February 2020
Legal Aid Day in Sacramento is March 9th! TOMORROW is the LAST DAY to register! 

Come tell legislators about why your work is so critical to low-income Californians! Sign up today.

LAAC's Day in Sacramento will build on the success of previous events in ensuring lawmakers in Sacramento hear the legal aid community's collective voice. LAAC is mobilizing volunteers from legal aid organizations across California to meet with legislators and explain how legal aid is part of a safety net of services. 

Date: March 9, 2020
LocationState Capitol in Sacramento

LAAC staff will prepare absolutely everything you need for an easy and effective day of communicating the value of legal aid.  No previous experience necessary. 

Please direct any questions to Zach Newman at  znewman@LAAConline.org.
April 2020 NITA Registration

We are excited to open registration for the April 2020 training! We will be holding the training on  Monday, April 6 - Wednesday, April 8, 2020  at  San Joaquin College of Law.

LAAC has been working on making this training completely free to staff from our member organizations. We are proud to announce this NITA pro bono training will be 
FREE OF CHARGE! This training has a value of $2,900 per person. 

Registration will remain open on a first-come, first-served basis.  Register here!

We will also host at least two additional NITA trainings this year, one in August in Southern California and one in Winter 2020 in Northern California. We will provide additional details as they become available.

NITA Trainings are exclusively for LAAC Member organizations that are current with their dues. Thank you for being a member! 
Join the Legal Aid Association of California for our 5th Annual Tech Summit!

Registration is open for the 5th Annual Technology Summit on  March 25, 2020 in San Francisco.

This year's summit will focus on everyday technologies and their role in supporting your work. Sessions will include discussions of disability access, disaster preparedness, office technology management, data sharing, web content design, and so much more.  Register here!

If you have questions or are interested in presenting, please contact Senior Program and Technology Associate, Theo Ser-Ramin at  tser-ramin@LAAConline.org.

*Early bird registration ends March 18, 2020. 
Welcome Jackie! 

Jacqueline Rodriguez joined LAAC in January of 2020 as an Administrative Assistant. She is passionate about educational equity and hopes to fight and advocate for low-income communities through Teach for America. Jackie graduated from Cal in 2019 with a degree in Sociology. Currently, she is a JusticeCorps member assisting self-represented litigants in court-based self-help centers by providing legal information to litigants regarding DVROs. She is also the Vice President of Education and Training at the Berkeley Student Co-ops, working towards providing quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to university students, who would not otherwise have access, or be able to afford a university education.

Please contact Jackie at jrodriguez@LAAConline.org.
Welcome Linda!

Linda joined LAAC in February of 2020 as the Technology and Program Assistant. She received her AA Degree from Cabrillo College and is a current undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, where she is studying to receive her BA Degree in legal studies.  Linda has a heartfelt passion for advocating for equal rights, especially in marginalized communities, and is also passionate about promoting women's rights. In her free time, Linda enjoys going to the gym, watching movies, reading, and hanging out with her dogs, Toby and Jet. 

Please contact Linda at lfernandez@LAAConline.org.
Welcome Back Reann!

Reann joined LAAC in February of 2020 as an Advocacy Associate.  She graduated from University of California, Berkeley in 2018 with a B.S. in Conservation and Resource Studies & B.A. in Legal Studies. In undergrad, Reann interned with a number of nonprofits, including LAAC. She is passionate about environmental justice and how it impacts marginalized communities. In her free time, you can find Reann reading in a cozy spot under the sun or in a cafe, and riding her bike around town with friends. 

Please contact Reann at rpacheco@LAAConline.org.
Recruitment and Retention Report

LAAC's Recruitment and Retention Study Report is complete and  available here

Justice at Risk  provides an extensive look at legal aid's recruitment and retention issues. The report is the result of surveys of current attorneys, former attorneys, and Executive Directors, as well as focus group interviews with law students. It offers an in-depth analysis of the problem and recommendations for possible solutions.
State Bar of California Releases Justice Gap Report

The State Bar of California has released its findings on the "justice gap" in California. The report includes: an  Executive Summary that covers key findings, the  Full Report, a  Technical Report, and a  sub-report on Public Interest Drift in law schools. For those working in this sector, the numbers aren't surprising, but provide an objective look at the lack of access to justice in California. A few standout statistics:
  • 60 percent of low-income Californians experience at least one civil legal problem each year.
  • 85 percent of low-income Californians receive no or inadequate legal help.
  • Just 30 percent of low-income Californians who sought help from legal aid had their issue fully resolved (of those who could not be served, reasons included insufficient organizational resources, problem type not aligning with the organization's or priorities, or eligibility issues).
  • 41 percent of those fully served by legal aid received a limited level of service, such as brief advice or document preparation.
Save The Date: Mindfulness Retreat!

Save the date,  May 18, 2020 ,  for our next Mindfulness Retreat at Green Gulch in Marin. 

We will send out registration and additional details as they become available. Please reach out to Training Coordinator, Jenna Mowat, at jmowat@LAAConline.org if you have any questions, or would like to be notified when registration opens. 
Upcoming live webinars:

Monday, April 20, 2020 |12:00 - 1:00 pm |  1 hour general CLE,  Register here.
Presented by: 
-  Linda Kilb, Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund (DREDF) 
-  Rachael Langston, Legal Aid at Work (LAAW)

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 |12:00 - 1:00 pm |  CLE Credit: TBD,  Register here.
Presented by: 
- Ted Bilich, Founder and CEO Risk Alternatives LLC

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 |12:00 - 1:00 pm |  0.5 hour general, 0.5 ethics CLE,  Register here.
Presented by: 
- Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson, SJSU Record Clearance Project

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 |12:00 - 1:00 pm | 1 hour general CLE,  Register here.
Presented by: 
- Margaret (Peggy) Stevenson, SJSU Record Clearance Project

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'd like to submit a webinar proposal please fill out this form, or email trainings@LAAConline.org.