Why California should boost legal aid funding

Seniors, people with disabilities, domestic violence survivors and their children, elderly financial abuse victims, victims of consumer scams, working parents in debt and many more will be left alone to navigate a daunting legal system.

Op-Ed (California)

Bob Wieckowski, Salena Copeland
Mercury News (San Jose, CA)
March 22, 2017

Tags: Funding: Federal, Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), Legal Services Corporation (LSC), Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA), Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ), California Rural Legal Assistance Inc. (CRLA), Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) (CA)


In Oakland, the Family Violence Appellate Project (FVAP) offers legal representation to domestic violence survivors and their children at the appellate level to ensure they can live in healthy and safe environments. It also provides training and technical assistance for qualified legal service providers. As a result, the California Appellate Courts issued nine published opinions, which are binding on trial courts throughout California faced with similar issues raised by thousands of domestic violence survivors.

In Los Angeles, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, assists thousands of vulnerable low-income residents who have little or no English skills with legal information, counseling and representation.