September 2016
LAAC In Action
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Congratulations, Salena!
Congratulations to LAAC's Executive Director, Salena Copeland, for being honored as the  2016 Miles L. Rubin Public Interest Award  Recipient from Stanford Law! 

Stanford Law School's Levin Center for Public Service annually honors one alumnus/a who has engaged in public service and had a significant impact on the community. This year that person is Salena! 

She will be honored at an awards reception on October 10th along with National Public Service Award Recipient, United States Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez. 

This is a great honor. We are thrilled that her many contributions to the legal services community will be celebrated. Please join us in congratulating Salena! 
Riverside Traveling Training
Traveling Training provides advocates at rural programs with affordable training, right in their home communities. These trainings are provided by expert trainers from Support Centers throughout California on diverse substantive issues, skills, and hot topics.
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
$120 for LAAC Members and $175 for General Registration
Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming  Trainings: 

Post-Family Law &Self-Help Conference Series

September 27 from noon to 1 p.m.
Linda McCulloh, 
Judicial Council of California
1 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE. 

2016 Armchair Trainings: Disability Civil Rights Law Webinar Series

Monday, September 26 from noon to 1 p.m.
Navneet Grewal,  Western Center on Law & Poverty
Deborah Thrope,  National Housing Law Project
1 hour of general MCLE credit.  Register now!

Thursday, November 17 from noon to 1 p.m.
Shirley Sanematsu,Western Center on Law & Poverty
Silvia Yee, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
1 hour of general MCLE credit.  Register now!

Other Armchair Trainings

Equal Pay in California: Your Right to Pay Equity in the Workplace
Wednesday, October 12 from noon to 1 p.m.
Elizabeth Kristen, Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center
Amy Poyer, California Women's Law Center 
1 hour of general MCLE credit.  Register now!

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Advocacy Updates
Legislative Update:
The Governor is slowly signing and vetoing the bills we've followed this session. 

SB 1257 (Block) Pro Bono: As we've shared previously, we had some concerns about this bill, but we supported the goal of encouraging pro bono. 

AB 2085 (Irwin) Office of Military Legal Assistance: We supported the goal of connecting active service members and reservists to pro bono attorneys and local civil aid programs, but we understand the Governor's concerns about the cost of the program. The legislature had envisioned a high level of staffing. 

  AB 2819 (Chiu) Unlawful Detainer Proceedings: Congratulations to LAAC board member Jith Meganathan who staffed this bill for Western Center! 

Still waiting
  AB 2192 (Salas) Transcript Reimbursement Fund: Still waiting to see if the Governor approves extending this critical program, which would sunset at the end of this year without this bill.

SB 881 (Hertzberg) Vehicle Violation s : It cleared both houses just in time, and will make minor, but good, changes to the Traffic Amnesty Program. 

Funding Update:
LAAC has followed the State Bar as it responds to the lack of a dues bill this session. The State Bar will submit a request to the Chief Justice by September 30, asking her to issue an order authorizing them to collect dues from all California attorneys. We are happy to share that it seems the State Bar plans to ask for all opt-ins and opt-outs, including the mechanism that collects about $7 million for legal aid programs. When there is an opportunity for amicus support, we will let all IOLTA Executive Directors know. We've been emailing them more regularly with updates and links.