Congratulations to Los Lideres!

Renters and owners of Marina Gardens in the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael are pleased to announce they reached an agreement to resolve issues regarding a proposed rent increase and conditions at the property.  Both sides will work together over the next year to identify and address any necessary repairs, and the proposed rent increase.  Renters were represented by attorney David Levin and legal assistant Rocio Espinoza at Legal Aid of Marin, and the owners were represented by attorney Jonathan Black of Weston Law Group.  Renters were also assisted by the Marin Organizing Committee. The Mayor Gary Phillips was instrumental to reaching this agreement.

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!

BUY TICKETS NOW!

Thank you for supporting legal services in Marin.

Thank you to this year’s Jam for Justice Sponsors

PLATINUM

 Jon Gertler

GOLD

Hanson Bridgett LLP

  SILVER

Louderback Law Group

BRONZE

Bradley Real Estate

Law Office of Renee R. Chernus

Epstein Law Firm

Foley & Lardner LLP

Gunderson Dettmer

Philip Levin & Associates

Rouda Feder Tietjen McGuinn

Strick Schnasse Lawyers

The Veen Firm

Event Committee

JONATHAN GERTLER, EVENT CHAIR
ANASTASIYA KOROLEV, Co-chair
EDWARD LASSETER, JR., co-chair
JESSICA KARNER
DAVID WINNETT

LAM y MCBA serán co-anfitriones del Almuerzo de Apreciación Pro-Bono 2018 el miércoles 28 de marzo

Legal Aid of Marin y Marin County Bar Association se enorgullecen de ser coanfitriones del Almuerzo de Reconocimiento Pro Bono 2018 en honor a los sobresalientes proveedores pro bono de la comunidad del año pasado. El almuerzo especial de premiación se llevará a cabo al mediodía del miércoles 28 de marzo en el Four Points by Sheraton en San Rafael.

Presentador principal, abogado J. Timothy Nardell (Nardell Chitsaz & Associates LLP), graduado de la Facultad de Derecho de UC Berkeley Boalt Hall, litigante civil desde hace más de 20 años y reconocido como un súper abogado para el norte de California todos los años durante la última década. Tim contactó a Legal Aid sobre cómo podría ayudar a los residentes inmigrantes de bajos ingresos de Marin. Inmediatamente intervino y tomó varios asuntos de vivienda y empleo de Legal Aid de
Marin en nombre de los trabajadores y arrendatarios de bajos ingresos y inmigrantes. Después de inspeccionar personalmente un complejo de apartamentos y reunirse con inquilinos y residentes sobre cuestiones de habitabilidad, Tim acordó representar a los inquilinos en su lucha por una mejor vivienda. Además, Tim llevó a una resolución rápida y exitosa el caso de despido injustificado y violación de sueldo de un estudiante de último año de bajos ingresos que estaba extremadamente agradecido por los excelentes y eficientes resultados de Tim.

El almuerzo también honrará a 81 abogados y 16 voluntarios de la comunidad con un reconocimiento especial otorgado a los ganadores del Premio Wiley W. Manuel. Publicado por el Colegio de Abogados de California para aquellos con 50 o más horas de servicio pro bono, el premio se llama en honor a Wiley W. Manuel, un juez asociado de la Corte Suprema de California desde 1977-1981. El juez Manuel fue el primer afroamericano en servir en el tribunal superior.

Los boletos cuestan $ 50 para los miembros de MCBA; $ 60 para no miembros y se puede comprar a través del Colegio de Abogados del Condado de Marin.

Para obtener información sobre el patrocinio de mesas, comuníquese con Laurie Joyce, coordinadora de red de LAM Pro Bono: ljoyce@legalaidmarin.org; (415) 492-0230, Ext. 312.

GRACIAS A NUESTROS PATROCINADORES

PATROCINADOR PRINCIPAL: Louderback law group

EPSTEIN LAW FIRM


HANSON BRIDGETT LLP

KEEGIN HARRISON | SCHOPPERT SMITH & KARNER LLP

MECHANICS BANK

MORRISON FOERSTER

PRESIDIO BANK

4th Annual LAM Jam for Justice – Congratulations to The Honorable Beverly K. Wood

Desire to Inspire Studios, Jam for Justice, Legal Aid of Marin, Event photography, non profit fundraiser
Congratulations to The Honorable Beverly K. Wood this year’s recipient of Legal Aid of Marin’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” for her work developing the Marin Community Court Program held each month at the St. Vincent de Paul’s Dining Hall in San Rafael.

 

Thank you for supporting legal services in Marin.

We appreciate all those who came out for this year’s Jam for Justice and for our Sponsors.

