Nicole Bates

  • Hosted by Legal Services for Children
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location San Francisco, California
  • Law school University of California, Hastings College of the Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth
  • Fellowship class year 2014
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Nicole provided trauma-informed legal advocacy for children in Bayview Hunters Point (Bayview), San Francisco designed to serve as a model for future Legal Services for Children (LSC) community-based clinics.

Bayview has been identified as one of the Bay Area’s five extreme poverty communities with over 40% of residents living below the federal poverty line. Despite the critical need for services, residents (particularly children) do not have access to free legal services. Through the collaboration with the Center for Youth Wellness clinic, Nicole and LSC staff attorneys and social workers are providing holistic legal and case management services to children in Bayview. This project is making LSC’s guardianship, education, immigration, and dependency services accessible to an underserved community and plays a preventive role in addressing their legal needs in a way that responds to their histories of trauma.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Nicole has:

  • Directly represented children in their school discipline matters, guardianship cases, and dependency matters
  • Identified and collaborated with youth-serving organizations in Bayview to increase access points for children and youth needing LSC’s services
  • Implemented Know Your Rights training for parents and community advocates to empower them with legal tools

Next Steps

In the next year, Nicole plans to:

  • Strengthen collaboration between organizations in Bayview, ensuring the delivery of comprehensive legal, wellness, and social services for disadvantaged children and their families
  • Continue working with abused and neglected children at Legal Services for Children

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