January 2018
LAAC in Action
Legal Aid Day in Sacramento:  February 27, 2019

Are you interested in speaking to legislators about the importance of legal aid? Join us in Sacramento next month!
  
LAAC's Day in Sacramento will build on the success of last year's event in making sure 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 the importance of the work you do every day. 

Date: February 27, 2019
Location: State Capitol in Sacramento

Just like last year, LAAC staff will prepare absolutely everything you need for an easy and effective day of communicating the value of legal aid. 

Please direct any questions you might have to Zach Newman at  znewman@laaconline.org.
LAAC Advocacy Update

The Governor's January Budget included plenty of good news for low-income Californians.  
 
We encourage you to check out many of the alerts that come from the budget experts in our community - below are a few:

Staying True to Your Roots
 
LAAC is excited to be a co-sponsor of the "Staying True to Your Roots" National Lawyers Guild event, once again. Remember, if you're staff at a LAAC member organization, you are eligible for the member discount!

Enjoy nearly 4 hours of CLE credit, including Ethics and Competency, with other progressive lawyers!

January 25th, 2019 8:30 a.m.  to  5:00 p.m.
Practising Law Institute -  685 Market Street, Suite 100,  San Francisco CA   94103



LAAC's  Self-Care Corner

Many of us make resolutions in the new year - some are intention-setting for a happier and less busy life, while some may be as specific as reading a particular number of books.  
 
One that Salena, LAAC's ED, recommends, is to seek and share things that make you happy.  
 
So, Salena is sharing this AMAZING video of Katelyn Ohashi on UCLA's gymnastics team, which is making the rounds on Facebook and Twitter. Her joy is contagious. 

Happy New Year...we hope! It's supposedly a time for good cheer, but the holiday time in the legal aid world can be rough. Plus, if you're in the current CLE compliance period, you might be scrambling for credits.

Here's some good news. Mindfulness was recently named by the ABA as a foundational practice for resilience and well-being. And for a few months,  Warrior One is offering legal aid lawyers and support staff deep discounts on two online mindfulness programs to increase effectiveness and well-being. NOTE THE MCLE PACKAGE IS PARTICIPATORY CREDIT!

Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers® Beginning Inquiry  is a 6-course program that offers a deep dive into classical mindfulness as it relates to the issues lawyers and other advocates face daily. Offered in a series of short videos, the program includes written materials and over a dozen, downloadable, guided meditations. The corporate price for Beginning Inquiry is $225, but through March 31st, 2019, legal aid attorneys and staff can take the program for just $55, through the LAAC website!
 
Essential Mindfulness for Lawyers® Basic Training  is also a 6-course program, but you can get six California MCLE credits in this program, including one in elimination of bias, one in competence, and FOUR IN ETHICS! The program offers solid mindfulness instruction, guided meditations, and written materials, and ties mindfulness to the specifics of lawyering. Instead of $295, you can take this training and get all six MCLE credits for just $75 through January 31, 2019.
 
MCLE + mindfulness = happier, more resilient, more effective lawyering. Spread the word to your colleagues. Give yourself the gift of mindfulness this season - you deserve it.
 
Go to http://laaconline.org/warrior-one/  to sign up (please ONLY share other legal aid workers).

Need last minute MCLE?
Check out our FREE upcoming webinars! 

If you are interested in putting on a webinar training through LAAC or have any trainings questions, please contact us at trainings@laaconline.org.

Preparing, Settling and Conducting Public Benefits Fraud and Overpayment Hearings
Thursday, January 24 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenters:
Christina Vazquez,  Bay Area Legal Aid
Stephen Goldberg,  Legal Services of Northern California
1 hour of general CLE credit.  Register here!

Sexual Discrimination, Harassment and Assault: A Primer on Federal and State Law Claims
Wednesday, January 30 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Presenters:
Jenna Gerry, Legal Aid at Work
Amy Poyer, California Women's Law Center
1 hour of general CLE credit. Register here!

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 ." 
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