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Thursday, December 7 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
The Benefits of Rural Legal Aid and What Big Cities Can Learn

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Far too often, our legal aid community focuses on the challenges faced by rural civil legal aid providers and how, if only the "rural" component were not an issue, they would fare much better. However, there are unique benefits to serving low-income clients in rural and more isolated areas. This session will highlight these benefits and show how perceived challenges are addressed for the advantage of the local community and the clients in which it serves. Big and small city session attendees alike will acquire takeaways for how their legal offices can replicate similar strategies to make a larger impact. Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance (GBLA) has provided high quality legal services to Kern County's low-income and vulnerable populations since 1968. Kern County's primary production is agriculture and oil, and it is the third largest county geographically in California. GBLA employees face unique obstacles in providing services to the entire county with one centrally located office. Staff must often travel, sometimes for several hours, to reach their clients and outlying courts. Learn how GBLA addressed rural needs to maximize cohesive service to clients, irrespective of whether they live two minutes or two hours from the legal aid office, and how you can replicate this success to build strong and lasting relationships with the local bench and bar and community organizations to assistance its client community.


Lyndsi Andreas

Staff Attorney, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance
Lyndsi Andreas is a staff attorney in the Education Law Project and the Access to Justice Rural Project at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. In this position, she represents low-income clients with respect to school discipline, special education, truancy, bullying, and civil... Read More →

Cynthia Bradshaw

Volunteer Attorney Program Coordinator, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Cynthia Bradshaw serves as Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance’s (GBLA) Volunteer Attorney Program coordinator. Before this role, Cynthia served as the Volunteer Attorney Program paralegal for two years and as a consumer health advocate for the Kern Health Consumer Center (KHCC... Read More →

Christa Daley

Staff Attorney, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Christa Daley is a staff attorney in the Shriver Housing Unit at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc. In that position, she represents low-income tenants in unlawful detainer cases. Before joining GBLA, Christa worked as a post bar fellow at the National Housing Law Project... Read More →

Alexandria Forester

Supervising Attorney, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Alexandria Forester is the supervising attorney for the Kern Health Consumer Center (KHCC) at Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance. The KHCC is the Kern County partner of the statewide Health Consumer Alliance (HCA), a network of legal-aid-based health consumer assistance programs... Read More →

Jina Kim

Staff Attorney, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Jina Kim is a staff attorney with the GBLA Fair Housing Law Project (FHLP). In this capacity, she interviews clients, investigates claims of housing discrimination, and represents clients in fair housing complaints filed with HUD and DFEH. Jina has also represented clients in fair... Read More →

Marcos Vargas

Staff Attorney, Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, Inc.
Marcos A. Vargas is the supervising staff attorney in the Domestic Violence Reduction Project of Greater Bakersfield Legal Assistance, where he represents victims of domestic violence in Custody, Support, and Restraining Order hearings. Marcos was also head of the Homeless Law Center... Read More →

Thursday December 7, 2017 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
Meeting Room 2 Meeting Room Level