LSPC provides legal trainings upon request to California legal services offices on issues affecting incarcerated parents and their families, battered women serving life sentences and formerly-incarcerated people. Topics include: visitation and family rights, child support, employment discrimination, civil rights and criminal justice policy, conditions of confinement, criminal justice realignment, and conducting investigations and building a factual basis for civil relief. In addition to trainings conducted by our staff attorneys, LSPC offers trainings facilitated by paralegals who are formerly-incarcerated to provide culturally-competent legal support to service centers working with people impacted by the prison system.

Here are some of the trainings we’ve conducted:

Upward and Onward: Reentry Legal Services 2.0 11/29-30/12 Los Angeles, CA
A two-day convening for California reentry legal service providers to learn, strategize, and build coalition. The focus will be on remedies available to help overcome barriers to employment and housing, along with policy and project initiatives that seek to change the legal landscape. Formerly-incarcerated people and their family and friends are welcome. The CLE training on the second day is specifically intended for legal advocates providing direct service to people with conviction history.Co-organized by Legal Services with Children, A New Way of Life, East Bay Community Law Center, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area, All of Us or None, Inner City Law Center and Harriet Buhai

Realignment One Year Later: Impact on California Legal Service Providers  10/30/2012 – Webinar

From Tipping Point to Turning Point: California Reentry Legal Services in the New Era 12/5-6/11 Oakland, CA

Recent California Reentry Legislative Victories: The Good, The Great, and the Complicated, 12/12/2013: Co-sponsors of reentry bills recently signed by Governor Brown, including AB 651 (Bradford – Set-asides and dismissals for people sentenced under Realignment) and AB 218 (Dickinson – Ban the Box), will discuss implementation and provide practice tips. This training will also address SB 530 (Wright – Criminal record reporting to employers and changes to Certificate of Rehabilitation law), SB 513 (Hancock – Diversion Programs and Record Sealings), AB 625 (Quirk – Acceptance of Inmate ID Cards), and AB 720 (Skinner – Inmate Healthcare Enrollment). Panelists will also address recent court decisions, changes to the AOC’s statewide reentry court forms, and other updates on reentry law. Presented by: CT Turney, A New Way of Life (Co-Sponsor of AB 651); 

Michelle Natividad Rodriguez, National Employment Law Project (Co-Sponsor of AB 218);

Meredith Desautels, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights (Co-Sponsor of AB 651); 

Eliza Hersh, East Bay Community Law Center (Co-Sponsor of AB 651);

Jesse Stout, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children (Co-Sponsor of AB 218); 

Tanya Koshy (Moderator), East Bay Community Law Center

LAAC Armchair Trainings: Post-Traveling Training Series: Child Custody and Visiting Rights of the Recently Incarcerated, 12/3/2013: In this age of mass incarceration, more parents than ever are behind bars. But many are being released and want to reunite with their minor children. This program addresses the unique barriers that these clients face and how you can help overcome them. Relevant to dependency court, family court and probate court guardianship matters. Presented by Carol Strickman, Staff Attorney, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children

LAAC Armchair Trainings: Post-Traveling Training Series: Legislative Advocacy to Benefit Formerly Incarcerated Clients
, 11/19/2013: Many legal services clients are formerly incarcerated people. Returning to jail or prison can be the worst development for our clients’ well-being. To ease reentry and reduce recidivism, we can propose and support state legislation that reunifies families and communities, and restores human and civil rights. This webinar will explore advocacy tactics and the fundamentals of the legislative process. As a case study, we will use AB 218, 2013’s “Fairness in Government Hiring Practices Act.” Presented by Jesse Stout, Policy Director, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children