August  2017
LAAC in Action
Homeless Action Center's Dedicated Attorneys Are Passionate About Public Benefits Advocacy

In these troubling times of ever-increasing homelessness in the Bay Area and fearful uncertainty about the federal safety net,  there is a group of dedicated attorneys serving the neediest of Alameda County, helping them obtain the benefits that they are entitled to . These attorneys work for the  Homeless Action Center (HAC) , an under-the radar but very significant community fixture for the last 26 years. Much of their work is focused on obtaining federal SSI benefits for their clients, an often long and cumbersome legal process. Read more about HAC here!
We'll miss you, Tim!

After three years with us, Tim Ng - our program associate and tech whiz - has left LAAC (but continues his work in the nonprofit world, now for Earthjustice!) 

Because of this, LAAC is now hiring! We are seeking a part-time program assistant to continue Tim's previous work with and more. 

Know the perfect person? Check out the job posting  and tell them to contact us! While you're at it, take a look at our new Legal Aid Job Opportunities page, where we collect all the legal aid jobs we hear about from our members and others. Email Jasmine at if you have a job opening you need posted!
Need help on any of your grants or contracts?

LAAC has contracted with many of our member organizations or other stakeholders to provide services to our community. Because we have the expertise and a strong network of contacts, we are easily able to provide services that may help you as you apply for your next grant. Get more info.

Julie Aguilar Rogado, Deputy Director of Legal Services of Northern California, partnered with LAAC for seven years on a federal grant, and shared, " LAAC was an invaluable partner in our statewide senior legal services pilot project. Their coordination of training, data compilation and outcomes reporting helped us engage senior legal services providers statewide to improve the quality and efficiency of legal services delivery for older adults.  LAAC's connections to support centers, field programs, government agencies and national advocacy leaders enable it to facilitate truly effective and efficient collaborative work that results in concrete change for client communities."

Please contact us to get more information on these services: 
  • In-Person Training
  • Online Training
  • Convening
  • Advocacy
Other services we can provide:  collect and analyze data, organize focus groups, create statewide online tools, share best practices in legal aid technology, negotiate discounts to save your organization money, and help you strengthen your network when grants require new collaborations. 
Interested in becoming a judge? Then you can't miss this...

LAAC is so excited to bring you this  FREE  training to learn more about the judicial appointments process. We want to foster strong support for legal aid attorneys and court self-help staff who are interested in becoming judges.  PLUS we have an additional much-requested one hour session on working with millennials. 2 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE plus 1 hour of general CLE credit available.   Register here !
Thank you for your service to legal aid, award winners!

A huge congratulations to the three Family Law Award recipients from our Family Law and Self-Help Conference on July 24 in Los Angeles! From left to right: Grace Mitsuhata, Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law and Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, and Courtney Black, Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice who both won the pro bono award, and to Kimberly Aston-Young, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles for her work in LAFLA's self-help center! Learn more about the Family Law Awards here.

And thank you to Gabrielle Gee, UC Hastings '19, our 2017 Dan Bradley Fellow who was able to work at  Legal Aid of Marin this summer because of this Fellowship.

"Many clients come to Legal Aid feeling defeated when they are told they must move out of their home. Working with a Legal Aid lawyer empowers these clients to negotiate fair and just terms, whether they end up staying or moving out."  - Gabrielle Gee

Learn more about the Dan Bradley Fellowship here.
Check out these upcoming trainings! 

Friday, September 15 from 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where: 1000 Broadway, Ste 109, Oakland, CA 94607
Cost: $50 for LAAC members; $75 general
3 hours of general CLE credit available. 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!

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!

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