5th Annual LAM Jam for Justice – Celebrating 60 years of Legal Services
This year Legal Aid of Marin invites you to join us in celebrating our 60th year of legal services for the vulnerable population of our community. Please join us at a run-of-the-house event at Terrapin Crossroads for dinner, drinks, and dancing.
Our special honorees at the event will be the Honorable Roy O. Chernus and Renee R. Chernus, in gratitude for their years of service to and support of the organization.
We will also be thanking Nancy Murphy for her many years of dedicated work for the organization and wishing her all the best in retirement.
We will be honoring others in our first ever “Lammy” Awards. Move over, Grammy and Bammies!
LAM and MCBA to co-host 2018 Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon on Wed. March 28
Legal Aid of Marin and the Marin County Bar Association are proud to co-host the 2018 Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon honoring our community’s outstanding pro bono providers of the past year. The special awards luncheon will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 28 in the Four Points by Sheraton in San Rafael.
Featured keynote speaker, attorney J. Timothy Nardell (Nardell Chitsaz & Associates LLP), he is a graduate of UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, has been a civil litigator for over 20 years and has been recognized as a Super Lawyer for Northern California every year for the last decade. Tim contacted Legal Aid about how he could best help Marin’s low income immigrant residents. He immediately jumped in and has taken on several housing and employment matters from Legal Aid of
Marin on behalf of low income and immigrant workers and tenants. After personally inspecting an apartment complex and meeting with tenants and residents about habitability issues, Tim agreed to represent the tenants in their fight for better housing. In addition, Tim brought to quick and successful resolution the wrongful termination and wage violation case of a low income senior who was extremely grateful for Tim’s efficient and excellent results.
The luncheon will also honor 81 attorneys and 16 community volunteers with special recognition given to recipients of the Wiley W. Manuel Award. Issued by the State Bar of California to those with 50 or more hours of pro bono service, the award is named in honor of Wiley W. Manuel, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California from 1977-1981. Judge Manuel was the first African American to serve on the high court.
"At a time when so many in this community – one of the most affluent in the entire nation – feel so defenseless, and so uncared for, we stand for them and with them."
The earthquake that occurred on November 8th was not caused by faults in the rock deep within the Earth, running along the California coastline. It was caused by even deeper faults in the bedrock of our society, and running largely along class and race lines. The fear that is being felt – this night – in the communities Legal Aid serves is more profound than following almost any California earthquake. It will also be harder to dig and lift our people out of fear.
We protect the most vulnerable in Marin – the more than 10,000 children living in poverty within the County, and their families; the thousands of elders living on fixed incomes throughout Marin; persons of color with and without documentation; families with no money that are breaking apart; and the lowest wage earners. We protect them from physical and financial abuse, cheating, homelessness, wage theft and the other devastating attacks on their rights and well-being
At a time when so many in this community – one of the most affluent in the entire nation – feel so defenseless, and so uncared for, we stand for them and with them. And we stand for you, in preserving the kind of community that represents your values, your compassion, and your dedication to the ideal that social justice is not just compatible with the American dream, but essential to it. We strive to be a reflection of your values, to be who you would hope we could be. It isn’t easy.
Please help us. This year, more than ever, we need resources to reach and reassure our people.
Please give what you can. We are grateful for your support, and will honor your investment with our own industry.
President, Board of Directors
Legal Aid of Marin
$150 -protects a senior citizen’s rights to make her own financial decisions
$500 -empowers a family to break the cycle of domestic violence with LAM attorney representation
$1,000 -provides LAM attorneys to fight for tenant’s rights and against unlawful evictions
Or you can mail a check to:
Legal Aid of Marin
30 North San Pedro Road, Suite 220 San Rafael, CA 94903
Fall Appeal Brings Critical Aid to LAM
Fall funding is crucial to continuing LAM’s work empowering Marin elders, protecting family life, helping debtors, and lessening the burden on our Superior Court.
