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White House Budget Would Defund Legal Help for Veterans, Seniors, and Children

May 23, 2017

White House Budget Would Defund Legal Help for Veterans, Seniors, and Children

Contact:
Julia R. Wilson
(415) 834-0100 x 306
jwilson@one-justice.org

San Francisco, CA (May 23, 2017) – The budget proposed today by the Trump Administration would end our country’s investment in civil legal aid for the poor, leaving veterans, seniors, and families suffering from solvable legal problems. The White House’s full budget for fiscal year 2018 would provide funding only to support the shutdown of the Legal Services Corporation, which funds civil legal aid for the poor in all 50 states. The Trump Administration’s budget also proposes to eliminate to a federal loan forgiveness program that allows attorneys to choose lives of public service.

“If adopted, this budget would effectively nullify a cornerstone of equal justice in America,” said Julia Wilson, CEO of OneJustice and staff to Californians for Legal Aid. “Our entire legal system would become unaffordable for low-income veterans, seniors, families, and children. Fortunately, Congress has consistently shown strong, bipartisan support for funding the Legal Services Corporation, understanding that civil legal aid is critically important to ensuring our nation’s core values of fairness, justice, and the rule of law.”

The White House released its budget proposal today. The call to end funding for legal aid is on page 98, and the public service loan forgiveness program is on page 129. Both programs ensure that nearly 20% of the U.S. population (over 60 million people) has a level playing field in our court system, even though they cannot afford a lawyer.

“As we continue to make the case for increased funding for legal aid in fiscal year 2018, we are heartened by demonstrated bipartisan Congressional support, as well as the support of leaders in the business and legal communities who have joined the fight. Over 150 heads of U.S. law firms and general counsel from almost 200 companies signed letters stating their support for federal legal aid funding. State Supreme Court Justices, Attorneys General, law school deans, and other civil society leaders have also reinforced the call to continue federal funding for civil legal services.”

Access to our civil justice system is not a luxury. Rather, as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said about the Legal Services Corporation just three years ago, “this organization pursues the most fundamental of American ideals, and it pursues equal justice in those areas of life most important to the lives of our citizens.”

Background on federal funding for civil legal aid for low-income Californians

The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is an independent nonprofit established by Congress in 1974 in recognition that the ability to seek justice through the law—regardless of income level—is fundamental to the fairness of our society. LSC promotes equal access to justice by providing funding to 133 independent nonprofit legal aid organizations throughout the country – including 11 nonprofits in California.

The federal government is the largest funder for legal aid in California; the Legal Services Corporation provides over $44 million per year to fund services for low-income Californians. Over 200,000 Californians access this legal assistance each year. Cutting funding would especially harm California’s rural communities. If rural programs have to close offices, then those Californians will have nowhere else to go.

Legal aid services prevent homelessness, hunger, domestic violence, elder abuse, and death due to inadequate access to health care. Legal aid programs help the most economically disadvantaged members of our community. They protect the lowest-income veterans, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and victims of natural disasters.

Background on loan forgiveness for the attorneys who choose lives of public service

Cutting funding for legal aid will eliminate positions at legal aid programs. Ending the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program will make the few remaining positions unaffordable. Public service loan forgiveness provides attorneys a critical incentive to accept a job in legal aid by forgiving the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. This program is the only reason many attorneys who have high student debt from college and law school can afford to take positions at civil legal aid nonprofits.

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Californians for Legal Aid is a diverse coalition of Californians who believe deeply in justice for all. OneJustice is a statewide nonprofit that brings life-changing legal help to those in need by transforming the civil legal aid delivery system.

Celebrating 10 years of the Justice Bus

 

OneJustice Network,

We are honored to celebrate 10 years of one of our most beloved programs, The Justice Bus. It is with your support that OneJustice has been able to mobilize 3,539 Pro Bono volunteers to host nearly 400 clinics and serve 6,754 Californians in needs across the state. We are indebted to each and every one of you that eagerly rode one or more of these bus rides for justice, partnered with us, or supported financially or in spirit THANK YOU for contributing to the success of this project and for making change possible in our State. Together, we’ve helped thousands of Californians get that life-changing legal help in their most dire times of need. Despite the challenges we face in the political horizon, know that OneJustice is committed to expanding access to justice to every Californian in need despite any stones in our path, one Justice Bus trip at a time. THANK YOU for believing in us and our mission, and for keeping our wheels rolling for years to come.

