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New Fresno Workers’ Rights Clinic
On April 18, the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (Legal Aid) added Fresno to the list of its Workers’ Rights Clinic sites. The Fresno Workers’ Rights Clinic is a collaboration of Legal Aid, Central California Legal Services (CCLS), the Mexican Consulate, and the Fresno-based law firm of Lang, Richert & Patch.
The Fresno Clinic is housed at CCLS and is staffed by attorneys from Legal Aid, CCLS and members of the local bar, as well as paralegals and law students. Initially operating once per month, the Clinic will provide free legal services to low-wage workers, including farm workers, in the Central Valley who face a range of workplace problems including unpaid wages and overtime, health and safety violations and discrimination.
The inaugural Clinic brought together 20 volunteer attorneys and counselors, most of whom spoke both English and Spanish. Together they provided information and referrals to 28 workers.
Credit for conceiving and launching the Fresno Workers’ Rights Clinic goes in large part to the efforts of Ana de Alba, a Berkeley Law graduate and former counselor at the East Bay Workers’ Rights Clinic. Born and raised in Fresno where she now lives, Ana practices employment law at Lang, Richert & Patch and is on the board of directors at CCLS.