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You're Invited: Celebration of Justice

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The Law Foundation's 2018 Celebration of Justice  will take place on Thursday, May 24, at the Santa Clara Convention Center and we'd love for you to join us!

Click here to get your ticket today and join us in creating a stronger, more inclusive Silicon Valley! 

Our Celebration of Justice event helps us raise crucial funds for life-changing legal services in Silicon Valley and attracts nearly 800 influential lawyers and business leaders from world-renowned firms and companies, as well as prominent judges and elected officials.

It's the legal event of the year that you won't want to miss!

For information or partnership inquires, contact Carrie Chung at 408.280.2472 or carriec@lawfoundation.org

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Another Successful LACY Honors Thanks to You

We had a wonderful time earlier this month at our 24th Annual LACY Honors Awards and Luncheon, an event in support of the Law Foundation's Legal Advocates for Children & Youth program. Thank you to everyone that was able to share the afternoon with us and for supporting the important work of LACY and the Law Foundation.
 

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Click through to see photos from the event, and see if you can spot any of your friends or colleagues!

It was an inspirational afternoon and we are grateful to Brianna who bravely shared her story and why she believes our work is so important for other non-traditional parents like her. Read Brianna's story here. 

We also met Kingston whose mother courageously spoke about the hardships she faced while fighting for his education without a lawyer, highlighting the importance of Medical-Legal Partnerships. If you missed the event, watch Kingston's video here and learn more about how our attorneys and social workers are using the law as a tool for change to advance justice.

Congratulations again to our honorees: Santa Clara County Board Supervisor, Cindy Chavez, whose achievements have been fundamental to the advances of children, youth, and families in Santa Clara County; and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY), an organization focused on transforming the lives of at-risk and disadvantaged youth through mentorship.

A Hard-Fought Five Years Brings a Huge Victory

For five years, more than 400 residents of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park, Palo Alto’s last mobile home park, fought to preserve their homes after the park owners announced their intention to sell the property to a developer. 

Earlier this month, a deal was reached that will preserve the park as affordable housing.

Buena Vista families will continue to enjoy their diverse and tight-knit community and benefit from living in a high opportunity area of Silicon Valley, one that has high-quality Palo Alto schools, safe neighborhoods, jobs, and healthcare. 

We thank the Housing Authority of Santa Clara County and its Executive Director Katherine Harasz, who, together with Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, worked to ensure that Buena Vista will be preserved--and renovated-- and operated on a day-to-day basis by The Caritas Corporation, a nonprofit with a mission of maintaining quality affordable housing.

We worked in partnership with our tireless and courageous clients, the Buena Vista residents' association, and many other community advocates and supporters, including:  the Friends of Buena Vista, a dedicated group of Palo Altans, led by Winter Dellenbach; the Palo Alto School Board; the Palo Alto and regional PTAs, led by Susan Eldredge and Nancy Krop; the Community Working Group; Stanford professors and students, led by Education Professor Amado Padilla; Larry Klein; and Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian and his staff members Micaela Hellman-Tincher and Kristina Loquist. 

Photo by Eric Kuhri, Bay Area News Group

Photo by Eric Kuhri, Bay Area News Group

The Law Foundation's Buena Vista preservation team included senior attorneys Nadia Aziz and Diana Castillo, senior outreach coordinators Teresa Magana and Nuemi Guzman, supervising attorney Melissa Morris, former supervising attorney James Zahradka, and directing attorney Kyra Kazantzis.  The team was supported by expert co-counsel Madeline Howard, Navneet Grewal, Sue Himmelreich, and Dick Rothschild at the Western Center on Law & Poverty. The law firm of Sidley Austin LLP provided generous pro bono staffing and financial resources for the litigation effort; Matt Dolan and Norm Blears were the key, hard-working members of the Sidley team.

You're Supporting A National Award Winning Program

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We're proud to announce that the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership honored the Law Foundation's Silicon Valley Medical Legal Partnership as a 2017 Outstanding Medical Legal Partnership (MLP) Award recipient at the annual MLP Summit last month in Washington, D.C.

Our medical-legal partnership with Santa Clara Valley Medical Center connects patients in VMC's pediatrics department and Homeless Healthcare Program with Law Foundation attorneys who are onsite at multiple VMC clinic sites each week to help with underlying legal problems to various medical issues.

We're grateful to the National Center for Medical Legal Partnership for this wonderful honor and to Valley Medical Center for supporting our work.

You Did It!

We had a great time with everyone who came together to create a stronger, more inclusive community at our Celebration of Justice dinner. A heartfelt thank you goes out to our annual partners and individual donors who gave generously to help us continue to use the law as a tool for change in Silicon Valley. Together, we can do so much more for the people in our region who need life-changing legal services -families like the Hernandez-Garfias’, who we introduced to you at the dinner.  

Thank you for an unforgettable night! 

Be sure to check out our photos and see if you can spot your friends and colleagues.

Major Win for Mountain View Tenants

Photo by Nailah Morgank, KQED

Photo by Nailah Morgank, KQED

Last November, voters in Mountain View passed Measure V, aimed at stabilizing rents and providing just cause eviction protections for certain rental units.

Following the vote, the California Apartment Association (CAA) moved to sue the City to block the law from going into effect. That’s when the Law Foundation, along with Fenwick & West, the Stanford Community Law Clinic, and the Public Interest Law Project, stepped in to represent a group of Mountain View voters, tenants, and organizations.

In a major win for Mountain View tenants, the CAA dropped the lawsuit earlier this month.

Mountain View tenants will now be protected from unreasonable rent increases and unjust evictions. “This is a complete victory for the City of Mountain View and a critical win for Mountain View residents, including the most marginalized in our community,” said Nadia Aziz, senior attorney at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. “We were thankful to have Fenwick’s excellent support in ensuring Mountain View tenants do not have to live in fear of unfair rent increases and evictions.”