride in highlighting the ground-breaking and inspiring work of our members and others in the community. Our  monthly Member Highlight is the most viewed part of our newsletter and an excellent way to get the word out about recent success stories, upcoming events, and new organizations. 

If you'd like to be featured in our upcoming newsletter contact Jasmine Schwab-Doyle at JSchwabDoyle@laaconline.org.