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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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.  Paul comes to NLSLA with more than 20 years experience in legal services, most recently as Vice President at Public Counsel. Paul has been responsible for helping grow… 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 »


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 Liaison to Armenian Community Leads Discussion on Domestic Violence

GLENDALE, CA –When she met the American man who would become her husband, Ayda*was living in war-torn Syria. He promised her freedom from the daily terror she had endured for years, and she followed him to the United States to start a new life. She could not have imagined back then that the terror she… Read more »