Multiple studies have shown that California’s exorbitant fines and fees for minor traffic infractions – and automatic license suspensions when there is a missed payment or court date – can further trap people in poverty. An estimated 4.2 million people have lost their driving privileges as a result of these punitive policies, which disproportionately impact low-income people of color. Stuck with massive debts and suspended licenses, people lose jobs, miss medical appointments, struggle with childcare, and get more tickets and fines for driving without a license.

On June 24, 2015, the Governor signed into law a one-time amnesty program for unpaid traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets. This law, which is aimed at providing some relief for poor people saddled with insurmountable debts and suspended licenses, sunsets on March 31, 2017.

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) cordially invites you to attend an upcoming legal training on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, and will be conducted simultaneously via video-conferencing at the following two separate locations:

Downtown Los Angeles: Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP | 333 South Grand Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90071

Century City: O’Melveny & Myers LLP | 1999 Avenue of the Stars #700 | Los Angeles, CA 90067

Free CLE, parking, and lunch will be provided at both locations. This training is co-sponsored by Gibson Dunn LLP and O’Melveny & Myers LLP, and is open to all law firms.

For those volunteers interested in helping low-income people obtain ticket amnesty and reinstate their drivers licenses, the training will cover everything you will need to know. There will also be two opportunities to volunteer at upcoming community clinics on February 25, 2017 and March 25, 2017 – before the law sunsets.

To RSVP for this important training, please e-mail Sharon Bashan, at sharonbashan@nlsla.org, by close of business, Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Please be sure to indicate in your e-mail which location you plan to attend (Downtown or Westside).