April 2021

My Fellowship Year at Community Legal Aid SoCal by Janista Lee

April 30, 2021

Janista Lee is currently working as a staff attorney at Community Legal Aid SoCal for one year on a Fellowship from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.  She originally wrote this blog post as a first in a series for Orrick.

Community Legal Aid SoCal Successfully Advocates for Lift of Federal Stay in Social Security Administration Cases

April 23, 2021

The order to stay cases against the Social Security Administration (SSA) was lifted by the Central District of California after successful advocacy by Community Legal Aid SoCal’s (CLA SoCal) attorneys.

March 2021

“Know Your Rights” Online Presentations on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) & SSI linked Medi-Cal

March 18, 2021

CLA SoCal's Economic Maintenance Unit advocates are offering online Zoom presentations about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and SSI linked Medi-Cal in April, May, June 2021, 10 am - 11 am.

Rental Assistance Deadlines Coming Up Soon for Tenants in Irvine & Anaheim!

March 4, 2021

Information about rental assistance deadlines as of March, 2021.

February 2021

My Father by Anthony Filer, Directing Attorney, CLA SoCal

February 18, 2021

I love it when someone asks me how I ended up being a public interest attorney.  It gives me a chance to tell my father’s story.  And not just the story about his persistence with taking the California Bar Exam, but the story of how he ended up wanting to be an attorney, and how that story got me where I am today.

Q & A — Attorney Sarah Yanez on Human Trafficking

February 8, 2021

Community Legal Aid SoCal immigration attorney Sarah Yanez engages in a Q & A about the program's work for survivors of human trafficking.

January 2021

Courts Urged to Do More to Protect Workers as Virus Ravages LA County — Courthouse News Service

January 26, 2021

Kate Marr, CLA SoCal Executive Director is quoted in an article by Nathan Solis, Courthouse News Service. She describes our staff's experience in the courthouses.

CLA SoCal’s Updated Operations & Info in Response to COVID-19

January 22, 2021

In English & Spanish, CLA SoCal's 1/22/21 Update about Operations & Response to COVID-19, including FAQs for clients seeking assistance.

December 2020

Trouble with your Pandemic EBT card (P-EBT) showing a $0 balance? Please read!

December 4, 2020

P-EBT cards not used for 180 days may become dormant. This offers guidance in English and Spanish about what to do if your card shows $0 balance.

October 2020

Domestic Violence, a Hidden Side Effect of the Pandemic

October 20, 2020

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Kate Marr, Executive Director writes, "There is a side effect of the pandemic that is not necessarily in plain sight, except to those who are directly affected by it. Long an issue, a crime, that goes in and out of the spotlight, incidents of Domestic Violence have not been as visible in the news and on social media during the pandemic as the that of (un)employment and housing concerns."

September 2020

CLA SoCal’s Updated Operations & Info in Response to COVID-19

September 14, 2020

In English & Spanish, CLA SoCal's 9/14/20 Update about Operations & Response to COVID-19, including FAQs for clients seeking assistance.

July 2020

CLA SoCal’s Updated Response to COVID-19

July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020, Santa Ana, CA -- This is Community Legal Aid SoCal's updated response to COVID-19, with FAQs and resources. Procedures are in place to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of our clients, staff, and volunteers.

June 2020

Community Legal Aid SoCal Calls for Compliance by Orange County Skilled Nursing Facilities

June 16, 2020

Santa Ana, CA, June 16, 2020 – Today, Community Legal Aid SoCal (CLA SoCal) called upon the County of Orange to release the COVID-19 testing plans required to be submitted by operators of skilled nursing facilities (SNF).

Say Their Names

June 3, 2020

The recent violent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and countless others before, along with the seemingly disproportionate response from governmental agencies to the resulting peaceful protests, have impacted all of us at Community Legal Aid SoCal. On behalf of our program, I want our colleagues, clients, volunteers, supporters, and community partners to know that as we say their names, we stand with you in condemnation of these horrific killings.

May 2020

FAQs — Orange County Small Claims & the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 13, 2020

FAQs in English & Spanish for those who have small claims cases or issues, including questions specific to the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19 — Updated!

May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020, Santa Ana, CA -- Though our physical locations are closed until further notice, we are continuing to serve our clients via telephone interviews and consultations.  Our Hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration. Click for updated details and resources in English and Spanish.

April 2020

FAQs — Incapacity Planning

April 29, 2020

FAQs about Incapacity Planning, covering Durable Power of Attorney, a Living Trusts, a Conservatorships, and an Advanced Healthcare Directive. In English and Spanish.

FAQs – Limited Conservatorship, General & COVID-19 Specific

April 27, 2020

FAQs about Limited Conservatorships, both general & COVID-19 specific. A limited conservatorship is a court proceeding where a judge gives a responsible person, called a limited conservator, certain rights to care for another adult who has a developmental disability. In English & Spanish.

FAQs — Restraining Orders for Elder Abuse during the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 22, 2020

Information and guidance about elder abuse and how to secure a restraining order during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. In English & Spanish.

FAQs — Property Taxes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 16, 2020

For homeowners with questions about their property taxes during the COVID-19 pandemic, CLA SoCall staff offer answers & guidance, in English & Spanish.

FAQs About Frauds & Scams — COVID-19 Related & General

April 15, 2020

General FAQs about scams and frauds as well as those specific the COVID-19 pandemic, in English and Spanish.

