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Legal Link

Oakland, CA, United States
Joined March 2016

Legal Link removes legal barriers that prolong poverty by adding critically needed capacity to the legal ecosystem.

Presence in: United States
Focus: Access to Information, Generalist Legal Services, Housing & Sanitation, Traditional / Customary Justice

Legal Link supports non-lawyer staff at existing community-based organizations by equipping them with the confidence, competence, and training to address their clients’ legal challenges that present obstacles to self-sufficiency.

People Associated With This Organization

Kate Richardson

United States  
Legal Link
Joined April 2012
Interests: Family, Generalist Legal Services, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Women's Rights
I am currently the Co-Executive Director of Legal Link, a California-based nonprofit that is creating and supporting a new frontline of community legal navigators. Legal Link works to remove legal barriers that prolong poverty by adding critically needed capacity to the legal ecosystem. We train and support community partners to act as navigators for families inadequately supported by the legal system. We envision a world in which communities are able to rise out of poverty with equitable access to a just legal system.

As a former Namati team member, I have dedicated my legal career to supporting innovative models that work to close the access to justice gap. Prior to joining Legal Link, I worked as the Legal Director at Swords to Plowshares, a community-based nonprofit that provides holistic, wraparound services to homeless and low-income veterans.

Sacha Steinberger

United States  
Legal Link
Joined March 2016
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Economic Empowerment, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice
I started Project Legal Link, which helps low-income San Franciscans get to the legal services they need. I specifically focus on supporting social service providers and their clients. The project is funded by Tipping Point Community.

My work started with helping very low-income residents, and their advocates, understand the legal system and navigate the 60+ non-profit legal providers in San Francisco. A couple years in, I am also very curious what a legal empowerment lens could bring to this work and where there might be possibility to build in a community advocate component.

I am so impressed and inspired by Namati's work and look forward to learning more from this community. I am looking to connect with other practitioners using similar models, and am particularly curious to learn of any US-based projects.

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