February 2018
LAAC in Action
2018 Legal Aid Day in Sacramento!

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in 
our first ever "Legal Aid" Day in Sacramento earlier this week!

On Wednesday, February 28, LAAC and legal aid lawyers from across the state went on a trip to Sacramento to talk with  legislators about the importance of legal aid. 

We had more than 50 legal aid volunteers from across the state conduct more than 60 meetings with legislators and staff.

LAAC is constantly inspired and impressed by the life-changing work of our member organizations, and we are so grateful we we were able to help you show your legislators how amazing you are!

Want one of these cool I <3 Legal Aid buttons? Email  advocacy@laaconline.org  one reason you love your job and your address, and we'll pop one in the mail to you!

L - R_ Jorgio Castro_ Salena Copeland_ Jose Padilla_ and Lorena Slomanson
Left to right: Jorgio Castro, Salena Copeland, Jose Padilla, and Lorena Slomanson.

Third Annual Legal Aid Tech Summit in SF this March!

LAAC is excited to announce that registration for our Statewide Legal Aid Tech Summit is now live! Register today  to get early bird registration rates! 

Topics for training and discussion include: data security, staff training, intake, technology tips & tools, web management, and technology as a tool for community-wide coordination and rapid response. 

Contact David Latt at dlatt@laaconline.org with any questions.
Thanks for joining us at the second annual SRLN Conference!

A nother year, another successful SRLN Conference co-sponsored by the   Self-Represented Litigation Network and the Judicial Council of California Center for Families, Children & the Courts.

Last week #SRLN18 brought together over 300 advocates from three continents (!) and 29 states for more than forty sessions. 

We received a lot of really excellent positive feedback from our attendees! Here are a couple highlights:

"Thank you all for a wonderful conference. You made presenting so easy and were incredibly helpful in a million different ways.  The sessions I attended were inspiring and content-rich - some of the best I have ever attended (and I go to a lot of conferences!)."

"As with last year's conference, I was incredibly impressed with the quality of the organization, presentations, and subject matter areas covered."

INTRODUCING: Self-Care Corner

LAAC members have recently expressed a desire for LAAC to share more self-care trainings and resources. So welcome to our new monthly Self-Care Corner!
  • 10 creative tips for staying healthy while working at a nonprofit 
  • Meditate! If you've been thinking about adding meditation to your day, but you're not really sure how, we recommend trying out an app like Headspace. You can try it for free, and it's one of likely hundreds of meditation apps, but our staff likes that there are simple options at different lengths, like a mediation for a 10-minute run, or a 3-minute meditation to wind down your day. 
LAAC Advocacy Update

LAAC is updating our advocacy website soon to include bill tracking for this session. Two of the bills we're watching are Senator Wieckowski's bill to  require pro bono reporting of all attorneys (which we helped draft) and Assemblymember Gray's bill to  require attorneys to complete 25 hours of pro bono each year - or a $500 buy-out (with many exceptions for legal aid attorneys, newer attorneys, judges, etc.). Both legislators recognize the threats to legal aid funding and past cuts and see their bills as ways to help fund legal aid. Both hope that the requirements (whether reporting or doing pro bono) will result in increased contributions to local legal aid organizations.

Don't wait until next year to fulfill your required CLE:
Check out our FREE upcoming webinars! 

Consumer Series: Part 1
Wednesday, March 7  from noon to 1 p.m.
Alysson Snow, Legal Aid Society of San Diego 
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Monday, March 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Rebecca Watson,  Inner City Law Center
Jessica Mark,  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Andrew Kazakes,  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1.5 hours of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Wednesday, March 21 from noon to 2:00 p.m.
Rodney Holcombe,  Drug Policy Alliance
Eva DeLair, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Kate Weisburd East Bay Community Law Center
Eliza Hersh
Rose Cahn, Immigrant Legal Resource Center
Danica Rodarmel, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
Brittany Stonesifer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
2 hours of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Consumer Series: Part 2
Wednesday, April 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
Alysson Snow, Legal Aid Society of San Diego 
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Consumer Series: Part 3
Wednesday, May 9 from noon to 1 p.m.
Alysson Snow, Legal Aid Society of San Diego 
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

We regularly update our website with more trainings, please be sure to check out our " Upcoming Trainings" page, or find a past webinar under " Archived Trainings." If you are interested in putting on a webinar training through LAAC or have any trainings questions, please contact Jasmine at JSchwabDoyle@laaconline.org.