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 »

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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 »


NLSLA Secures Victory in Medi-Cal Backlog Case

If the state is unable to determine whether an applicant is eligible for Medi-Cal within 45 days, it must grant that applicant temporary health benefits, ruled the Alameda County Superior Court. The January 20 ruling marks a major victory for low-income Californians, many of whom had been stuck in a kind of Medi-Cal limbo while… Read more »


NLSLA Part of Healthcare Roundtable with Vice President Joe Biden

NLSLA was part of a special discussion on healthcare with Vice President Joe Biden on January 24. The Vice President invited nine local organizations and foundations to the event, which took place at LA’s own Homegirl Cafe. NLSLA Deputy Director Yvonne Mariajimenez joined key healthcare stakeholders for an intimate discussion, which also included California Endowment… Read more »


NLSLA Fights to Restore Aid for Children of Domestic Violence Survivors

Velma M. was pregnant, homeless, and on the run with her four children. It had taken all the courage she had to end the nightmare of abuse she endured at the hands of her former partner. But now Velma was experiencing another kind of nightmare—living in a car with her children and staying up all… Read more »

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NLSLA’s Housing Work Featured in The New York Times

The New York Times ran an excellent article about NLSLA and our award-winning housing work leading the Shriver Project – LA, which provides legal representation to people facing eviction in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods. Here’s an excerpt from the piece, “A Push for Legal Aid in Civil Cases Finds Its Advocates:” Established in… Read more »

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NLSLA Sues to Prevent 200,000 Wrongful Medi-Cal Terminations

As many as 200,000 Medi-Cal recipients were shocked to learn they were losing their healthcare benefits at the end of November. In Los Angeles County alone, close to 100,000 Medi-Cal families got termination notices in the first of several waves of terminations by the state, which is moving to push as many as two million… Read more »

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Video: NLSLA and Sun Valley Residents Win Environmental Justice Fight

Sun Valley is quite literally Los Angeles’ dumping ground. Although the area is home to only two percent of the city’s population, it handles some 42 percent of the city’s trash. NLSLA began working with families in Sun Valley when Waste Management, the largest trash disposal company in North America, asked the city of Los… Read more »


NLSLA Sues CA for Putting Lives at Risk by Leaving Hundreds of Thousands in Medi-Cal Limbo

Frances Rivera knew there was something wrong with her son’s heart. The Visalia resident, 68, watched for years as her adult son Robert suffered from an array of conditions that, under the supervision of a primary care physician, would have raised a series of red flags. But Robert, who worked a low-wage job, could not… Read more »

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Just Neighbors 2014 Honors Yaroslavsky for Support of Self-Help Centers

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County hosted its 9th annual Just Neighbors event at The Autry in Griffith Park, where 300 friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s work changing lives and transforming communities across Los Angeles. Guests at the September 6 gala explored the museum’s Route 66 exhibition while honoring this year’s… Read more »