Monthly Archives: April 2020

Doug Smith Joins NLSLA Board

Doug Smith, a litigator with Mayer Brown, joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors this month, after decades of pro bono contributions that have earned him numerous prestigious awards. Smith has always had a deep commitment to public service, but it wasn’t until a string of clerkships – including one on the U.S. Court of Appeals for… Read more »

“How Can The Landlord Ask Me for This When There Is a Worldwide Pandemic?”

As an after-school care teacher with the Los Angeles Unified School District, Mary* was never able to save money for a rainy day. So when the virus hit and her hours were cut significantly, she didn’t have much of a cushion to fall back on. She knew immediately that she would no longer be able… Read more »

As More People Fall Into Poverty, Legal Aid Is a Lifeline

In 1994, immediately after the Northridge Earthquake, NLSLA advocates reached out to residents to see what kind of legal advocacy they might need. By the time hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana, NLSLA had created a nationally recognized model for disaster legal services, and its lawyers were flown to New Orleans to aid local legal services organizations… Read more »