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Legal Services for Children in Bayview

Mar 25, 2016 | News

Bayview Hunters Point Community Legal and Legal Services for Children are teaming up to provide legal services for minors in Bayview. 

If your child is facing one of these issues, you and your child can come to our office at 4622 3rd St to fill out an intake and schedule an appointment with Nicole Bates, LSC Equal Justice Works Fellow. For more information, you can download this information packet here: LSC Information Packet

School Cases

If your child is being recommended for expulsion from school, they have the right to a hearing. You will probably want a lawyer to represent your child in that hearing. We may be able to represent your child or find you a free attorney. If a student is expelled, they cannot attend a school in their district for up to a calendar year, and the expulsion remains a part of the student’s disciplinary record.

 

Legal Guardianship

If your child is not living with their parents and you want the court to make a relative or other adult the legal guardian, we may be able to help you in this process if the child is 12 and over. Guardians can make decisions that a parent usually would make like taking a child to see a doctor when they are sick or hurt, supporting academic goals, and making sure a child has food and clothes.

 

Immigration

If your child is undocumented, we may be able to help them obtain legal status (e.g. a “green card”) or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). We may also be able to assist if there are removal/deportation proceedings.

A continuación, encontrarás temas con que la cual LSC puede ayudar a su niño/a de menor edad. Si su niño/a esta enfrentando uno de estos temas, usted y su niño/a pueden venir a nuestra oficina a 4622 3rd St para hacer una cita con Nicole Bates. Paquete de información en español

Casos de La Escuela

Si su niño/a esta en riesgo de ser expulsado de la escuela, tienen el derecho a una audiencia legal. Usted probablemente querrá un abogado para representar a su niño/a en esa audiencia legal. Podemos ser capaces de representar a su niño/a o encontrar a un abogado gratis. Si un estudiante es expulsado, no pueden asistir a una escuela en su distrito por hasta un año calendario, y la expulsión sigue siendo una parte de el historial disciplinario del estudiante.

 

Tutoria Legal

Si su niño/a no viven con sus padres biológicos y desea que la corte haga un pariente o otro adulto el tutor legal, podemos ser capaz de ayudarle en este proceso, si el niño/a es de 12 y más. Tutores legales pueden tomar decisiones que los padres generalmente pueden hacer  como por ejemplo, llevar al niño/a a un médico cuando están enfermos o lastimados, apoyarlos en sus objetivos académicos, y asegurarse de que el niño/a tenga alimentos y ropa.

 

Inmigración

Si su niño/a es indocumentado, somos capaces de ayudarles a obtener personalidad jurídica (por ejemplo, un “green card”) o acción diferida para jóvenes que vinieron a este país en su infancia (DACA). También podemos ser capaces de ayudar si existen procedimientos de deportación.

 

Ever since childhood, our co-founder Adrian has been dedicated to reducing poverty.

He studied systemic poverty in college and went to work in the field for a few years. Eventually, he had a thesis that legal aid was the most cost-effective way to address poverty in America. He wrote up a business plan and used it to apply to law school. 

The idea was to create the country’s first system of universal access to civil legal representation that ensures everyone can obtain timely, competent legal help for any legal issue, regardless of ability to pay. That had never been done before in the history of the United States.

In law school, he met Virginia, our Programs Director. Together, they co-founded the organization, two weeks after Adrian passed the bar.

When we opened we put a sign in the window, and with just that marketing and almost no other outreach we were overwhelmed with requests for help from people with good cases who had been turned away everywhere else.

Our first year we had revenue of $35,000. We would hand shred documents because a shredder was too expensive. Despite the financial challenges, we were able to work on over 280 cases in everything from housing law to family law to consumer law in the first year alone.

The hours were extreme, the pay was low, and the learning curve was steep. Still, we persisted. We knew that almost everyone we helped was not able to receive services anywhere else. Eventually, we attracted the interest of funders. We tripled our revenue for several years in a row. In 2015, we won the Bay Area Google Impact Challenge, which enabled us to expand even more. In 2019, we secured additional funding from the city that allowed us to open two new centers in the Excelsior and Western Addition.

As of 2020, our staff has grown to 27 full-time employees. We’ve shown that universal access is possible. Now, we plan to scale city-wide, make San Francisco the first city in the country’s history to have universal access to legal help, and become a model for national replication.