This Fall’s year end appeal from November 1st-December 31st will bring critical funding to Legal Aid of Marin. Following the loss of two major funding sources in 2016, LAM has dramatically reduced revenues, forcing the Agency to reduce its overhead and administrative costs by 15 percent. Under the direction of LAM’s new Executive Director, David Snyder, the nonprofit is vigorously working to shift its future primary funding to new grants, local businesses, and individual donors. LAM is already seeing positive results from these efforts; however, year-end donations now are critical to avoiding further staff cutbacks in early 2017.
LAM provides high quality, free legal services to Marin’s older residents (regardless of income) and to vulnerable, low-income persons in our community. In 2015 LAM closed 1,348 cases, benefitting 969 children, 405 seniors; 317 persons with disabilities; 57 veterans, and 402 clients for whom English was not their first language. LAM helps clients with housing needs, job rights, family safety, and elder law issues. The innovative Marin Community Court and the Superior Court -Mandatory Settlement Conference programs continue to thrive, along with our Pro Bono Clinics at Whistlestop and the Mill Valley Community Center.
Bridging the “justice gap” in Marin provides significant economic benefits to the entire community. A recent study determined that LAM’s services and operations during a three-year period produced an economic multiplier effect of $2.2 million revenue brought into Marin County, plus an estimated $3.1 million cost savings for the community due to the reduced need for emergency shelter, saved eviction costs for landlords and local governments, and reduced incidence and cost of domestic violence. LAM’s critical work helps Marin County children stay in school, contributes to a more stable workforce for employers, and lessens the burden on our Superior Court.
Please consider making a financial contribution to Legal Aid of Marin this year. You may Donate Online or send a check to:
Legal Aid of Marin
30 North San Pedro Road, Suite 220
San Rafael, CA 94903
LAM Set to Celebrate 5th Anniversary of Marin Community Court
Award-winning collaboration has helped hundreds of homeless and financially strapped make fresh start
Legal Aid of Marin is proud to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the award-winning Marin Community Court – an alternative sentencing program that has helped more than 1,000 homeless or financially strapped defendants in Marin County to clear up minor infractions and turn their lives around to gain a fresh start.
The first of its kind in Marin County, the MCC debuted as a pilot project in 2011 through a collaboration with Legal Aid of Marin, the Marin Superior Court and St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin County. Demand for MCC’s services grew so rapidly, that the pilot project quickly developed into the most steady and reliable resource for those in Marin’s homeless community seeking to resolve noncriminal violations such as sleeping in a park or vehicle, jaywalking or having unpaid vehicle registrations.
For far too many Marin County residents who are either homeless or precariously housed, the loss of a license or registration leads to the loss of jobs, homes and even their families. The Honorable Beverly Wood took note of this problem in 2011 when she served as a traffic Commissioner in the Superior Court. Judge Wood’s courtroom was flooded with defendants trapped in a downward spiral.
“I saw defendants so deep in fines and caught in a vicious cycle with no way to get out. I saw the negative effect these fines were having on families, seniors and residents in Marin and I wanted to do something about it.”
In 2011, Legal Aid of Marin’s Maura Prendiville and St. Vincent’s Cris Jones noted the same problem, and collaborated with Judge Wood to create the Marin Community Court, which took off from there.
In 2015 alone, 223 MCC participants cleared over 314 (non-criminal) citations, representing 416 infractions and $200,000 in court fines through alternative sentences such as community service, sobriety programs, parenting courses/life skills courses, employment support training, traffic or DUI courses, vehicle insurance and/or registration, following through on physical/mental health care or seeking veterans support services.
The MCC, which won the 2012 Hearts of Marin Award for Excellence in Innovation, is held on the second Tuesday of each month at St. Vincent’s Dining Hall in Downtown San Rafael, where Marin Superior Court Judge Beverly Wood presides alongside volunteers such as retired Bailiff Vince Simpson and retired court clerk Hoang Leclerc amidst a backdrop of donated food on the shelves and inspirational proverbs on the walls.
The MCC now receives committed funding from Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund, van Loben Sels/RemeRock Foundation, the Fullerton Family Foundation, the County of Marin and Silicon Valley Bank Foundation. A growing network of dedicated Pro Bono attorneys and community volunteers work alongside MCC staff to keep up with growing demand for services.
