NLSLA Turns 50!

For five decades, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County has provided effective, innovative legal services in Los Angeles’ most vulnerable neighborhoods. As the program has grown over the years, NLSLA developed new, innovative ways to meet the myriad needs of individuals, families, and communities throughout Los Angeles: we’ve put our attorneys in community health… Read more »

Pro Bono Victory Against Notorious Notario

After an illegal notario filed for bankruptcy to avoid paying his victims-many of them NLSLA clients-we co-counseled with Morrison Foerster to force him to pay the money he stole while pretending to be an attorney and preying on the poor. Jesus Lozano has been practicing law without a license, taking money from vulnerable, low-income immigrants, falsely claiming to be… Read more »

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NLSLA Strategy for Holding Banks Accountable Featured in Series of Op-Eds

An NLSLA strategy for holding banks accountable for the damage they caused low-income communities got some critical traction when it was featured in a series of Op-Ed pieces published June 17. Renowned Occidental College politics professor Peter Drier featured the strategy- which asks federal reserve chair Janet Yellen to halt a planned bank merger until… Read more »

Cori Racela (right) helps enroll new patients in healthcare plans.  (Photo:  Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2013)

NLSLA Lawsuit Halts Wrongful Medi-Cal Terminations for Millions

In a remarkable victory for access to healthcare and due process, a superior court judge in Oakland has halted wrongful Medi-Cal terminations statewide after NLSLA and its partners sued to end the state’s illegal practices. Starting last November, hundreds of thousands of Med-Cal recipients began receiving notices in English from the state that their benefits… Read more »

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Just Neighbors – A 50th Anniversary Celebration

On October 3rd, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) celebrates our 50th Anniversary.  We invite you to join us at our Just Neighbors Celebration to support our 50 years of changing lives and transforming communities.  The Celebration will be held at the Westin Pasadena. We are particularly proud to be honoring: Stanley Toy,… Read more »

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Paul Freese Joins NLSLA

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA) is pleased to announce that Paul L. Freese, Jr. will join our team as Director of Litigation & Policy Advocacy.  He began his career with Perkins Coie for six years before joining Public Counsel and becoming their first Vice President. Paul has been responsible for helping grow advocacy… Read more »

Cori Racela (right) helps enroll new patients in healthcare plans.  (Photo:  Anne Cusack, Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2013)

NLSLA Helps California Families Navigate Health Care

Associate Director of Policy & Litigation Cori Racela helped health journalist Emily Bazar bring attention to an issue that compromises the health of many low- and moderate-income Californians: the transition between Covered California and Medi-Cal. In her article, “Bouncing Between Medi-Cal and Covered California,” Bazar looks at what happens to people’s coverage when they are… Read more »


NLSLA among Those Working to Expand Access to Justice in Monterey Park

MONTEREY PARK, CA — “Nearly 80 percent of residents in Monterey Park speak a language other than English at home and 15 percent live below the poverty line,” said Neal Dudovitz, Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. “This new partnership allows us to improve our advocacy to reduce the effects of… Read more »

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NLSLA and Councilman Cedillo Oppose Bank Merger, Demand Community Benefits

LOS ANGELES, CA – Federal regulators must reject the creation of the first new ‘Too Big to Fail’ bank since the financial crisis, unless One West Bank and CIT Group agree to make substantial affordable housing investments to help families and communities devastated by the banks’ unscrupulous practices. Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County… Read more »


NLSLA Stands with City Attorney to Stop Lawyer Preying on Poor

NLSLA attorney Maria Palomares and litigation director Dave Pallack stood with Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer as he announced criminal charges against a man who for years had misrepresented himself as a lawyer in order to take advantage of low-income, predominantly Spanish-speaking people seeking legal assistance. NLSLA attorneys had over the course of several… Read more »

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Former NLSLA Attorney Named SF Valley Judge of the Year

The San Fernando Valley Bar Association will honor former NLSLA family law attorney and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Harvey Silberman as Judge of the Year for his lifelong commitment to justice. Silberman, who joined NLSLA in 1998 to direct the organization’s family law and domestic violence work, first came to Los Angeles to pursue… Read more »