April 2018
LAAC in Action
We're accepting proposals for the 2018 Self-Help & Family Law Conference!

The Judicial Council of California and LAAC have released our Request for Proposals for the 2018 Self-Help & Family Law Conference Please save the date  for  Wednesday, August 22 - Friday, August 24   for  the conference in San Francisco! Registration will be open and up on  our website  soon.

The deadline to submit a proposal is FRIDAY, May 11, 2018Note - we are looking for proposals in housing, consumer law, discovery, language access, probate issues, new partnerships, and many more topics. This conference will likely be much larger than past years, and we hope to see you all there!

LAAC is hiring a program attorney!

We're hiring! Please help us get the word out. LAAC's attorneys are very busy and would love to have someone join us in our exciting  work. We're also looking for a law student to volunteer with us this summer!

Also - if you have friends looking for other legal aid jobs, check out our "Legal Aid Job Opportunities" page, where we regularly update posts with legal aid jobs from all over the state.
LAAC testified in Sacramento about you!

On April 9, we testified at an Assembly Budget Subcommittee hearing about the importance of your work and the need for more funding. LAAC and other advocates have asked for an increase in state general fund support for the Equal Access Fund (which supports legal aid) and that an increase be ongoing. We already have a promise of new funds in the Governor's budget, but that increase is not nearly enough to bridge the justice gap in California. 

Salena, LAAC's ED, testified that in the recent LSC Justice Gap Report, it was shown that 71% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the prior year, including problems with domestic violence, veterans' benefits, disability access, housing conditions, and health care.  86% of the civil legal problems reported by low-income Americans in the past year received inadequate or no legal help. In California, we can assume that MILLIONS of low-income people are receiving inadequate or no legal help for their civil legal problems. 
LAAC Advocacy Update

This session has been very busy, as there are dozens of bills that affect your practice and your clients' lives. Please check out our  newly-redesigned website  to see what bills we are watching (like the mandatory pro bono bill) and what bills we're supporting. You can also see when bills are scheduled, in case you want to listen in to hearings. 

If you want to take a position on any bills, we have many template letters of support, and you generally have to get letters in to committee staff a week before the hearing to be listed as a supporter or in opposition.
Self-Care Corner

Thank you to Yolanda Jackson from the Bar Association of San Francisco for sharing these great resources for coping with vicarious trauma!
Don't wait until next year to fulfill your required CLE:
Check out our FREE upcoming webinars! 

Consumer Series Part 2: From Defense to Offense, Bringing Affirmative Consumer Claims 
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!

  Thursday, May 31  from noon to 1 p.m.
Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson , Record Clearance Project
Brittany Stonesifer , Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Eva DeLair , Legal Services for Prisoners with Children and Prisoner Advocacy Network
1 hour of Ethics CLE credit.  Register here!

Consumer Series Part 3: Beating Medical Debt
Wednesday, June 6 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, so 
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.