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Thank You!

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Everyone should be part of the Silicon Valley success story --- and you're making that happen. Thank you for another amazing Celebration of Justice! You're changing lives and ensuring a stronger, more inclusive future for our entire community.

What you do matters. Last night, we began the evening with a short 2-minute video to show just how each individual action can truly make a difference. Missed it? It's worth a quick watch.
Thank you for answering the call and giving generously at our Celebration of Justice. If you didn't get the chance to make a gift last night, it's not too late! You can still make a tax-deductible contribution in support of access to justice. 

Thanks again for making our night and, most of all, for your inspiring generosity! 

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Helping More Families Through Pro Bono

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When a young child faced the possibility of losing the only real home he'd ever known, our pro bono volunteer Yilan Bryant, from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP stepped in with help and expertise from Law Foundation attorneys.

Daniel* lived a happy and secure life with his grandmother, Charlotte*, who began taking care of him when his biological parents became absent while he was an infant. However, Daniel's safe and peaceful life was jeopardized when his biological parents, whose lives were still not very stable, threatened to take Daniel away from his home. Fearing losing her grandson to an unstable living situation and overwhelmed with the complicated legal process of guardianship, Charlotte turned to the Law Foundation.

Thanks to our team and pro bono attorney, Yilan, Daniel's grandmother was able to navigate a complicated legal system to ensure that Daniel's best interests were protected.
"It was immensely gratifying to help my client navigate the legal process and paperwork and ultimately get to a result that was in the best interest of the child. My client was able to secure guardianship of her grandson, receiving both temporary and general guardianship for the child. To help my client receive legal assurance that her grandchild will grow up in the security and comfort of her care gave me a great deal of satisfaction, both personally and professionally.  I look forward to handling additional family law matters." says Yilan, who succeeded in safeguarding Daniel's stable home life with his grandmother. 

We're grateful for our pro bono volunteers who allow us to serve even more families and individuals each year.

*Name changed to protect identity.

San Jose's New Google Development Advisory Group

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Recently, the Law Foundation, along with 38 other organizations, was appointed to the newly created Station Area Advisory Group (SAAG) formed by San Jose City Council to provide input on the Google development project near the Diridon Station. The SAAG has representation from various parts of our community, including the business sector, school districts, neighborhood associations, and community groups.

The Law Foundation hopes our participation will lead to outcomes that prevent the displacement of low-income communities in San Jose from the place they call home. We will continue to be a leader in advocating for an inclusive Silicon Valley and to bring front and center the crisis of unmanaged gentrification and the displacement of low-income families in Silicon Valley.

In Case You Missed It

It's here! Law Foundation Supervising Attorney, Nadia Aziz, and Buena Vista Resident Association member, Maria Martinez, spoke to Silicon Valley Community Foundation Program Officer Vu-Bang Nguyen a few months ago about what it was like to save a small, low-income community in Palo Alto and what other communities can learn from the experience.

Click here to listen to SVCF Philanthropy Now's episode on Buena Vista Mobile Home Park. 

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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Quick Ways You Can Advance Justice

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A Gift for You
As the holiday season quickly approaches, we want to make sure that you stay informed about the social issues affecting our community with a few special recommendations ranging from books, podcasts, articles, and even documentaries from some of our closest supporters! Keep an eye out for our emails coming in December, each with a new recommendation to share with your friends, colleagues, and family. 

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After Thanksgiving, Join Us for Giving Tuesday on November 28
After Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back to your local community. Mark your calendar for November 28 and join us on this national day of giving to help provide crucial, life-changing legal services in Silicon Valley.

With you on our side, we've fought against housing discrimination, secured safe and stable homes for foster children and youth facing abuse and neglect, and we've advocated for patients' rights and affordable healthcare. Help us continue this life-changing work; give for justice this #GivingTuesday and make a donation to the Law Foundation on November 28th. Be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to join you and match your gift to make an even bigger impact in your community!

If you just can't wait for the big day, visit our donation page today to get a head-start on the giving season. 

Advocating for Stronger Rent Protections

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Photo by Ramona Giwargis, Bay Area News Group

Earlier this week, the San Jose City Council voted on whether or not to tie rent increases for rent-controlled units to the cost of living, capped at 5%. The Law Foundation, along with partners at the Silicon Valley Renters' Rights Coalition, packed into City Hall to defend past rent and tenant protection victories and urged City Council to vote "yes" on the measure to help stabilize rents for families in San Jose. 

The vote was close, but unfortunately, the City Council did not move forward with a measure to tie rent increases for rent-controlled apartments to the cost of living. However, tenants and community members successfully organized against landlords' attempts to water down San Jose's Apartment Rent Ordinance and Tenant Protection Ordinance, crucial housing protections for over 400,000 tenants in San Jose.

Many thanks to Council Members Sergio Jimenez, Raul Peralez, Don Rocha, Magdalena Carrasco, Tam Nguyen, and Sylvia Arenas for their support. The fight to preserve renter protections in San Jose continues next Spring 2018, when the Apartment Rent Ordinance returns to Council. See you there!  

Learn more about San Jose City Council's vote from The Mercury News.