Bringing even more help to rural Californians

Julia Wilson receives a 2017 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award

Today, the James Irvine Foundation announced that our CEO, Julia Wilson, has been named a 2017 Leadership Award recipient.  The award comes with $200,000 in recognition of Julia and OneJustice’s work broadening access to legal assistance in rural and isolated communities throughout California.

We are all so proud of Julia and the Pro Bono Justice team at OneJustice working to improve the lives of rural Californians.  We’re grateful to the Irvine Foundation for this recognition and support to continue to expand the scale and scope of the rural justice work.

But most of all, we are thankful for the rural legal aid nonprofits and staff who are on the front lines every day, doing heroic work with meager resources.  They are the heart and soul of this work, and the best colleagues and partners one could imagine. California must allocate more funding and more pro bono resources to support these nonprofits – and to reach their client communities.

Help us spread the word on social media, so that we can all inspire new audiences to help expand legal assistance to Californians in need – regardless of where they live.

Read more about Julia and the award here.  Thank you!

Now more than ever

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The world turned upside down

It’s not easy to write this blog post today.

But nothing feels easy today, right?  We’re all worried. 

How do we keep each other safe?  What about the communities already targeted during the campaign? How do we preserve the rule of law and due process, the central components of our collective fight for justice?

Yesterday morning, I think we all woke up stunned.  Here at OneJustice, we wept and hugged and raged.  I think we went through 10 boxes of tissues.

And then today? 

Well, today volunteer attorneys boarded the Justice Bus and headed out to an isolated community to provide free immigration services.  Because that is what we do.  We persevere.  We fight for justice.  We empower.  We serve.

Now, make no mistake – our work is just beginning.  And it won’t be easy:

  • The President Elect has stated that on his first day in office he will cancel the executive action that created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program for young immigrants. The impact of these words was immediate – striking fear into the hearts of young immigrants in this country and changing the advice legal aid and volunteer attorneys must now provide.
  • And now we’ve learned that in late 2005, then-Representative Mike Pence co-authored a budget report calling for the complete elimination of federal funding for civil legal aid.  So I think we know what to expect from this administration.

So the battle lines are being drawn.  We can start to see the shape of the fights to come.

Now, more than ever, we need each other.

Our community – this brave, bold, fierce, committed justice community – is what brings me hope.  What inspires us to move forward.  Together we will rise up, stand up – and it matters.

OneJustice is all in.  We are in this for you.  For our clients.  For our volunteers. For our democracy.  For justice.

And today, more than ever, we need you.  Our very system of civil justice needs you.

Your partnership and your financial support – right now – can make all the difference.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your fierce commitment to preserving civil legal aid and justice for all.

In solidarity,

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Julia R. Wilson
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Frightfully Delightful

Boo! from the OneJustice crew

Even hard core, super serious justice-seekers have to grab some downtime (and cupcakes) to celebrate one of our very favorite holidays!  Today our staff crew gathered for a virtual statewide Halloween party and the highly competitive annual OneJustice costume contest.

And hey – don’t forget that YOU can also join our #costumes4justice contest – just post a Halloween costume selfie on social media using #costumes4justice, and 3 winners will receive a nifty Justice Bus water bottle!

The costume competition was intense today, and the tension was palpable as we counted the votes!  Who would win first place?  The mouse, business cat, or bunny?  The witch or scarecrow? Waldo or Boba Fett?  And should the Los Angeles office get extra points for coordinating their Pokemon Go costumes?  And what should we do about the intensity with which CEO Julia Wilson claims to be able to recite the lyrics of every song in Hamilton: A Musical?

And when the votes were counted, the winners were . .  (drum roll please……)

  • First place San Francisco:  Charlotte’s Webb (aka Claudia Pepe, Community Relations Program Associate who supports both the Justice Bus and Rural Justice Collaborative)
  • First Place Los Angeles: Togepi from Pokemon Go (aka Ariella Morrison, Staff Attorney, who runs the IMPACT LA Project and also works to coordinate pro bono for immigrants seeking to become US citizens)
  • Second Place Overall: Raggedy Ann (aka Katie Pluyment, Healthy Nonprofits Program Associate, who is busy these days supporting both the Executive Fellowship and Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day) and
  • Third Place Overall: Conehead (aka Lyla Bugara, Pro Bono Justice Program Associate, who is hard at work planning the two California Pro Bono Regional Meetings in early 2017)

We hope you’ll enjoy our annual photo montage below, and from all of us at OneJustice, we wish you the most Spooktacular Halloween ever!

