Karen L. Ballack named 2015 Woman of Influence
Attorney Karen Ballack of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP was named a 2015 Woman of Influence by the San Jose Business Journal. Karen is a longtime supporter of Legal Aid, and serves as co-chair of Legal Aid's annual "And Justice For All" Awards Committee. You can read Karen's full citation here.
Legal Aid Attorney on KALW's "Your Legal Rights"
Legal Aid Pro Bono Attorney Emeritus Jay White was once more a guest on KALW-FM radio's program "Your Legal Rights." With host Chuck Finney, Jay discussed ways that consumers can protect themselves against scams, including such risks as hijacked computers and fraudulent offerings of coverage on the Affordable Care Act.
Listen to Jay's appearance on "Your Legal Rights" here:
You can also hear Jay's previous appearance on "Your Legal Rights" here:
Legal Aid Attorney Receives Thanks
Legal Aid Directing Attorney Shirley Gibson was among the featured presenters at a Tenants and Landlords Informational Forum sponsored by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin in San Mateo.
According to Mullin, "The forum was a great success and accomplished the goal of providing information about the current issues in the San Mateo County rental market for both landlords and tenants, and about roles, responsibilities, rights, and recourse in the landlord/tenant relationship. I am confident that attendees left the forum more knowledgeable than when they arrived."
He further cited Shirley Gibson's participation, thanking her for "your willingness to share your time, experience, and expertise with tenants, landlords, and other interested community members."
Legal Aid Participates in Class Action Suit
The Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County joins the National Senior Citizens Law Center and Morrison & Foerster LLP in a class action suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA), on behalf of San Mateo County resident Kevin Hart and two other plaintiffs.
The suit alleges that SSA denied benefits to Hart, and others, based on "grossly deficient" medical reports from Frank Chen, a doctor who had already been disqualified from their system.
“We are familiar with poor quality consultative examinations, but Kevin’s was particularly poor,” says Legal Aid Staff Attorney Trinh Phan. “When we learned of Dr. Chen’s disqualification, we began to dig deeper to find that Chen’s reports had been and were still being used to deny individuals all over the Bay Area of desperately needed benefits.”
Full details of the case are available at the National Senior Citizens Law Center.
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My law firm and I have worked directly with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County for many years. The staff attorneys are excellent. Not only are they very knowledgeable but they mentor and assist the volunteer attorneys. My volunteer experience has been very rewarding and I would strongly encourage other legal professionals in the area to work with this organization. - Legal Aid Volunteer
I had a friend who ended up in a homeless shelter for a variety of financial, physical and personal issues. This person was disabled and could not work. He had applied for early social security and was denied 3 times. It was only when the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County visited the homeless shelter, that he was able to get the assistance he needed to appeal the Social Security decision. This friend did win the appeal. He was able to leave the homeless shelter and move into his own place. This person is in a safe home, receiving Medicare for his disability and in a much better place. Thanks a bunch! Thank you Legal Aid for the great work! - Friend of a Legal Aid Client
I have been volunteering in the Share of Cost Clinic organized by the Legal Aid Society for years. It is a very well organized program, with good training and training refreshers at the beginning of every clinic. There are always attorneys around to help with questions you have as they come up. I would definitely encourage others to work with this great nonprofit organization. - Legal Aid Volunteer