LEGAL AID OF MARIN

Rating: 4.75 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Crime & Law

Location: 30 N San Pedro Rd Ste 245 San Rafael CA 94903 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Recently, I had the great opportunity to make a short film about Legal Aid of Marin. This is not your ordinary non-profit. The team at legal aid honestly enjoy coming to work. They love to help others and the people that receive their help think of legal aid as their guardians of justice. I spent many hours interviewing staff attorneys, volunteers, board members, and clients and everybody felt that legal aid made a difference in their lives. They certainly made a difference in my professional and personal lives and I consider them like family. Thank you Legal Aid of Marin.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

winning cases! It was the greatest feeling to witness clients pick up their settlement checks at legal aid.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give the staff a vacation!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The staff at legal aid are inspiring to watch.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, sweet, funny, happy, intelligent people who love what they do.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a significant change in the live of underrepresented Marin residents.

Ways to make it better...

My experience was the best. Spend some time at legal aid and you'll feel good about yourself.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they could help more people if they had more money.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Marin needs this non-profit, plain and simple.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

As an agency that is housed with Legal Aid in the Marin Justice Center, we have had the opportunity to participate in a collaborative process that streamlines access to legal services for everyone. Legal Aid is an integral part of this collaborative. The service they provide to clients is invaluable and their positive impact on the community is immeasurable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Hard working and dedicated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Legal Aid of Marin is doing a great job of working with the community and other non profits and governmental agencies. It is great to see LAM at community events and to see the organization creating new out reach opportunities for all the Marin legal community. Great job to a dedicated staff. It is great to work with you.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

community outreach and client services.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Good people helping those in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

great and considerate people.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

create a grass roots movement to provide much needed legal services for the poor.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I represent another non-profit working with legal aid of marin. They have been very helpful to clients of our organization and have made a difference in the individual and collective recipients of their services. We are also a non-profit in the area and have had a great relationship and outcome from our alliance with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

direct assistance to people in need

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to obtain more money to expand services

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are very responsive

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve many more people

Ways to make it better...

they followed up consistently on referrals

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding funding

One thing I'd also say is that...

I enjoy working with them

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

About ten years ago LAM guided me through a divorce when I was a single mother, working full-time and going to school to finish my MA. They made the process stress free and secured my child support and a fair settlemlent. More recently LAM helped me file a work-related restraining order to protect employees at our school. I was a nervous wreck through the whole thing and even had to face the individual in front of the court, but LAM held my hand all the way. I have immense respect and gratitude for their quality services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Community organizing and advocacy to support the elderly and immigrant populations in Marin.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

support the Executive Director with fundraising to preserve his many talents and energy for community outreach and program development, which he excels.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Paul Cohen's leadership and tireless hard work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

attentive, thorough and calm!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

spend less time raising annual funds and put more of their efforts into services.

Ways to make it better...

the ED wasn't so stretched

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-9-01

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Our organization has always received great service from LAM. They have helped us advocate for low-income residents of Marin City for many years. Their attorneys are committed to their clients. We are happy to be one of their clients.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Helping low-income residents keep their housing.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Hire a Black attorney.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The committment of their attorneys to their clients.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Non-black staff that were very sensitive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help all low-income residents in Marin County with

Ways to make it better...

Have more funding to hire more attorneys.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Hiring Black staff.

One thing I'd also say is that...

They need Black staff.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Legal Aid of Marin has been my sole and most valueable source for legal counsel in order to fight redevelopment plans by a large out of state real estate investment trust which seeks to turn affordable housing into luxury apartments at rates most current residents will not be able to requalify for. LAM has been responsive to my inquiries and have come to the site to explain legal matters to fellow residents. While I have given what I can afford to LAM for their counsel and time, I feel strongly that money has not been a condition for my receiving needed counsel and support. Even a paid attorney - if I could afford one - might not be as responsive to this client and his fellow tenants in their fight for fair treatment for being forced out of their apartment homes.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their responsiveness to questions, knowledge of pertinent laws and cases, and knowledge of other community resources.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

see to the above issue and perhaps see if others served felt the same way.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

a professional yet casual environment and communication style.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly and helpful - never giving the impression that you're a bother or inconvenience to them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot more people who are disadvantaged through no fault of their own.

Ways to make it better...

we could receive a little more pro-active involvement in pointing out options and strategies for best use of our limited time and resourses.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

how they manage to survive financially.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would have likely been stomped on by big money - and still might be though to a lesser degree - had I not walked through the door into LAM.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Having served on the board of directors of Legal Aid of Marin for over 5 years, I knew what a diverse group of people....ranging from the elderly to the young children...that we serve in our community. However, it was not until I got involved with one of our clients recently that I better understood from the heart what a difference Legal Aid of Marin makes in just one life. My LAM client is a relatively young man and his ailing mother. He is a new dad, with his second baby mama. He used to be in prison, for assorted bad acts (drugs, theft). Now he has found Allah, and has set his own life on a better path. His mother, who is only 9 years older than my 50 years, has been in an assisted nursing facility for quite some time, following hip and other surgeries. The facility has neglected her, perhaps since she is on medicare, and failed to turn her. Now she has very painful and grotesque bedsores that are infected on her bottom, so she can't lay in bed in a comfortable position. She has a catheter, and moans in constant pain. I met both of them in the hospital, where she has been transferred. Not only am I helping them with an elder abuse case, I am a support system for her son, who has no where to turn. He doesn't understand the medical system, so I am meeting with the social worker, to communicate with him. My own daughter had a very serious hospitalization around the same time, so I can empathize with his plight, and he doesn't have my resources or understanding of how to navigate the medical system. While I am only able to provide some insight, I feel that my connection through Legal Aid with my client has made a dramatic difference to a family in my community that is in need of basic support on a very real, and human level. Debra Bogaards (you may use my name)

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a first hand way. My life has improved by helping a mother and son in my community who deserve basic medical assistance.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more non-lawyers involved.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

serving a broad community.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

compassionate, devoted and genuine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help even more people in our community.

Ways to make it better...

no ifs....

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding for its diverse services in the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

its the best board I've served on, and I've been on quite a few.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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