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Celebrate good times . . . and good causes!

PrintThat’s right, friends – this week the entire country is celebrating the power of pro bono!  October 23 to 29, 2016 marks National Celebrate Pro Bono week, with service projects, trainings, and more.  You can check out the national Celebrate Pro Bono site here.

Want to get involved during National Pro Bono Week?

Of course you do!  There are lots of opportunities – from happy hours to trainings to ways to volunteer on the ground.  To see the events throughout the state, just check out the Celebrate Pro Bono listings in California here.

Also, we’re thrilled to let you know that the legal services and pro bono organizations in Southern California collaborated to create a comprehensive list of pro bono opportunities throughout that region.  They are making it super easy to plug in – just check out the list below!

Happy Pro Bono – have a wonderful week!

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Free Legal Clinics and Trainings in Southern California

 See below for more information on how to get involved.  Opportunities are listed by legal services organization (in alphabetical order).   Thank you!


Agency: Asian Americans Advancing Justice – LA

Website: Visit http://www.advancingjustice-la.org/get-involved/volunteer-us for the most updated opportunities!

Opportunity: Clinics: Both weekday and weekend opportunities to get involved!

  • Citizenship/naturalization clinics
    • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Fridays in October (10/7, 10/14, 10/21) from 12:30-5 pm at Advancing Justice-LA’s offices downtown
    • 3rd Wednesday in October (10/19) from 9 am – 2 pm at Hacienda La Puente Adult Education in Hacienda Heights
    • 4th Saturday in October (10/22) from 9 am – 2 pm at Advancing Justice-LA’s offices downtown
    • Monthly in-person training: 3rd Wednesday of October from 6-7:30 pm (10/19) at Advancing Justice-LA’s offices downtown. Webinar training also available!
  • Election Day 2016 poll monitoring (Tues 11/8 from 7 am – 9 am)
    • Trainings available on Tues 11/1 from 6-7:30, Thurs 11/3 from 10-11:30 am, Sat 11/5 from 10-11:30 am

To participate, contact Pro Bono Director Christina Yang at cyang@advancingjustice-la.org


Agency:  Bet Tzedek Legal Services

Websitewww.bettzedek.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Conservatorship Clinic

Date:  Mondays
Time:  9:30-12:00
Location:  Los Angeles Law Library
To participate, contact: rettinger@bettzedek.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Advance Planning Clinic

Date:  Third Friday of each month
Time:  10:00-12:00
Location:  Bet Tzedek
To participate, contact:  rettinger@bettzedek.org

Opportunity: Clinic: SSI Overpayment Clinic

Date:  Various, please contact for more information
Time:  TBD
Location:  Bet Tzedek
To participate, contact: rettinger@bettzedek.org


Agency: Casa Cornelia Law Center

Website: http://www.casacornelia.org/

Opportunity: Training & Clinic: DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Training and Clinic

DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) is a type of humanitarian immigration relief that may be requested by certain people who came to the United States as children, and meet several guidelines. Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time.  An individual granted DACA is also granted temporary permission to work lawfully in the United States. This volunteer opportunity is for licensed attorneys.

Date:  During Pro Bono Week 2016; date to be provided at time of registration/inquiry
Times; 3:00pm-7:15pm (approximately), as follows: 4:30pm, mandatory training on the eligibility requirements and processing of DACA applications (1.5 hours of MCLE credit available) | 4:30-4:45pm break | 4:45pm-7:15pm (approximately), consultations with clients, with breaks as needed for snacks, which will be provided.
Location: to be provided at time of registration/inquiry
To participate, contact: Katherine Paculba, Pro Bono Program Director, at kpaculba@casacornelia.org, or 619-231-7788, x304.

Opportunity: Training & Clinic: Victims of Serious Crimes Screening Training and Clinic 

This clinic screens victims of serious crime, including domestic violence victims, for qualification for legal relief – specifically for eligibility for a T Visa (trafficking victims); U Visa (victims of serious crime), or eligibility for relief under VAWA (Violence Against Women Act). This volunteer opportunity is for licensed attorneys.

