October 2017
LAAC in Action
Disaster Preparedness for Legal Aid Attorneys

In light of the fires in Northern and Southern California, LAAC is working with local legal aid organizations to make sure we are sharing the most helpful information with the public through LawHelpCA. We also want to make sure our members feel supported as everyone plans for current and future disasters.

At a glance benefits your clients might be eligible for:
  • disaster CalFresh (after the state requests authority for it)
  • replacement CalFresh (additional CalFresh benefits to replace items destroyed by a disaster)
  • expedited CalFresh (getting CalFresh within 3 business days)
  • immediate need CalWORKs
  • CalWORKs homeless assistance (disaster is an exception to the once per year limit on homeless assistance)
  • CalWORKs non-recurring special needs (which can include actual cost of replacing item, repairs to home, moving and storage costs),
  • good cause for Welfare-to-Work issues caused by disasters.
  • Disaster unemployment Insurance
You can find more resources on disaster assistance and recovery at LawHelpCA.org under "Find Legal Information For Your Issue". We also launched a new disaster relief button under "Search for Legal Help" to take you to our latest resources on disaster relief.

Please contact David Latt ( dlatt@laaconline.org) if you would like to add any useful resources for disaster assistance.

Free Disaster Preparedness Trainings from PLI

Are you looking for resources for your staff and volunteers to prepare for the current and next disaster? Check out PLI's disaster preparedness training on legal aid issues. Survivors of these fires will need help to resolve legal issues related to the disaster.  In the FREE program, you will learn about the most common post-disaster legal issues, and how to provide brief phone assistance to disaster legal helpline callers, in-person assistance through legal services help desks located at Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs), or pro bono representation. [Note that this training pre-dates the 2016 law providing additional protections with fair practices standards for insurance providers.]

PLI has great resources, find them here and here.
The NEW LawHelpCA.org is here!

The new  LawHelpCA.org  is now live. LawHelpCA is California's statewide resource and referral website for Californians with legal needs and questions.  LAAC staffs the site and makes sure we give accurate legal information and helpful referrals to your programs.

In our effort to increase language access, you can now browse the new site in six languages: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean, Mandarin, Tagalog and Russian! In addition to English, we also have hundreds of resources in Spanish, Mandarin, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean, Russian, and Arabic. 

Note that the site has been machine-translated into these languages, and we are currently working with volunteers to correct any wrong or confusing translations. Please do not hesitate to let us know if you see a strange translation!

Please contact our new Program Associate David Latt ( dlatt@laaconline.org), if you have any questions, feedback, or have any additional resources/ content you think we should share on LawHelpCA.org.

Follow us on  Twitter and  Facebook to get updates on the latest resources. 

October is #Campaign4Justice Month!

The Campaign for Justice is a statewide project, comprised of advocates from the State Bar, legal aid groups, and law firms, in support of increasing funding for legal aid organizations.

Let everyone know of your support for #CA4Justice and the Justice Gap Fund by liking the Campaign for Justice Facebook page, and sharing the image below to your networks with #CA4Justice!

Last Chance to Register for the Directors of Litigation and Advocacy & Support Center meeting on 10/18!

Our Fall 2017  Directors of Litigation and Advocacy/ Support  Center meeti ng will take place on  Wednesday, October 18th at video conference locations in Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Fresno, and San Diego. A big thank you to Disability Rights California for the use of their offices!

Who should attend? 
*        Anyone holding the position of a Director of Litigation or Advocacy, or anyone in a similar role (leading litigation efforts and strategy) at a field program or a support center.
*       Support center leadership or staff (one person per organization is sufficient).

For more information or an agenda, please contact Lorin Kline at LKline@laaconline.org.

Want to doodle your way to increased #access2justice ? 
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Register now! Traveling Training in Fresno on 11/6

Don't wait until January to fulfill your required CLE - we have tons of FREE upcoming webinars! 

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

Help for Self-Represented Domestic Violence Victims in Family Court
Monday, October 30  from noon to 1 p.m.
Amanda Kay,  National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 
1 hour of general CLE.   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 JSchwabDoyle@laaconline.org.