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50th Anniversary Feature in SFV Bar Magazine

IN 1965, a group of young attorneys, motivated by a belief that the law could be a powerful tool for social and economic justice, gathered in Pacoima in a dilapidated office in the northeastern part of the San Fernando Valley. They didn’t know it at the time, but they were forming what would one day… Read more »

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New NLSLA Initiative to Help Los Angeles Veterans

NLSLA is proud to announce the launch of its Veterans Initiative, a collaborative effort to address the legal needs of veterans and increase their access to critical housing and support services. Spearheading the effort is NLSLA’s new Equal Justice Works fellow Paula Clamurro, who will focus her work on finding and assisting Vietnam-era veterans who… Read more »


NLSLA Gets $600,000 to Help Domestic Violence Survivors

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women has granted NLSLA $600,000 to support the Comprehensive Legal Assistance and Support Services project, a collaborative effort between NLSLA, East Los Angeles Women’s Center and Strength United. The joint effort will address the complex, interrelated issues impacting victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. The… Read more »


NLSLA Marks 50 Years At the 10th Annual Just Neighbors Celebration

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County celebrated 50 years of changing lives and transforming communities at the organization’s 10th annual Just Neighbors gala at The Westin in Pasadena. Close to 400 friends and supporters gathered on Saturday, October 3, to commemorate the organization’s long history in Los Angeles, to honor the 2015 award recipients,… Read more »

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Congressman Schiff Honors NLSLA in Congressional Record

In honor of NLSLA’s 50th Anniversary, United States Congressman Adam Schiff has entered a tribute to the organization in the congressional record. “Since its inception in 1965, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County has provided much-needed free assistance to impoverished individuals throughout the Los Angeles Area,” Schiff wrote. “The firm encourages a holistic approach,… Read more »

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A Congratulatory Letter from Diane Feinstein

In honor of our 50th anniversary, United States Senator Diane Feinstein sent NLSLA a congratulatory letter to commemorate our decades of working “tirelessly to advocate for the impoverished citizens of Los Angeles.” NLSLA, Feinstein wrote, “has put forth extraordinary efforts to diminish the effects of poverty by providing legal representation, public education and social advocacy… 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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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 »