November 2019
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Welcome Back Jasmine!

Jasmine joined the California Commission on Access to Justice in 2019 as the Senior Program Coordinator. Jasmine graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in History. Since then, Jasmine worked in the legal services field for 3 years at the Legal Aid Association of California as their Training & Communications Coordinator.

She is passionate about increasing access to justice through expanded legal services and education for marginalized communities. She is deeply involved in the Bay Area community and the prison abolition movement. Jasmine has interned with Berkeley's 94.1 KPFA radio station and volunteered with Prison Radio, the Prisoner Advocacy Network, and the Oakland Community Democracy Project. While attending university, Jasmine volunteered with Girls Inc. as a group facilitator at a girls' Juvenile Hall and with Teach In Prison as a tutor at San Quentin Prison. 

In her free time, Jasmine loves snuggling with her baby, Suraya, who was born in June 2019. You can reach Jasmine at
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Welcome Erika!

Erika joined LAAC in 2019 as the Training and Advocacy Assistant. She is a UC Berkeley student, majoring in Legal Studies and Jurisprudence. 

Erika's primary interest is in studying the impact the law has on minority groups. In her free time, she likes to relax in nature.

You can reach Erika at
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Access Commission Announcement:

We are thrilled to announce that as of October 2019, the California Commission on Access to Justice  (CalATJ) is now an independent nonprofit . LAAC is partnering with CalATJ, so we wanted to help get the fantastic news out.

For over 22 years under the State Bar, CalATJ has worked to increase resources and improve methods of helping low- and moderate-income Californians and others facing legal problems. CalATJ will continue to partner with the State Bar and other stakeholders on these efforts, but now with more independence to tackle tough issues.
Anyone who wishes to keep informed about their work can follow them at To receive emails about developments, subscribe here . Read a longer announcement message here .
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Recruitment and Retention Project Update: 

LAAC has now concluded our focus groups! Thank you so much to all of the legal aid organizations and law schools that allowed us to meet with students. They were immensely successful, and shed light on the critical issues that law students consider in seeking a career.

Altogether, we spoke with 70 students! These focus groups are an important part of our Civil Legal Aid Recruitment and Retention study, which will be released later this year.
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Self Care Survey: Your chance to win a gift card!

Thanks to all of you who responded to our survey about what wellness programs your organization offers (we got nearly 100 responses!). 

Now we want to turn to what discounts we can offer our community to help support self-care. If you answered the previous survey, we still want your responses here in our four question self-care survey. We'll be picking four random responses to receive $10 Amazon gift cards before the end of the month.  Fill out the survey here

Giving Tuesday:
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Mindfulness Retreat

Thank you to everyone who registered for our December 13th and December 16th mindfulness retreats! If you'd like to join the wait list please add your name here
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Sign up for CLE!  

Don't wait until the end of the year to meet your CLE requirements! LAAC has curated webinars with guaranteed CLE for you to watch from the comfort of your own desk. 

Check out our upcoming webinar offerings below and don't forget about our archived  self-study webinars! 

Monday, November 18, 2019 |12-1pm
Presented by: 
- Trinh Phan, Justice in Aging
- Jessica Mark, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

1 hour general CLE, Register here

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 |12-1pm
Presented by: 
- Amy Poyer, California Women's Law Center
- Sarah Reisman, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice

1 hour general CLE,  Register here

We regularly update our website with more trainings, so  please be sure to check out our " Upcoming Trainings " page, or find a past webinar under " Archived Trainings ." If you'd like to submit a webinar proposal please fill out this form, or email

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