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February 21, 2024

San Luis Obispo County Residents Clear Criminal Records with Help from CRLA and Local Partners

San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office, San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, San Luis Obispo Defenders, Restorative Partners, People’s Justice Project, California Rural Legal Assistance, and San Luis Obispo College of Law will host a free legal Clean Slate Clinic for San Luis Obispo County residents for criminal record expungement, felony reduction, and arrest record sealing on Friday, March 8, 2024.

December 29, 2023

December 2023 Litigation Update

Over the past couple of weeks, CRLA clients and advocates have creatively engaged in zealous advocacy in a number of significant litigation cases. We wanted to share a snapshot of these cases.

December 11, 2023

CRLA, Inc. Announces $3.6 Million Gift from MacKenzie Scott

The funds position California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. to significantly expand community-led justice in rural areas on the front lines of climate change, the housing crisis, and other statewide challenges.

October 30, 2023

Groups Challenge Water Boards’ Orders as Harmful to Disadvantaged Communities and Fisheries

The State Water Board’s September 2023 decision has statewide policy and downstream impacts and represents the state government’s unwillingness to confront decades of pollution by the agricultural industry—despite rising nitrate contamination and resulting lack of clean, safe, affordable drinking water for many communities.

June 30, 2023

LGBTQ+ Program Expands Access to Name and Gender Marker Corrections

Name and gender marker corrections open the door to a life of safety, stability, and authenticity for CRLA clients. Yet many people may feel intimidated by the process or unsure of their rights or where to start. Legal services can make the difference for them.


April 17, 2023

Farmworkers Who Picked Driscoll’s Strawberries in Oxnard File Suit Alleging Stolen Wages

VENTURA, CA (April 17, 2023) — Seventeen farmworkers filed a lawsuit today in the Ventura County Superior Court of California, alleging that they were not fully paid for picking Driscoll’s strawberries during the 2022 harvesting season. A press conference will be held outside the Ventura County Superior Court, 800 S Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93009 on April 19, 2023 at 4:00pm.

March 16, 2023

Jessica M. Jewell takes helm of CRLA, Inc., largest legal aid organization serving rural California

Modesto-based attorney Jessica M. Jewell, first woman to lead California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc., sees power of rural residents to shape civil rights in post-COVID climate change era

January 24, 2023

CRLA Statement Regarding Gun Violence in Half Moon Bay, Monterey Park, and Goshen

All people deserve to live free of violence. We will continue to fight alongside vulnerable communities to ensure they have access to justice and resources that build community safety and wellbeing.


December 28, 2022

Welcome CRLA's New Executive Director

"The Board voted unanimously to place our unconditional trust in Jessica Jewell’s leadership and expect only great things from her stewardship.”

December 27, 2022

My Last Ask As Executive Director

Your year-end gift can create a more just California


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