Supervisor Solis Asks NLSLA to Help Victims of Maywood Fire

Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis has asked NLSLA to join her in an effort to help the victims of the June 14 Maywood industrial fire that dispersed toxic chemicals and left hundreds of residents, most of them low-income, unable to return to their homes. NLSLA advocates are meeting with community members to identify their… Read more »

NLSLA Board Member Wins Freedom for Wrongfully Convicted Man

NLSLA board member and renowned appellate lawyer Jeff Ehrlich has secured freedom for an innocent man wrongly convicted of a 2000 murder in the Antelope Valley. Ehrlich first heard about Raymond Lee Jennings–who was convicted of killing an 18-year-old woman–after his son, Clint Ehrlich, saw a news program about the case. “He started doing more… Read more »

Legislature Makes Funding for NLSLA-Led Housing Pilot Permanent

The Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act–which funds an NLSLA-led pilot project providing assistance and representation to people facing eviction in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods–is now a permanent program in California. The Act, which funds seven pilot projects across the state, was initially approved in 2009 to provide representation for the poor when critical… Read more »

NLSLA Client Used Her Own Story to Help Others

Courage, said Ernest Hemingway, is grace under pressure. There were more than 200 people gathered at St. Elisabeth church in the San Fernando Valley on a winter evening in 2009, and they were all under immense pressure. It was more than a year into the economic downturn, and the housing market had collapsed. Almost everyone… Read more »

NLSLA E.D. and Board Member in Article on Valley Lawyers Who Argued Before U.S. Supreme Court

NLSLA’s Executive Director Neal Dudovitz and Board Member Jeff Ehrlich are featured on the cover of Valley Lawyer, for a piece about the five Valley lawyers who have argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. “Most appellate attorneys can only dream about appearing before the nation’s high court,” the article reads. “Valley lawyers Douglas… Read more »

Special Recognition for NLSLA’s Housing Work

To celebrate the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors recognized the work of the Shriver Housing Project, an NLSLA-led collaborative of four legal services programs providing representation to people facing eviction in some of Los Angeles’ poorest neighborhoods. “There’s no doubt that the Shriver Housing Project of Los Angeles… Read more »

A New Project to Help Families Focus on Treatment and Recovery

NLSLA is excited to announce a groundbreaking new project to provide critical legal services and other supports to families living in poverty whose adolescent and young adult children are seeking or receiving cancer treatment at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center and Children’s Hospital. The model project, which is funded by a $200,000 grant from the… Read more »

NLSLA to Open New Self-Help Legal Access Center in Chatsworth

Victims of domestic violence will have a new place to turn for help in Chatsworth, where NLSLA is opening a Self Help Legal Access Center in the Chatsworth Courthouse. The new center will provide legal information and education to litigants requiring protection from domestic violence, resolving child custody disputes, seeking a divorce, or looking to… Read more »

Neal Dudovitz Honored for Contributions to Legal Community

NLSLA Executive Director Neal Dudovitz is the recipient of this year’s San Fernando Bar Association Stanley Mosk Legacy of Justice Award for the significant contributions he has made to the legal community over his career. The award is named in honor of the late Associate Justice Stanley Mosk, who served on the California Supreme Court… Read more »

Michelle Kezirian joins NLSLA as new Director of Litigation and Policy Advocacy

Michelle Kezirian is joining NLSLA as our new Director of Litigation and Policy Advocacy and leader of the program’s Health Consumer Center (HCC).  In addition to overseeing HCC’s numerous programs and projects, Michelle will direct NLSLA’s policy advocacy initiatives, cultivate strategic litigation, and provide training/mentoring for NLSLA lawyers. “NLSLA has been a model best-practices project… Read more »