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Posts Categorized: News

Black Lives Matter

Dear Friends: We are, at this moment, a nation in anguish. The pain and anger bringing people to the street in demonstrations across the country was sparked by police brutality, but it is fueled by myriad longstanding injustices and inequalities. At NLSLA we see the result of these entrenched disparities every day. We see it… Read more »

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 »

Our COVID-19 Mission

Dear Friends: These last few days have brought into focus the magnitude of the threat we are facing. Our city, state, and federal governments have taken drastic steps to try and save human lives and prevent this virus from exacting an unbearable toll on our communities. All Californians have now been ordered to stay at… Read more »

NLSLA Welcomes Two New Board Members

At the end of 2019 NLSLA welcome two dynamic board members to the NLSLA family. We are grateful for their commitment and dedication. Nicolas Orihuela Partner Hurwitz, Orihuela & Hayes, LLP   Nicolas Orihuela was first introduced to NLSLA’s work 20 years ago, when he was hired for a summer internship after his first year… Read more »

NLSLA’s Self-Help Network Reaches More Litigants Than Ever Before

Access to the justice system through self-representation is a fundamental right in our democracy. Yet navigating court processes is often confusing and daunting for litigants who are living in poverty, have low-literacy levels or limited English proficiency, or have experienced the trauma of domestic violence or homelessness. Daily, approximately 565 of these individuals find help… Read more »

A Letter from the President and CEO

I’m delighted to share our first newsletter of 2020 with you, our friends and supporters. Our work would not be possible without your financial support and partnership, and I am grateful for your continued commitment to bringing justice to people living in low-income communities in Los Angeles County.   I want to take this opportunity… Read more »

Representative Adam Schiff Honors Former NLSLA Executive Director Neal Dudovitz

Retired NLSLA Executive Director Neal Dudovitz was honored in the Congressional Record by U.S. Representative Adam B. Schiff, who commended Dudovitz for his years of service and called him “a visionary leader and advocate in providing access to legal representation and justice to the underprivileged for over four decades.” Schiff, a longtime supporter of NLSLA… Read more »

NLSLA Lawsuit Challenging U-Visa Delays Moves Forward, Despite Government Effort to Dismiss

An NLSLA lawsuit seeking to enforce the rights of U-visa petitioners and demanding that immigration authorities make good on Congress’ promise to keep them safe will move forward, despite the federal government’s efforts to have the suit dismissed. Federal Judge Dolly Gee agreed to hear the lawsuit, which charges the federal government with unreasonably delaying… Read more »