December 2017
LAAC in Action
Justice & Diversity Center Provides Relief for North Bay Fire Victims

The  Justice & Diversity Center  is a proud member of the  Bay Area Resilience Collaborative (BARC)  which was formed to give legal assistance in the aftermath of disasters.  The October wildfires in Northern California called BARC to action for the first time.  BARC acted swiftly within the first week and held daily calls to coordinate assistance for people affected by the fires.  Among other things, they launched a hotline to help people with issues such as FEMA claims, public benefits, insurance claims, landlord-tenant questions for rental homes, property damage or loss, and employment.

JDC contributed to the quick efforts to train volunteer attorneys on these topics before they staffed the hotline.  Cary Gold, JDC's Landlord-Tenant Supervising Attorney, recorded a training session on key issues for tenants whose homes were damaged or destroyed.

JDC also took on supervision of the hotline which was hosted at the San Francisco-Marin Lawyer Referral & Information Service.

LAAC Recognizes Senator Nancy Skinner

On Friday, December 1st, LAAC recognized Senator Nancy Skinner  for her leadership in this year's state budget process to secure legal aid funding for low-income Californians. 

In an effort to honor Skinner's commitment to creating access to justice, the LAAC Board and staff presented her with the 2017 Champion of Justice Award at the Oakland office of Disability Rights California.

Senator Skinner was instrumental in championing LAAC's effort to grow the Equal Access Fund (EAF), increasing the total amount of state general fund support to $20 million in both 2018 and 2019.
Legal Aid Holiday Happy Hour!

Happy Holidays!  Join LAAC and other like-minded advocates on Wednesday, December 13th for LAAC's Holiday Happy Hour! We will be meeting at the Telegraph Beer Garden in Uptown Oakland at 5:30 p.m.

Please invite your friends and coworkers! All friends to legal aid are welcome! Forward this info far and wide!  RSVPs are appreciated, but not necessary!

2018 Legal Aid Day in Sacramento

Are you interested in speaking to your legislators about the importance of legal aid? Join LAAC and legal aid lawyers from across the state on a trip Sacramento - we are planning a "Legal Aid" Day in Sacramento in early 2018! 

On our Legal Aid Day at the legislature, we will bring volunteers from legal aid organizations throughout the state to Sacramento to educate legislators about the great work you do for their constituents. With the decreasing number of legislators who are lawyers, it is more important than ever that we communicate how critical your services are in your community. 

If you are interested in learning more about Legal Aid Day or possibly joining us in Sacramento, please sign up here!

More information and the finalized date to come soon!
Staying True to Your Roots 2018

LAAC is a co-sponsor of the annual Staying True to Your Roots training, hosted by National Lawyers Guild - Bay Area Chapter. As a co-sponsor, we can offer you discounted registration.

WHAT:  Staying True to Your Roots Continuing Legal Education (CLE) event featuring a series of panels on pertinent topics in social justice lawyering with 6.5 hours of CLE available.

WHEN: January 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Practising Law Institute - 685 Market St # 100, San Francisco

Take advantage of LAAC's on-demand CLE credits!

MCLE reporting is coming up: don't forget to t ake advantage of LAAC's on-demand credits!

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

Don't wait until January 31st to fulfill your required CLE:
Check out our FREE upcoming webinars! 

Elder Financial Exploitation: Real Estate Fraud Litigation
Monday, January 8 from noon to 1 p.m.
Nicholas Levenhagen, Bet Tzedek Legal Services
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Preventing Gun Tragedies Before They Occur: Understanding California's New Gun Violence Restraining Order Law
Wednesday, January 10 from noon to 1 p.m.
Allison Anderman, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

*Stay tuned for an upcoming webinar series in January on attorneys' fees and consumer practices, presented by Alysson Snow from Legal Aid Society of San Diego.

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