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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Crime & Law, Legal Services

Mission: To provide access to the civil justice system through quality legal services, encompassing practical solutions, to low income, vulnerable and otherwise underserved residents of marin county.

Programs: General legal services are provided both directly by legal aid staff and by attorneys in the local community who volunteer their time. Lam schedules clinics, targets populations that typically seek our services and attempts to bring our services, whenever possible, as close to residents as is practical. Services include civil legal matters primarily focused on housing, employment, consumer, family and civil rights laws.

equal access a few of the special projects that we have initiated and still operate include; the mandatory settlement conference for residential eviction matters, the marin community court, the marin healthy homes project and other impact work. Each is designed to prevent unfortunate consequences before the legal system fully engages.

seniors legal aid serves well over 300 older adult households in marin each year. We provide presentations on how to avoid scams and financial elder abuse. We are a member agency of the marin county financial abuse specialist team.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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)