FAQs About the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Issues

April 10, 2020

FAQs, in English & Spanish, about the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Immigration Issues, including public charge, cash rebate under CARES act, immigration hearings & appointments, and ICE operations & detention centers.

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19 – Updated!

April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020, Santa Ana, CA -- Our physical locations are closed until further notice.  However, we are continuing to serve our clients via telephone interviews and consultations.  Our Hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration. Click for updated details and resources in English and Spanish.

CLA SoCal Response — Updated!

April 3, 2020

April 3, 2020, Santa Ana, CA -- Our physical locations are closed until further notice.  However, we are continuing to serve our clients via telephone interviews and consultations.  Our Hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration. Click for updated details and resources in English and Spanish.

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19, Updated 4-1-20

April 1, 2020

April 1, 2020, Santa Ana, CA -- Our physical locations are closed until further notice.  However, we are continuing to serve our clients via telephone interviews and consultations.  Our Hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration. Click for updated details and resources in English and Spanish.

March 2020

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19 w/ Updated Resources 3-27-20

March 27, 2020

Our physical locations are closed until further notice.  However, we will continue to serve our clients via telephone interviews and consultations.  Our Hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration. Resources for the community are provided on this page.

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19, Updated 3-23-20

March 23, 2020

As of Wednesday, March 18th our physical locations are closed until further notice.  However, we will continue to serve our clients via telephone interviews and consultations.  Our Hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration.

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19, Updated 3-18-20

March 18, 2020

IMPORTANT UPDATE in English & Spanish: As of 5 pm, Wednesday, March 18th, our physical locations will be closed until further notice.  However, we will continue to serve our clients via telephone appointments.  Our hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration.

CLA So Cal Response to COVID-19, Updated 3-16-20

March 16, 2020

As of Friday, March 20th physical locations will be closed until further notice.  However, we will continue to serve our clients via telephone appointments.  Our hotline number (800-834-5001) will stay open through the duration.

CLA SoCal Response to COVID-19

March 13, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Community Legal Aid SoCal has enacted procedures to protect the safety, health, and wellbeing of our clients, staff, and volunteers.

February 2020

Thurgood Marshall Justice Center — Supporting Our Community

February 25, 2020

When Community Legal Aid SoCal’s Thurgood Marshall Justice Center opened its doors in Compton in the fall of 1993, the city and other parts of the greater Los Angeles region were still recovering from the spring 1992 civil disturbances sparked by the verdict in the Rodney King case.  The establishing of the Thurgood Marshall Justice Center was, in fact, a part of that recovery.

August 2019

Lawyer Referral Service — Providing Those Ineligible for Our Services with Access to Representation

August 14, 2019

Marla (name changed) was in urgent need for help with a family law matter — child and spousal support.  She called our hotline for assistance and found that though she was of modest means, she was not quite eligible for our services.  This could have stopped her in her tracks had not the intake screener been able to send her to our Lawyer Referral Service (LRS).

February 2019

Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services re-brand to become Community Legal Aid SoCal

February 1, 2019

Following 60 years serving residents in southern California, the new branding unifies the organization under one name.

January 2019

The Unlawful Detainer Workshop at Central Justice Center — A Vital Resource for Tenants Facing Eviction

January 10, 2019

Tenants who are served with an eviction lawsuit (unlawful detainer or UD) are often at a loss about how to respond in their case.  The Unlawful Detainer (UD) Workshop, conducted through a partnership between The Superior Court of California and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC), was created to address this issue.

October 2018

Honoring Our Roots in the Orange County Bar Association

October 9, 2018

The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) have a long and rich history in the county. LASOC traces its roots and existence to the OCBA.

July 2018

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY AND COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES CELEBRATES VICTORY FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS OF COSTA MESA

July 23, 2018

COSTA MESA, CALIF. (July 23, 2018) – Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services (LASOC-CLS), a private non-profit that provides legal advice, counseling and representation to low income individuals on various civil matters, today announced a major victory for low-income tenants displaced from residential motels by municipal action.

Free Online Dispute Resolution Available for Orange County Small Claims Cases

July 20, 2018

Santa Ana, CA- The Legal Aid Society of Orange County has created an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) system for Small Claims cases filed in the Orange County Superior Court. The system was developed in collaboration with the Court and funded by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. It is a free, convenient way for parties to resolve a Small Claims dispute online before trial. The service became available June 30, 2018 at odr.legal-aid.com.

LASOC-CLS ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

July 20, 2018

At its July Board of Directors meeting, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County – Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County (LASOC-CLS) welcomed its new executive leadership for 2018-2019: Roman Darmer, Brian Berggren, Debora Rodriguez, Douglas B. Davidson, Alan Slater, Adriana Moreno, Esther Morales and Lei Lei Wang Ekvall.

June 2018

Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services (LASOC-CLS) achieves victory in court on behalf of low-income residents of Huntington Beach.

June 26, 2018

In March 2018, plaintiffs in Kennedy Commission v. Huntington Beach filed a First Amended Petition in Superior Court, alleging that the City of Huntington Beach violated housing laws by adopting a specific plan amendment that prevents affordable housing from being built in the city. The city’s decision makes it even more difficult for low-income Huntington Beach residents to find housing in the city.

March 2018