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Bay Area Legal Aid - Alameda County

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  • Location Address: 1735 Telegraph Avenue | Oakland, CA 94612
  • reviews Rating: 4.20 (32 reviews)
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About Bay Area Legal Aid - Alameda County

For many in our communities, justice is not an abstract ideal. It is food, shelter, and protection. It is the difference between staying in poverty and getting out, between dependence and self-reliance. But without help, justice is often denied. In the Bay Area, more than 1.2 million people live in poverty. More than half of these families have a full-tim

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  • person icon Genevieve L. Richardson - Executive Director

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Genevieve Richardson is a social justice attorney who has been committed to advancing the civil legal rights of low-income families throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over 17 years. Prior to becoming Executive Director, Genevieve served as Managing Attorney of BayLegal’s regional offices in Contra Costa, Marin, and Napa Counties. As Managing Attorney,
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  • Education badge University of Colorado School of Law, 2000
  • Education badge University of Colorado, B.A., Philosophy: Law and Society


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1735 Telegraph Avenue, CA, 94612

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Worst experience Ive ever had with the legal system My lawyer Elsie was no good didnt gather all information like I asked her to. Once I settled like a dork the company retracted the settlement and I knew she didnt do her job correctly Now she wont answer my calls etc. I want to change but once I called them directly they stated I had to tell her She wouldnt start the process. Run this bay area legal

Mis understood
19 May 2024
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Still in the process but she is great

Ver john Astorga
19 May 2024
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Worst place ever -and right one to explode families

19 May 2024
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They dont do much but tell you whats your rights and what isnt. I asked for a list of lawyers who represent tenants due to my apartment causing me injury my lease was violated harassment from the owner. Due to recent impairments I was told I was going to receive the the list to my email. That was almost four weeks ago. They dont follow up. I think they receive grants from California government. I think mainly its due to the laws and the government programs involving housing Im pretty sure California has cooked the books for City data. I mean nothing is accurate and even if the law is in your favor its very limited what can be done out here. To be honest the California government system seems so manipulated I would actually like to see accurate DATA from this office. Because Im wondering how they are operating how many individuals have they helped within a ten year time span to achieve individuals to stay in their homes or recover funds from slumlords. Whats is the revenue that this organization pulls and where is it from I dont see many individuals being helped by this organization because its continuously swamped This office is swamped with calls and lack of people to respond. I dont think their physical location is even seeing people. I dont think they actually do anything or they would have called about my obvious cases of negligence injury It seems like Bay Area legal aid has to help a certain number of individuals for them To receive funding. Which means they are going to help to the bare minimum and barely put in any effort. I would contact the department of justice because I do think most of Californias government services are in some sort of cahoots with federal funding. Because Ive yet to see any accountability or accurate data coming out of California for any California laws if things were actually working to plan California wouldnt be swamped with so many violations within its own reformed law systemContact the Department of Justice in Washington DC and inquire why so many California state programs arent working This is reminiscent to Illinois- Chicago.Washington DC New York.Some high tier Government officials are reaping in State funding. going unnoticed.

Nicki M
19 November 2023
google review

I drove there today to see on the front door this posting .Google have to update the hours and limitations the Bay Area legal aid has the never answer the phone I need it their services from wrong eviction documents I need to submit to court and I dont know how to fill them up.Im sure they provide excellent services .But I was not the lucky one to be help.

carlos gonzalez
19 October 2023
google review

Joanna parnes has been my lawyer since 2018. We have a good relationship. Im absolutely pleased with her dedication and assistance. She is passionate about helping people with legal matters

Keisha Brooks
19 May 2022
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This office is God sent Lawyer Joanna Parns is the BEST. She beat the Big Bad SSI for my family and I. She fought for me for 6 years and made SSI give me my money. Thank you Legal aide and especially JOANNA PARNS.

19 May 2022
google review

A great office with great lawyers especially lawyers Marina Ptshenko and unfortunately went to work to another office Joanna and Emma lawyer which we wish them to continue to work in the office of Oakland I hope you will not be demobilized such as Marina Patshinko Unfortunately we are the real reviewers need hardly have those skilledin their work such as Marina Pashinkoand Emma Dinkelispel Thank you for understanding and your cooperation and you are fine

Dre Ken
19 May 2018
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Jared left me hangin when he saw status in my case changed for the better. Free is free

19 May 2018
google review

B.A.L.A. The Attorneys are very professional courteous and sensitive to your needs - What more need to be said of this fine oganization than I just said..

Michael Richardson
19 May 2017

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