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Legal Services Funders Network: 2017 Signature Event

Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
2:30pm to 5:00pm PDT
Milton Marks Auditorium
455 Golden Gate Avenue | San Francisco, CA | 94102
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Each year the Legal Services Funders Network (LSFN) puts on several events to help educated the community and bring together those with a shared interest in supporting legal services, as they believe these organizations are a critical tool to use to address poverty alleviation.

The highly successful 2016 program, Access to Justice: The Changing Landscape of Civil Legal Representation and Assistance, examined the ever-changing legal services landscape and lifted up potential solutions to addressing the justice gap.

This year the LSFN will be joined by California Assemblymember David Chiu who will provide insight on California’s response to the current Administration’s orders and impending federal budget cuts, Assemblymember Chiu’s pending legislation and how California plans to help ensure access to free or low-cost legal assistance.

Please note that fundraising solicitations are not permitted at LSFN events.


2:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Pre-Session on the Status of California Civic Legal Aid

3:45 pm - 5:00 pm: Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

California Assemblymember David Chiu

In November 2014, David Chiu was elected to the California State Legislature, the first Asian American to represent the 17th Assembly District, which encompasses eastern San Francisco. His committee assignments include (but are not limited to): Budget, Judiciary, and Housing & Community Development.

From 2008-2014 served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors representing District 3 for six years. With a reputation as a consensus maker, Chiu was the first Board President in San Francisco history elected by fellow Supervisors to three consecutive terms, and the first Asian American to hold the post.

Prior to entering politics, David Chiu worked as a civil rights attorney at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights.  His wife Candace Chen, a third generation San Franciscan is a public interest lawyer who represents refugee foster care youth.

The son of immigrant parents, David Chiu grew up in Boston and received his undergraduate, law, and master's in public policy degrees from Harvard University.

2017 Legal Aid Related Legislation Pending:

Assembly Bill (AB) 291: The Immigrant Tenant Protection Act strengthens state law to protect immigrant tenants from intimidation and retaliation in their homes.

Assembly Bill (AB) 699: Educational Equity/Immigration Status: co-authored Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell, D-Long Beach. AB 699 would prohibit U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers from entering California public schools without prior approval from a principal or district superintendent and prevents school officials from collecting information regarding the immigration status of a student or their family members.

Senate Bill (SB) 54: “California Values Act” co-authored with Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) to prevent the use of state and local resources for federal immigration enforcement actions that will separate families and hurt the state’s economy.

Senate Bill (SB) 10: Pre-Trial Bail: SB 10 would require the court to release a defendant being held for a misdemeanor offense on his or her own recognizance unless the court makes an additional finding on the record that there is no condition or combination of conditions that would reasonably ensure public safety and the appearance of the defendant if the defendant is released on his or her own recognizance. This bill would declare the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation that would safely reduce the number of people detained pretrial, while addressing racial and economic disparities in the pretrial system, and to ensure that people are not held in pretrial detention simply because of their inability to afford money bail.

In 2016 Assemblymember Chiu successfully helped pass legislation protecting tenants’ rights and reducing immigrants’ employment barriers.

Target Audience

Open to Legal Services Funders Network and Northern California Grantmaker funder members. 


Contact LSFN here.