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Legal Assistance for Seniors provides free legal representation and advice, health insurance counseling, and community education to qualified Alameda County residents.

 

Overview

 

The mission of LAS is to ensure the independence and dignity of seniors by protecting their legal rights through education, counseling, and advocacy.

Our vision is that all seniors will be able to live with safety, dignity, and the greatest possible independence regardless of their economic, social, or health circumstances.

Our location is 1970 Broadway in Uptown Oakland.  Our family friendly office is directly above the 19th street BART station and across the street from a major AC Transit transfer point at Broadway and 20th Streets.  With easy access via the free "B" Broadway Shuttle Bus, we are accessible from anywhere in the downtown area. Click here for a map.

Our programs: We offer free legal services, health insurance counseling, and community education for seniors in Alameda County. We also host an Annual Conference on Elder Abuse each year in the spring.

Our supporters: LAS is supported by a variety of sources, including volunteers, individual donors, foundations, government agencies, and the State Bar of California Legal Services Trust Fund Program. See a list of our grant funders, or see how you can get involved!

 

History

  • Legal Assistance for Seniors was founded in 1976 by three women who re-entered the workforce with the goal of protecting seniors' legal rights.
  • The agency began as a storefront office in downtown Oakland, with the mission of promoting the independence and dignity of Alameda County seniors by providing legal services to assure life’s most basic needs.
  • LAS obtained its first federal funding in 1978 and became incorporated as a private nonprofit organization in 1984.
  • In 1988, recognizing the need to provide seniors with assistance in understanding the complex rules governing Medicare and other health insurance programs, the agency began offering the Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program (HICAP) as part of its services.
  • In 2000, the agency expanded its service base to include limited legal assistance to HICAP clients in Contra Costa County.
  • Today, LAS is the only legal services program in Alameda County devoted exclusively to assisting seniors.

 

Who We Are

 

Board of Directors

Management

Maria I. Lawless - President

Monica Dell'Osso - Vice-President

Devina E. Whitley - Treasurer

Joy Soulier - Secretary

Board of Directors - Complete List

Francel D'Andrea - Executive Director

Janet Van Deusen - HICAP Program Manager

Lenora Merlander - Chief Financial Officer

Kirsten Voyles - Managing Attorney

Gene Hacker - Operations & HR Manager

Community Resources

 

LAS participates in Alameda County 2-1-1 and Ptown Life (City of Pleasanton):

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Upcoming Events
African American Caregiving & Wellness Forum Apr 25, 2015 08:30 AM - 02:30 PM — N. Oakland Sr. Ctr., 5714 MLK Way, 94609
Senior Service Program - Radio Zindagi 1550 AM Apr 27, 2015 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM — Fremont
**Private Event** Welcome to Medicare: An Overview of Coverage and Options Apr 28, 2015 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM — Intertribal Friendship House, 523 Internat'l Blvd. Oakland 94606
LGBT Resource Fair: Bay Area Seniors Apr 30, 2015 10:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Alta Bates, Bechtel Rm, Lower level, 400 Hawthorn Ave Oakland 94609
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