Date:  During Pro Bono Week 2016; date to be provided at time of registration/inquiry
Time: 3:00-7:00pm, as follows: 3-4pm Training for licensed attorneys to participate in clinic: “Screening for Immigration Remedies for Victims of Crime.” (Mandatory for those who have not previously participated in a Domestic Violence or Victims of Crime Screening Clinic with Casa Cornelia). RSVP required, as space is limited. 1.0 hours of MCLE credit is available. | 4:00-7:00pm: Volunteer Opportunity at Domestic Violence/ Victims of Serious Crimes Clinic
Location: to be provided at time of registration/inquiry
To participate, contact: Katherine Paculba, Pro Bono Program Director, at kpaculba@casacornelia.org, or 619-231-7788, x304.


Agency: Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project

Website: www.Esperanza-la.org

Opportunity: Training: Training for Attorneys (MCLE) – Representing UCs in Removal Proceedings

Date 10/22/16
Time 2:15pm – 3:45pm
Location LA Law Library, 301 West First Street, LA, 90012
To participate, RSVP at website: www.probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/

Opportunity: Informational Session for Potential Volunteers – Learn About Opportunities to Assist Immigrants Facing Deportation

Date 10/22/16
Time 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Location LA Law Library, 301 West First Street, LA, 90012
To participate, RSVP at website: www.probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/

Opportunity: Open House Work Group Meeting  – For Attorneys to Ask Questions and Share Experiences of Removal Proceedings

Date 10/25/16
Time 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, 1530 James M Wood Blvd, 90015
To participate, RSVP to careers@esperanza-la.org

Opportunity: Happy Hour to Celebrate and Recognize Pro Bono

Date 10/27/16
Time 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Monty Bar, 1222 7th Street, LA, 90017
RSVP not required.


Agency: Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. (GBLA)

Website:  www.gbla.org

Opportunity: Clinic:  Veterans Expungement Clinic

Date:  Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time:  1:00-5:00 pm
Location:  GBLA, 615 California Avenue, Bakersfield CA 93304
To participate, contact Adeyinka Glover, aglover@gbla.org


Agency: Immigrant Defenders Law Center

Website: www.immdef.org

Opportunity: Cases: SIJS and unaccompanied minor asylum cases. Training with MCLE credit offered.

To participate, contact: kayleen@immdef.org


Agency:  LACBA Counsel for Justice – AIDS Legal Services Project

Website:  https://www.lacba.org/give-back/aids-legal-services-project

Opportunity: Clinic:  Bimonthly Immigration Clinic –  to provide counsel and advice and pre-screen HIV+ immigrants on a wide range of potential relief including asylum, DACA, family based adjustment of status, naturalizations and U visas .  No ongoing representation required, but appreciated!  Bilingual Spanish/English attorneys in high demand.

Date: fourth Thursday of each month
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Location:  Pico Union area
To participate, contact: AIDS Legal Services Project Director, Laurie Aronoff at laronoff@lacba.org; 213-833-6776


Agency:  LACBA Counsel for Justice  – Veterans Legal Service Project

Website:  http://www.lacba.org/give-back/veterans-legal-services-project

Opportunity:  Clinic: The LACBA Veterans Project depends on dedicated volunteers to deliver legal services to our Veteran clients.  Clinics focus on helping Veterans overcome legal barriers to their employment such as outstanding tickets and warrants and misdemeanor convictions. Clinics last 3 hours and include both a workshop and consultation component.

Date:  monthly
Location: Bob Hope Patriotic Hall
To participate, please apply at: http://www.lacba.org/give-back/veterans-legal-services-project/veterans-projects-volunteer-form


Agency:  LACBA Counsel for Justice – Domestic Violence Legal Services Project

Website: https://www.lacba.org/domestic-violence-legal-services-project

Opportunity: Clinic:  Every day volunteers provide one-on-one assistance to victims, preparing petitions for Temporary Restraining orders.  No representation is required and the Petitioners file In Pro Per.  Work is supervised by LACBA Domestic Violence Project.  COMPUTER PROFICENCY IS REQUIRED.

Volunteers commit to two 3-hour sessions per month for 7 months.  The AM session is from 8:30-11:30, and the PM session is from 1:00-4:00.  All sessions are from Monday-Friday.  (No PM session on Friday).  Volunteers register their hours online.

