May 2019
LAAC in Action
Register for Pathways to Justice Conference Today!

Pathways to Justice 2019  is the triannual statewide conference bringing Access to Justice partners and stakeholders together to share best practices and learn about innovations. Court staff, legal aid attorneys, pro bono attorneys, interpreters, and legal academics are all invited! The conference will be on Tuesday, June 4 through Wednesday June 5, with a pre-day of targeted smaller meetings on Monday, June 3. P2J will be held at the Judicial Council of California, Milton Marks Conference Center in San Francisco, CA. More information available  on LAAC's website The State Bar website, or email
LAAC Advocacy Update

LAAC is closely following and supporting 2 important legal aid funding bills: 
  • AB 330 (Gabriel) will expand funding for the Shriver Pilot projects to more than double their current level. 
  • AB 1060 (Gray) will make mandatory the current opt-out of $40 on attorney dues statements to go to funding legal aid.
Thank you to everyone that has already contacted your legislator in support of these bills! If you haven't yet, there is still time. Both bills will go to an Assembly floor vote soon. Contact Lorin Kline at for information about how you can support.
NITA August 2019 - San Diego

LAAC has been working closely with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) to put on regional, multi-day, skills based trainings to help you fulfill all your MCLE requirements in one place! 
LAAC listened to your requests and is bringing NITA training to our members in August 2019 in sunny San Diego! This training will be focused on witness preparation and deposition skills.
Please be on the lookout for a registration announcement soon!  LAAC previously offered NITA trainings, valued at $3,000 per participant, at a deeply discounted rate. The August 2019 training will be  FREE  ( only open to LAAC members)!
Please contact new LAAC Training Associate, Jenna Mowat, with any questions you might have at
LAAC's  Self-Care Corner

In  Jeena Cho's article in the ABA Journal  on lawyers, mindfulness, and rethinking reactions to stress, she discusses the fact that, in our often overwhelming profession, we might not feel like we have the skills or tools to deal with our anxiety and stress that arises on a daily basis. 

We can try to build a practice of mindfulness to allow ourselves more options than just automatic thoughts and behaviors.  Check out the article to learn more about interrupting the steady pattern of anxious thoughts and the ways that we can intentionally create a new normal of thoughtful responses and reactions. 

Check out our FREE upcoming webinars! 

Ending Improper Billing of Dual Eligibles
May 20, 2019 |  12-1 pm
Presented by: 
- Denny Chan, Justice in Aging 
- Marcelo Espiritu, Sourcewise
Register here !

Older Americans Act in Action: Partnering with the Aging Network to Help Your Clients
May 21, 2019 |12-1 pm
Presented by: 
- Faye Gordon, Justice in Aging 
Register here

Fair Chance Housing
May 22, 2019 |12-1 pm
Presented by:
- Sonja Tonnesen, Root & Rebound
- Margaret diZerega, Vera Institute of Justice
- John Jones III, Just Cities
Register here!

Privacy in DVROs and CHROs: New Law to Protect Information of Minors
May 28, 2019 |  12-1 pm
Presented by: 
- Frances Ho, Judicial Council
- Kristi Morioka, Judicial Council
- Shuray Ghorishi, Family Violence Appellate Project
Register here

Oral Health: Connecting Clients to Services
May 29, 2019 | 12-1 pm
Presented by: 
- Amber Christ, Justice in Aging 
- Alexandria Forester, Neighborhood Legal Services, LA
Register here!

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders in California Courts
May 30, 2019 | 12-1 pm
Presented by: 
- Amy Poyer, California Women's Law Center 
- Jennafer  Dorfman Wagner, Family Violence Appellate Project
Register here!

If you are interested in putting on a webinar training through LAAC or have any trainings questions, please contact

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 ." 
New LAAC Training Associate!

LAAC is excited to welcome Jenna Mowat as our new Training Associate! Jenna is deeply committed to expanding equal access to justice and advocating for basic human rights. Prior to joining LAAC, Jenna managed public advocacy campaigns and worked alongside impacted people to fight for new and expanded access to paid family leave. She has also worked as a field organizer for state and national campaigns where she worked with community leaders to increase voter turnout.