Posts Categorized: News

NLSLA Responds to Community Fear About Proposed Immigration Law Changes

For months now, NLSLA advocates have been hearing from immigrants fearful of proposed changes to federal law, which could redefine who is considered a “public charge”—or taxpayer burden—in the eyes of immigration officials. “People are panicked, and they’re afraid their reliance on Medi-Cal and food stamps could impact their residency applications if the changes take… Read more »

NLSLA Sues To Protect The Immigrant Victims Of Violent Crimes

It’s been almost four years since A.S.’s husband tried to kill her, stabbing her repeatedly until a neighbor ran in to help. The shock and trauma of that day are still fresh, and A.S. can’t tell the story without breaking down. “After the first time he stabbed me I still didn’t know what he was… Read more »

NLSLA Bankruptcy Volunteer Awarded for Outstanding Pro Bono Services

NLSLA volunteer Mark Brenner was awarded the William J. Lasarow Award for his extraordinary pro bono services at the San Fernando Valley Bankruptcy Self-Help Center. “People like Mark epitomize what the Self-Help Center is all about: to make sure everyone— even people who can’t afford an attorney—have access to the bankruptcy court,” said NLSLA Executive… Read more »

NLSLA And Partners Celebrate First Year Of New MLCP Collaborative

NLSLA was proud to join its partners in celebrating the one year anniversary of the Medical Legal Community Partnership-LA Health Collaborative, an expansive MLCP project that leverages the expertise of Los Angeles’ most prominent legal services organizations to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and communities throughout the County. “This collaboration, where advocates from NLSLA,… Read more »

NLSLA Executive Director Steps Down, Deputy Director Takes Helm

As Neal Dudovitz retires and Yvonne Mariajimenez becomes director, NLSLA reflects on its legacy expanding access to justice in Los Angeles, and looks to a bright future. After 25 years of leadership, Neal Dudovitz is stepping down as Executive Director of Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County. Yvonne Mariajimenez, who for 20 years has… Read more »

NLSLA Breaks Ground on New El Monte Office

NLSLA has broken ground on its new office in El Monte! The new location—twice as spacious as our previous El Monte office—will accommodate our expanding services in the San Gabriel Valley. The office is centrally located on the corner of Santa Anita Avenue and Main Streets, right next to El Monte bus and Metro stations…. Read more »

Kirkland & Ellis’ Sharre Lotfollahi Joins NLSLA Board

NLSLA is proud to announce the newest member of its Board of Directors, Kirkland & Ellis’ Sharre Lotfollahi. Sharre is a partner in Kirkland’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group and focuses on disputes involving trade secret, patent, trademark, and copyright, including licensing disputes regarding intellectual property. NLSLA got to know Sharre when Kirkland partnered with the… Read more »

NLSLA Protects 45,000 Low-Income Renters in Successful Lawsuit

Thanks to your support and the dedication of NLSLA’s advocates, more than 45,000 families who depend on Section 8 rental subsidies are now protected from sudden, illegal rent hikes that threatened to push them into homelessness. In a major victory for low-income renters across the city, NLSLA secured a groundbreaking settlement requiring the Los Angeles… Read more »

NLSLA Coordinates Toy Drive, Volunteers Step in to Help

This holiday season, NLSLA coordinated a toy drive for students experiencing homelessness at Telfair Elementary School in Pacoima. More than 25 percent of Telfair’s students are homeless. They live in motels, in cars, and in garages. Their families struggle to get through each day, and the children carry the burden of these precarious situations into… Read more »

NLSLA Spearheads Effort to Help Low-Income Victims of Woolsey Fire

The Southern California Woolsey fire is finally contained, but the devastation it caused is just beginning to come into focus. That devastation has a disproportionate impact on low-income people, many of whom lost their homes or place of employment as a result of the fires. And so NLSLA is stepping in to help, spearheading a… Read more »