If you are a law student volunteering to fulfill a required hourly commitment for school or community credit, please advise.

If the volunteer is an attorney, he/she is to be in good standing with the State Bar of California.

To participate, contact: Debbie Kelly, Directing Attorney of Domestic Violence Legal Services Project at dkelly@lacba.org


Agency:  LACBA Counsel for Justice – Small Claims Project

Website:   http://www.lacba.org/need-legal-help/small-claims

Opportunity: Clinic:  The Small Claims Project is a collaboration between LACBA, Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Southwestern Law School, The Civic Mediation Project and several pro bono law firms and attorneys.  Litigants, both plaintiffs and defendants,  first attend a workshop presentation to learn detailed information on small claims procedures.   Following the workshop, volunteer advocates meet with individuals to answer questions and provide additional assistance, such as drafting the complaint and fee waiver forms, identifying the proper defendant in their specific case, discussing how best to accomplish service of process and how best to prepare for the hearing.  It’s a fun way to interact with the community and use your lawyer skills to help folks through what is often a confusing process for them.  NO ongoing representation.

Date: second Thursday of each month
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location:  Southwestern Law School
To participate, contact LACBA Pro Bono Coordinator, Laurie Aronoff at laronoff@lacba.org


Agency: Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

Website: www.lafla.org

Opportunity: Expungement Training for Volunteers – Learn About How to Complete an Expungement or Prop 47 Petition

Date 10/22/16
Time 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Location LA Law Library, 301 West First Street, LA, 90012
To participate, RSVP at website: www.probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/

Opportunity: Clinic: Expungement Clinic (Expungement and Prop 47 petitions)

Date: Second Tuesdays of each month
Time: 6:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.
Location: LA Law Library, 301 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
To participate, contact: rpena@lafla.org
Free Online Training available at: probonotraining.org

Opportunity: Training: Training on Section 8 and Subsidized Housing – Learn about low-income housing assistance programs and services available to tenants with Section 8 vouchers

Date 10/22/16
Time 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location LA Law Library, 301 West First Street, LA, 90012
To participate, RSVP at website: www.probonoweek.lalawlibrary.org/

Opportunity: Clinic: Trial Preparation Clinic for Unlawful Detainers (clinic prepares tenants who are going to trial)

Date: Every Friday
Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm
Location: LAFLA West Office, 1102 Crenshaw Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90019
To participate, contact: rramos@lafla.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Trial Preparation Clinic for Unlawful Detainers (clinic prepares tenants who are going to trial)

Date: Every Friday
Time: 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Location: LAFLA Long Beach Office, 601 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802
To participate, contact: jjaikman@lafla.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Santa Monica Night Clinic (landlord/tenant and consumer issues)

Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: LAFLA Santa Monica Office, 1640 5th St., Suite 124, Santa Monica, CA 90401
To participate, contact: cpena@lafla.org
Free Online Training available at: probonotraining.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Santa Monica Domestic Violence Clinic (family law and domestic violence restraining orders)

Date: Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 8:30-11:00
Location: Santa Monica Courthouse, 1725 Main St. Room 121, Santa Monica, CA 90401
To participate, contact: Rsalinas@lafla.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Long Beach Domestic Violence Clinic

Date: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00  p.m.
Location: Long Beach Courthouse, 275 Magnolia Ave, Long Beach, 90802
To participate, contact: pcohen@lafla.org

Opportunity: Clinic: KABA Legal Clinic in Korean (clinic sees all legal issues, services in English and Korean)

Date: Second Tuesdays of each month
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Karsh Center, 3750 West 6th Street Los Angeles, CA 90020
To participate, contact: pwong@lafla.org. For information, call 323-801-7987

Opportunity: Clinic: Self Help Legal Access Centers

Date: Monday through Thursdays from 8:00-4:30 pm and Fridays from 8:00-12:00
Location: Various Locations: Torrance, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Inglewood Courts
To participate, contact: mlarios@lafla.org

Opportunity: Clinic: LA Can Clinic (clinic sees all legal issues that affect local skid row community)

Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: LA CAN, 838 E 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021
To participate, contact: pwong@lafla.org


 Agency:  Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc.

