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Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky reviews Supreme Court term

Before a capacity crowd at our summer lecture on July 25, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law noted that the Supreme Court’s most recent term was unique. Two reasons that he cited come easily to mind: It was the “Term of 8,” he said, with a jurist missing most of the period; and there was … Continue reading “Berkeley Law Dean Erwin Chemerinsky reviews Supreme Court term”

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Eric Holder: ‘Legal Aid at Work has your back’

Legal Aid at Work – along with 800 other attendees – celebrated 101 years of putting justice to work at our annual dinner July 12. Highlights included a conversation with former Attorney General Eric Holder, who also presented the Mathew Tobriner award to the Hon. Thelton Henderson. [<a href=”//storify.com/legalaidatwork/legal-aid-at-work-annual-dinner” target=”_blank”>View the story “#NightofLAAW” on Storify</a>]

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Unemployment insurance appeal turns a couple’s life around

For a decade after leaving the U.S. Marine Corps in 2005, Jose Hidalgo worked full time in construction, supporting himself and his long-term girlfriend, Olivia; they had a nice home near Fresno, they bought a dog together, and they were building the life they wanted. But in just a few months — after Jose took … Continue reading “Unemployment insurance appeal turns a couple’s life around”

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Annual dinner this Wednesday

We are honored to celebrate justice — and the 101st anniversary of our organization’s founding — with the Honorable Thelton E. Henderson and former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. this Wednesday, July 12, at the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. Mr. Holder will be in conversation with Stanford Law Professor Pamela … Continue reading “Annual dinner this Wednesday”

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Paid Parental Leave: The right thing to do, the right way to do it

We co-hosted a great event on Thursday, June 9, where employers learned how they, no matter how small or large, could improve their employee retention by changing their family leave policies.  Speakers included Teresa McDade, director of work and life benefits at Microsoft; James Jarvey, people operations manager at Particle; Jennifer Piallat, owner of Zazie … Continue reading “Paid Parental Leave: The right thing to do, the right way to do it”

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Immigrants at Work Twitter chat

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, @LegalAidatWork and co-hosts discussed immigrant workers’ rights, language discrimination, updating your Social Security number with your employer, experiencing harassment in the workplace, and more. [View the story “Immigrants at Work Twitter chat” on Storify]

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5 facts about undocumented workers’ rights

In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month, we are taking the time to acknowledge the rights of immigrants and undocumented people in the workplace. FACT 1: Undocumented workers enjoy almost all of the same rights as other workers under federal and California law. Health and safety laws protect all employees regardless of their immigration status. All … Continue reading “5 facts about undocumented workers’ rights”

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Meet our summer 2017 law clerks!

Each summer, Legal Aid at Work is fortunate to host about a dozen exceptional law students who contribute to all aspects of our work while also receiving training and an introduction to employment law practice. We’re increasingly impressed by the breadth of our summer clerks’ backgrounds and the depth of their commitment to the work … Continue reading “Meet our summer 2017 law clerks!”

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Lawyers discuss resisting executive orders at third summer lecture

Two lawyers discussed the challenges and rewards of opposing President Donald Trump’s executive orders during our final June lecture, on the topic “Strategies for Resistance by State and Local Governments.” Mollie Lee, deputy city attorney for San Francisco, described the “catastrophic” consequences of the possibility of San Francisco losing funding because it has declared itself … Continue reading “Lawyers discuss resisting executive orders at third summer lecture”

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