ROCK STAR of JUSTICE

HERO of JUSTICE

 CHAMPION of JUSTICE

ADVOCATE of JUSTICE

 

DEFENDERS of JUSTICE

Greene Jordan Taubman & Dias LLP
HEMMING MORSE, LLP

 FRIENDS  of JUSTICE

BANK OF MARIN
RENÉE & Roy CHERNUS
The Freitas Law Firm LLP
LexisNexis
Mechanics bank
Philip Levin & Associates, Prof. Corp.
Strick Law
David Sutton Mediation Services
The Veen Firm, P.C.

 

Event Committee

JONATHAN GERTLER, EVENT CHAIR
PHILIP LEVIN
ANASTASIYA KOROLEV
DAVID G. SNYDER
HOLDEN SPERLING
DAVID SUTTON

May 19 at Sweetwater: 4th Annual LAM Jam for Justice – Recognizing The Honorable Beverly K. Wood

6 P.M. FRIDAY MAY 19, 2017

SWEETWATER MUSIC HALL

19 CORTE MADERA AVENUE, MILL VALLEY

 

For ticket and sponsorship information visit our event registration page.

To download a Sponsorship Form, please click on the link below:
Download Sponsorship Form

Our Sponsors

ROCK STAR of JUSTICE

HERO of JUSTICE

 CHAMPION of JUSTICE

ADVOCATE of JUSTICE

 

DEFENDERS of JUSTICE

Greene Jordan Taubman & Dias LLP
HEMMING MORSE, LLP

FRIENDS  of JUSTICE

BANK OF MARIN
RENÉE & Roy CHERNUS
The Freitas Law Firm LLP
LexisNexis
Mechanics bank
Philip Levin & Associates, Prof. Corp.
Strick Law
David Sutton Mediation Services
The Veen Firm, P.C.

 

Program

6:00pm
Cocktails, dinner by Sweetwater
7:30pm
Special program
Recognizing The Honorable Beverly K. Wood
Fund-A-Need
8:30pm
Musical entertainment
Marin All Star Band

For more information, please contact our David Snyder at (415) 492-0230 x310 or email
snyder@legalaidmarin.org

Event Committee

JONATHAN GERTLER, EVENT CHAIR
PHILIP LEVIN
ANASTASIYA KOROLEV
DAVID G. SNYDER
HOLDEN SPERLING
DAVID SUTTON

Preserving Our Community & Your Values

"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.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Gertler

President, Board of Directors

Legal Aid of Marin

p.s.

$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.

Donate Online

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
"Thanks to the Marin Community Court, I was able to get my military back pay, my mental health diagnosis and treatment. I am doing a lot better," said MCC participant Steven Ashby Anderson.

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: communitycourt@legalaidmarin.org

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: dvigil@legalaidmarin.org.

LAM y MCBA serán los anfitriones del Almuerzo de Agradecimiento Pro Bono 2016

Reserva la fecha: Legal Aid de Marín presenta en conjunto con la Asociación de Abogados del Condado de Marin el Almuerzo 2016 Pro Bono Apreciación.

Legal Aid de Marín y la Asociación de Abogados del Condado de Marin estan orgullosos de su co-anfitrión de la Almuerzo 2016 Pro Bono Apreciación honrar pro bono proveedores de nuestra comunidad del pasado año.

El almuerzo de premiación especial se llevará a cabo en conjunto con la reunión general MCBA al mediodía el miércoles 23 de marzo en el McInnis Park Club Restaurant en San Rafael. Los honores del evento más de 200 abogados y voluntarios con un reconocimiento especial dado a los destinatarios del Premio Manuel W. Wiley. Publicado por la Barra de Abogados de California para los que tienen 50 o más horas de servicio pro bono, el premio lleva el nombre en honor a Wiley W. Manuel, un juez asociado de la Corte Suprema de California desde 1977 hasta 1981.

Juez Manuel fue el primer afroamericano en servir en el alto tribunal. Los oradores invitados, entradas e información de patrocinio se actualizarán aquí. Para obtener información adicional, comuníquese con LAM Pro Bono y Voluntariado Gerente Nancy Murphy: nmurphy@legalaidmarin.org

Informe Anual 2015

Informe Anual de LAM para 2015 documenta el impacto que hacemos para los residentes de Marin.
LAM Abogada Ann Munene (a derecha) discute un caso de cliente con Jennifer Chindo al Projecto Hannah en Marin City.

Durante casi 60 años, Legal Aid of Marin ha ayudado a miles de residentes del condado de Marin con cuestiones legales críticos que afectan directamente a sus hogares, los ingresos, el empleo y las familias. Nuestro trabajo protege y sirve a los residentes más vulnerables de Marin proporcionando el acceso a la justicia legal.

LAM crea progresistas económicos y impactos  sociales  que ayudan al condado de Marin ser un lugar mejor. Para más información sobre cómo LAM tiene un impacto directo en Marín descarge nuestro Informe Anual 2015 a continuación.

Descargar el Informe Anual 2015 de LAM