CCSLS What's New


  • CCSLS SELECTED BY ABA TO PARTICIPATE IN ACCESS TO JUSTICE EVENT

CCSLS was just selected to participate in the ABA Litigation Section Access to Justice Committee's two-day institute in May 2017 on best practices in fundraising for legal services organizations.  Only a handful of organizations nationwide are chosen each year through a competitive application process.
  • CLINIC SPONSORED BY CSAA INSURANCE GROUP, CCSLS AND PLEASANT HILL REC & PARK DISTRICT

CCSLS launched its Pro Bono Partners program last year and in the fall opened a second clinic to provide free Advance Health Care Directives to seniors.  The clinic is sponsored by members of the Legal Division of CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, as its corporate Pro Bono Partner.  In the Pro Bono Partners program, corporations in the county provide volunteers pro bono to staff CCSLS' legal clinics, a win-win for the community's seniors.  Seniors aged 60 and over who reside in Contra Costa County can make an appointment by calling the Pleasant Hill Senior Center at (925) 798-8788.





  • CCSLS AND MEMBERS OF THE CHEVRON LAW DEPARTMENT SPONSOR TRAVELING CLINIC

On August 3,members of the Chevron Corporation’s Law Department in San Ramon joined CCSLS’ volunteer legal team, pictured here, to prepare free Advance Health Care Directives in a special clinic for seniors residing at Vintage Brook Senior Apartments in Concord.  Each month, CCSLS takes its show on the road, traveling to a different senior housing complex in the county to provide AHCDs in on-site clinics to clients residing there who are unable to travel to our office.  CCSLS welcomes our new volunteers, who have generously agreed to provide legal staffing for several more upcoming AHCD clinics countywide over the next 6 months.   CCSLS offers a hearty thank you to the individual members of the Chevron Law Department for making this ongoing volunteer commitment!




  • AIG, CCSLS AND THE CITY OF CONCORD SPONSOR NEW MONTHLY CLINIC AT CONCORD SENIOR CENTER

CCSLS launched its new Pro Bono Partners program on July 14th with a gala ribbon-cutting ceremony to open its new specialty legal clinic in Concord called "Community Partners Clinic: CCSLS with AIG."  (See picture on our "Home" page.)  In CCSLS' Pro bono Partners program, corporations in the county provide attorneys pro bono to staff CCSLS' legal clinics, a win-win for the community's seniors.   Advance Health Care Directives are available free to seniors at this clinic.  An AHCD is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone else to make health care decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able.  Seniors can make an appointment by calling the Concord Senior Center’s front desk at (925) 671-3320.  


  • CCSLS PARTICIPATES IN SENIOR SCAM STOPPER HOSTED BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER TONY THURMOND
On June 20, 2016, Verna Haas participated in the Scam Stopper event in San Pablo.  She and other panelists provided information on preventing scams and on resources available in Contra Costa to seek redress.  About 85 people attended and received, in addition to important information, a free lunch!



  • NEW CLINICS AT TWO SENIOR CENTERS:
In the City of San Pablo, CCSLS just started a new monthly free Wills Clinic for seniors, located in the city's senior center.  This is a the first time a wills clinic has been offered by CCSLS in San Pablo. In consultation with the city, CCSLS has scheduled this clinic intentionally for Friday mornings just before the center offers seniors its $2 Lunch Nutrition Program, so that seniors may receive free legal services and then participate in the lunch program if they so wish.  For more information about the wills clinic, please call CCSLS at (925) 609-7900.   


  •  ROSSMOOR CLINIC
CCSLS continues to see clients in Rossmoor at a monthly clinic sponsored by the Rossmoor Fund.   For more information, call CCSLS at 925-609-7900.

The Rossmoor Clinic:


  •  "EDUCATING SENIORS" PRESENTATION AVAILABLE
  If your organization would like to schedule a presentation for seniors, please call Contra Costa Senior Legal Services.  An attorney is available to inform and educate seniors about responsible estate planning, senior scams, and financial elder abuse.  The goal of the program is to empower seniors to control their own financial destiny and to help them to identify and avoid becoming victims of scams or financial elder abuse.  For a list of recent presentations, see below.

  • WILLS PROGRAM

JFKU and CCSLS continue to collaborate on a program which offers assistance with simple wills for low income seniors (income and resource limits apply--call for more details).  Appointments are available for qualified seniorsServices are provided by law students enrolled in the Elder Law Clinic at JFKU and supervised by their professor, Pamala Zimba, at the CCSLS office in Concord.  Please call CCSLS for information and to make an appointment.

  • VOLUNTEERS

CCSLS welcomes volunteers for both legal and nonlegal positions.  Please contact Verna Haas at verna.haas@ccsls.org if you are interested in volunteering.  For a list of our current volunteers, click on the "Our Volunteers" tab above.

  • RECENT OUTREACH
2017

In March, Catherine Cutler, staff attorney, gave a presentation to seniors in San Pablo at Brookdale Assisted Living to inform residents about the services available to them.

In February, staff gave two presentations on Advance Health Care Directives in Antioch and in Pittsburg.

Also in February, staff presented to the Retired Public Employees Association in Pleasant Hill about resources available at CCSLS for seniors.

2016
In October, CCSLS participated in the El Cerrito Senior Fair.  

In September, staff gave a presentation at Columbia Park Manor in Pittsburg on Advance Health Care Directives.  Also in September, CCSLS participated in the Senior Resource Fair in Antioch.

Verna Haas participated in a presentation to service providers in August about restraining orders in collaboration with Bay Legal and the Family Justice Center.  

In June, staff attorney Cathy Cutler gave an informational seminar on Advance Health Care Directives to residents in a San Ramon Senior Housing complex.  In July, Executive Director Verna Haas gave a presentation to residents at the Vintage Brook Senior apartments.  

In May, CCSLS attended the Senior Health Fair in Richmond.  There were over 100 attendees and we provided information about our services and programs.

In April 2016, CCSLS was pleased to present information about Advance Health Care Directives to residents of Casa Adobe in San Pablo.
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