Website:  www.lassd.org

Opportunity: Clinic:   Power of Attorney & Advance Healthcare Directive

Date:                     October 27, 2016
Time:                     1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Location:              1764 San Diego Avenue, Suite 150, San Diego, CA  92110
To participate, contact: SaraR@lassd.org


Agency: Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.

Website:  www.mhas-la.org

Opportunity: Clinic:   Pasadena Free Legal Clinic, second Tuesday morning of each month, 10:30 am to 1 pm

To participate, contact Pamela Marx, Supervising Attorney, pmarx@mhas-la.org

Opportunity: Clinic:   periodic special education legal check-up clinics, dates to be determined

To participate, contact Pamela Marx, Supervising Attorney, pmarx@mhas-la.org

Opportunity: Training:   Free MCLE/Major Issues in Mental Health Law in 2016

Date:   October 28, 2016
Time:  12 noon
Location:  3255 Wilshire Boulevard #902, Los Angeles 90010
To participate, contact Pamela Marx, Supervising Attorney, pmarx@mhas-la.org


Agency: Public Law Center

Website: www.publiclawcenter.org

Opportunity: Clinic:  Naturalization Fair

Date: 10/15/2016
Time: 9 am – 5 pm
Location: Boat People SOS, 9842 Bolsa Ave #205, Westminster, CA 92683
To participate, contact: Roxana Rosas, rrosas@publiclawcenter.org


Agency: San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Inc.

Website: www.sdvlp.org

Opportunity: Clinic: HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic – Advice/representation on health-related and poverty related legal issues.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016
Time: 5:15 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Location: University Christian Church, San Diego, CA
To participate, contact: Staff Attorney Heather Carmody, hcarmody@sdvlp.org, 619-235-5656 x 105

Opportunity: Clinic: Family Law Clinic – Advice/representation on family law issues.

Date: Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: 3-5:30 p.m. (free MCLE 2-3 p.m.)
Location: San Diego Public Law Library, San Diego, CA
To participate, contact: Managing Attorney Kris Jacobs, kjacobs@sdvlp.org, 619-235-5656 x 111

Opportunity: Clinic: Restraining Order Clinic – Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Civil Harassment.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Thursday, October 27, 2015, Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Downtown Courthouse (Madge Bradley Building), San Diego, CA
To participate, contact: Staff Attorney Bhavani Peesapati-Madero, bpeesapati@sdvlp.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Restraining Order Clinic  – Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Civil Harassment.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Time: Monday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.,  Tuesday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Location: East County – El Cajon Courthouse, El Cajon, CA
To participate, contact: Staff Attorney Emily Kirohn, ekirohn@sdvlp.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Restraining Order Clinic  – Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Civil Harassment.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Thursday, October 27, 2016, Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Location: North County – Vista Courthouse, Vista, CA
To participate, contact: Staff Attorney Laura Handler, lhandler@sdvlp.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Unlawful Detainer/Landlord-Tenant Clinic – Legal information to litigants in unlawful detainer cases and landlord-tenant disputes.

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Thursday, October 27, 2016, Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Location: North County – Vista Courthouse, Vista, CA
To participate, contact: Staff Attorney Nichole Dominguez, ndominguez@sdvlp.org

Opportunity: Clinic: Guardianship Clinic – Advice/representation to low-income grandparents, relative caregivers, and abused, neglected, and abandoned children

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016, Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Thursday, October 27, 2016, Friday, October 28, 2016
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: SDVLP Offices, Downtown San Diego, CA
To participate, contact: Staff Attorney Leslie Mackay, (619) 235-5656 x104, lmackay@sdvlp.org

General questions – contact Pro Bono Manager Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, pijadi@sdvlp.org, (619) 235-5656, ext. 107.


 Agency: SoCal Pro Bono Managers

Website:  https://www.californiaprobono.org/socal

Opportunity: Training:   Free MCLE/Working Effectively in Representation of Clients with Challenging Behaviors

Date:   October 26, 2016
Time:  12:15 pm
Location: 301 W. 1st Street , Los Angeles 90012
To participate, register at http://bit.ly/2cZMmtI


 Agency: The Southern California Collaborative for Medical-Legal Partnership

Opportunity: Training:   Free MCLE/Ensuring Effective Representation of Clients with Challenging Behaviors in Medical/Legal Partnerships

Date:   October 24, 2016
Time:  12:30 pm
Location:  301 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles 90012
To participate, register at http://bit.ly/2cRmH4g

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You did something very special…

Last week, the OneJustice Network came together and brought help, hope, and justice to Californians in need — and we couldn’t be more grateful!

