September 2017
LAAC in Action
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Introducing... !

We have launched a slack workspace for the California Legal Aid Community. 

Come here to:
  • Find information  
  • Ask legal aid advocates across the state for advice or input
  • Connect with others on substantive legal issues, practical challenges, social gatherings, and more 
  • Make announcements 
  • Ask LAAC questions 
Signing up is easy -  join today! If you work at a LAAC member program,   you can sign up with your organizational email address here!  

Otherwise (or if you have questions), email Lorin at .

LAAC and the Judicial Council  Center for Families, Children & the Courts partner for this two-part Domestic Violence Webinar Series!

This series was made possible due to the support of the Judicial Council Center for Families, Children & the Courts.

Monday, September 25 from noon to 1 p.m.
Jora Trang,  Worksafe
Minty Siu-Kootnikoff,  Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE.  Register here!

Working with LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Abuse
Thursday, September 28 from noon to 1 p.m.
Rebecca Louie,  Bay Area Legal Aid
Fawn Jade Koopman,  Bay Area Legal Aid
Ming Wong,  National Center for Lesbian Rights
1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE.  Register here!

LAAC Advocacy Update

We want *you* to get to know your local legislator! LAAC is launching an ambitious campaign to support all of our members as you build relationships with your state lawmakers.
In the coming weeks, we'll be contacting executive directors, sharing toolkits, talking points, and best practices as we help legislators learn about your work. Only 14% of state legislators are attorneys, so many of them do not know how important your work may be to their low-income constituents. 

This year, we had the opportunity to meet with many legislators, educating them about your work as we advocated for more legal aid funding, and we intend on building that funding again next year. This year's efforts would not have been successful without the participation of many of you who reached out at key times. THANK YOU! And let's do it again! 

Contact Lorin Kline ( if you want to learn more and don't want to wait for our next newsletter.

New Resource for Advocates Who Work With Immigrants

The Governor's Office has launched an online clearinghouse called the "California Immigrant Guide" that provides information on state-funded programs benefiting immigrants in California. The website can be found at .

In an effort to centralize existing information, the California Immigrant Guide links to state agency webpages with useful information on programs and services for immigrants. The website is ADA compliant and is translated into the most commonly spoken languages by immigrants and refugees in California: Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. The website currently highlights four main program areas: Learn English, Find Jobs and Training, Education, and Legal Help and Citizenship.

Given the recent rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, the website has information for DACA grantees on accessing legal services to renew, as well as information on the impact of this decision on key state programs.
Have you tried out  yet?   

The California Pleading Bank is a free forum to post, search, and download Federal and State pleadings to share with colleagues across the state.  This site was made for YOU - only attorneys at an IOLTA-funded legal aid nonprofit can join, with a few exceptions for non-IOLTA LAAC members.

As we enter into a new year and a new political climate, it important for all of us to work together to help our organizations and clients thrive. As the unified voice for California's legal aid community, LAAC hopes to facilitate a forum that will provide tangible help to other legal aids and law school clinics.

Help support the future of legal aid. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to connect and share with other current and future legal services attorneys by  signing up for FREE with your organization email address.  As a thank you for your participation, LAAC will be offering 1 $20 Amazon gift card to one randomly selected person that posts a pleading between now and December.

If you have any questions, please contact Lorin Kline at  Learn more about the Pleading Bank

Save the Date: Traveling Training in Fresno on 11/6

Agenda to be released soon.  Check here for more details
Don't wait until January to fulfill your require CLE - we have tons of FREE upcoming webinars! 

Help for Self-Represented Domestic Violence Victims in Family Court
TBD in October from noon to 1 p.m.
Amanda Kay,  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 
1 hour of general CLE.   Register here!

Wednesday, October 11 from noon to 1 p.m.
Linda Kilb, Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund 
1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE. Register here!

Conquering Court Debt: Arguing "Ability to Pay" in Traffic Court
Monday, October 16  from noon to 1 p.m.
Brittany Stonesifer, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children
Devon Porter, ACLU - Southern California
Theresa Zhen, East Bay Community Law Center
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register now!

Wednesday, October 18 from noon to 1 p.m.
Allison Anderman, Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Best Practices for Providing Legal Services and Legal Education in Prisons and Jails
Thursday, November 2 from noon to 1 p.m.
Eva DeLair,  Legal Services for Prisoners with Children 
Rachel Hoerger,  Bay Area Legal Aid 
Emily Juneau, Root & Rebound
Holly Leonard,  Harriett Buhai Center For Family Law 
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

New Horizons for Students with Disabilities: Implications from the SCOTUS decision in Endrew v. Douglas County School District
Tuesday, December 5 from noon to 1 p.m.
Arlene Mayerson,  Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund 
1 hour of Elimination of Bias CLE.  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
Legal Aid "SSI Summit" on Oct 13 in a city near you!

Registration is now open for the SSI summit on  Friday, October 13, 2017 from  9:30am-3:30pm!

Justice in Aging, Bay Area Legal Aid, Inner City Law Center, and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles are pleased to sponsor this all-day summit for SSI legal services advocates. Learn more about emerging issues in SSI, and connect with others across the state advocating for the older adults and people with disabilities who rely on the program.

We will have sessions on due process and other post-eligibility problems, SSI advocacy for individuals who are homeless including discussion of the Housing and Disability Advocacy Program, advocacy on consultative examiners and the disability determination process including discussion of the recent Hart class action settlement, and a roundtable discussion of emerging issues.

The summit will be in-person at Disability Rights California offices across the state (Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno, Los Angeles, and San Diego). Register now!