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June 7, 2024

Ventura County Residents Clear Criminal Records with Help from CRLA and Pro Bono Partners

CRLA, Bank of America, McGuireWoods LLP, and Jubilee Legal will host a free criminal record expungement clinic on June 12, 2024 in Ventura.

June 6, 2024

California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. Launches Drop-in Legal Clinics at Paso Robles City Library

CRLA is collaborating with the Paso Robles City Library to offer Drop-in Legal Clinics on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Come speak confidentially with CRLA staff on June 11 and June 25.

May 3, 2024

April 2024 Updates: Keep the Promise of Equal Justice

A win for unhoused San Luis Obispo clients and more systemic advocacy updates from California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

April 24, 2024

Systemic Advocacy Update Spring 2024

Learn about CRLA's recent systemic advocacy with low-income California communities, including work to defend the rights of unhoused people, support LGBTQ+ students, and challenge racially discriminatory access to safe drinking water in the Central Coast.


April 15, 2024

CRLA and Partner Organizations Host First-ever Statewide Language and Disability Justice Retreat

Advocates gathered in Sacramento to explore the long history of language and disability justice and selected priorities that aim to weave access and inclusion into every aspect of our state government, from how laws are made to how information and services are provided.  

March 20, 2024

Racial Discrimination Complaint Names CA State Water Board As Partly To Blame For Fertilizer Contamination In Central Coast Drinking Wells

Latino community groups in California's Central Coast region filed a Civil Rights Complaint with the U.S. EPA against the State Water Resources Control Board to address racially disproportionate impacts of water pollution from nitrogen fertilizers used by the agricultural industry. 

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.


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