Through the generosity of donors like you, along with law firms, corporations, and our nonprofit partners, we raised over $286,000 to bring mobile legal clinics to four high priority counties: Butte, Solano, Tulare, and San Joaquin.

On behalf of the OneJustice staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and most importantly, the individuals who will receive vital legal help because of your support, thank you!

In case you weren’t able to attend, below are some photos from the inspiring evening, and be sure to visit our Facebook page for the full album!

You can also click here to watch the videos we made for Honorees Suk and Chris and the Fund-A-Need Challenge.

Thank you again for bringing help, hope, and justice to vulnerable communities. We look forward to keeping you informed about the impact your generosity will make!

With appreciation,

The OneJustice Team

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Bridging the justice gap with technology

Rural Immigrant Connect launches its first pilot case.

Over the past few years, the number of human beings fleeing horrifying violence in parts of Central America and Mexico for the U.S. has escalated dramatically. In 2014, the number of women crossing the U.S. border multiplied by more than three times compared to 2013, while the number of separated or unaccompanied children reached over 66,000 in 2014, up from an average of 6,775 children in the years 2003-2011. This stream of refugees fleeing Central America and Mexico has not ceased, and many arrive in California on a daily basis.

IMAGE: Image explaining to clients how Rural Immigrant Connect works.

Image explaining to clients how Rural Immigrant Connect works.

Unfortunately, arriving in the U.S. is only half the battle — not only do immigrants face constant worries about family left behind, but many are placed into deportation proceedings in immigration court, where even very young children are not guaranteed a lawyer. It’s even worse for immigrants who reside in California’s Central Valley, a region with few legal organizations offering services within its vast geographic expanse.

The need for innovative models to connect pro bono attorneys with immigrant clients in rural California has never been greater. Through a generous Equal Justice Works fellowship sponsored by the law firm Fenwick & West LLP, OneJustice recently launched the project Rural Immigrant Connect, putting technology to creative use by connecting pro bono attorneys in the Bay Area with immigrant clients in need in the Central Valley.

Rural Immigrant Connect addresses the dearth of legal representation for low-income immigrants in the Central Valley by tapping the resources of the Bay Area and Silicon Valley, home to law firms and corporations that can provide an incredible amount of resources to serve Central Valley clients. To bridge the geographic gap, the project uses videoconferencing for the majority of communication between pro bono attorneys and clients, following an initial in-person meeting. In addition, OneJustice places laptops at community organizations in the Central Valley to provide clients with easy access and in-person technology support.

Thanks to the wonderful work of Fenwick & West LLP attorneys Vikram Iyengar and Rajendra Panwar with support from Partner Lynn Pasahow and the mentorship of Director and Immigration Attorney Emily Abraham of Social Justice Collaborative, Rural Immigrant Connect took on its first pilot case this spring — leading the way for the marriage of pro bono and technology to bridge the justice gap for immigrant communities throughout the Central Valley.

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Rural Immigrant Connect is more than simply a means through which we can connect more Central American and Mexican refugees in the Central Valley with vital pro bono legal representation. This innovative project also provides us with a means of gathering data regarding the efficacy of videoconferencing to demonstrate a model that can be replicable throughout the U.S. A project like this can bridge the often daunting urban-rural divide separating many rural low-income communities from access to affordable legal services.

Rural Immigrant Connect is at its core a collaborative project that has only been made possible through incredible partnerships with legal services organizations Social Justice Collaborative and Centro Legal de la Raza; community organizations El Concilio and Centro La Familia; the law firm Fenwick & West LLP; and national organization Equal Justice Works. Thanks to the dedication of pro bono volunteers like Vikram and Rajendra, partnerships like those mentioned above, and the collaboration of the OneJustice network, we can work together to bring help, hope, and justice to individuals escaping the violence that continues to plague our neighbors in parts of Mexico and in regions of Central America.

IMAGE: Image explaining to pro bono attorneys how Rural Immigrant Connect works.

Image explaining to pro bono attorneys how Rural Immigrant Connect works.

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Renee_Grid PicRenée Schomp is an Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Fenwick & West LLP and Staff Attorney at OneJustice. She currently spearheads the Rural Immigrant Connect project in California’s Central Valley.