“Because of the MCC I was able to get my military back pay, my mental health diagnosis and treatment,” said Iraq War Army Veteran and Marin City native Steven Ashby Anderson, who is completing his alternative sentence through gardening work at the Marin Community Gardens. “I am doing a lot better. With my back pay, I paid for a year of rent to get off the streets and am working with the Veteran’s association to explore going to school and be retrained.”
PLEASE NOTE:No walk-in services are available. Interested participants can inquire about eligibility with MCC Coordinator Susana Romo(415) 492-0230 Ext. 313. E-mail: email@example.com
MEDIA: For more information or to schedule an interview with a member of the Community Court team or a defendant, call: Delfin Vigil (415) 492-0230, Ext. 315. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAM and MCBA to co-host 2016 Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon on Wed. March 23
Keynote speakers inlcude Barbara Monty (Monty White LLP) and David Baer (Hartog, Baer & Hand P.C.).
Legal Aid of Marin and the Marin County Bar Association are proud to co-host the 2016 Pro Bono Appreciation Luncheon honoring our community’s outstanding pro bono providers of the past year. The special awards luncheon will be held in conjunction with the MCBA general membership meeting at noon on Wednesday, March 23 in the McInnis Park Club Restaurant in San Rafael.
For more than a year and half, Barbara Monty co-counseled with LAM to help secure a major victory for a group of older adults facing severe elder abuse from the management of their subsidized senior housing project.
At a Marin Probate Court in May of 2015, David Baer represented a LAM client who had been living in her car. Baer negotiated a settlement that awarded her fair share of the family trust. David and his legal assistant Cynthia M. Tallent invested upwards of 90 collective hours to assist LAM on the case.
The luncheon will also honor more than 200 attorneys and volunteers with special recognition given to recipients of the Wiley W. Manuel Award. Issued by the State Bar of California to those with 50 or more hours of pro bono service, the award is named in honor of Wiley W. Manuel, an associate justice of the Supreme Court of California from 1977-1981. Judge Manuel was the first African American to serve on the high court.
For table sponsorship information, contact LAM Pro Bono and Volunteer Manager Nancy Murphy: email@example.com; (415) 492-0230, Ext. 308.
THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS
PRESENTING SPONSOR: MORRISON & FOERSTER LLP
HARTOG BAER & HAND
MONTY WHITE LLP
EPSTEIN LAW FIRM
KEEGIN HARRISON | SCHOPPERT SMITH & KARNER LLP
THE MARNE LAW GROUP
Annual Report 2015
LAM's Annual Report for 2015 documents the impact we make for Marin's residents.
For nearly 60 years, Legal Aid of Marin has helped thousands of low-income Marin County residents address critical legal issues directly affecting their homes, incomes, jobs and families. Our work protects and serves Marin’s most vulnerable residents by providing access to legal justice.
LAM creates progressive economic and social impacts that help make Marin County a better place.
For more on how LAM makes a direct impact in Marin download our 2015 Annual Report below.
Since 1958, Legal Aid of Marin has been protecting families, homes and jobs for Marin County's most vulnerable citizens.
When a West Marin farm faced closure this year, it proved to be a polarizing debate.
Caught in the middle was a tightly knit community of workers and families whose entire livelihood was deeply rooted within the Point Reyes National Seashore farm. Suddenly, more than 30 Drakes Bay families – some with ties to West Marin going back generations – were losing both their jobs and their homes.
To inform the workers of their rights, Legal Aid of Marin (LAM) stepped in. Collaborating with the County of Marin, LAM guided each household through the legal system and found that several were entitled to federal relocation benefits.
“LAM was there for our family when we had nowhere else to turn,” said Martin Alonso. LAM helped the Alonsos secure benefits to purchase a new family mobile home, which helped them focus on finding new jobs. “We are forever grateful to LAM for providing us with the legal advice we needed to make a new start.”
The Alonsos are one of nearly 1,800 Marin households benefitting from LAM’s free legal services this year. Since 1958, LAM has been providing practical solutions to complex legal problems that range from unlawful eviction to employment discrimination and financial elder abuse. To help our historic agency continue serving the most vulnerable members of the Marin Community, we ask that you please donate to LAM today.