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Andrea Tozer, NLSLA Board Member & Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

Before Andrea Tozer joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors, she took on several pro bono cases for the organization, representing immigrants who were the victims of violence. One of those cases stands out as both particularly troubling and especially rewarding. Her client had come to the United States to escape horrific gang violence, but found violence… Read more »

Helping the Newly Unemployed Weather the Storm

Since efforts to contain the pandemic effectively shut down the California economy in late March, more than 1.3 million Los Angeles County residents have become unemployed. Among them is Henry, a 69-year old washing-machine operator and driver for a restaurant supply company who provides for himself and his wife. When he lost his job, he… Read more »

We’re Counting On You

The impact of the novel coronavirus on the communities we serve is just beginning to surface, and we know that, for people living in poverty, the worst is yet to come. In order to meet the growing needs of our communities, I need your financial support and urge you to make a donation today. A recent… Read more »

Advocates Hail End of Controversial Los Angeles County PACE Program

Homeowner and consumer advocates call on local entities statewide to follow the County’s lead and protect vulnerable homeowners from predatory financing scheme LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – May 19, 2020 – Bet Tzedek, Public Counsel, ACCE, Haven Neighborhood Services, Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and UC Irvine School of Law are celebrating Los Angeles County’s… Read more »

Remembering Caron Smith

Caron Smith, a longtime NLSLA advocate and a fixture in the San Fernando Valley legal services community, passed away Monday after experiencing complications from a previous surgical procedure. She was 60 years old, and anyone who knew her well knew that she was far from finished with her work expanding access to justice. For Caron,… Read more »

NLSLA Advocates Work to Ensure Tenants Benefit from New Protections

On January 1, 2020, new protections for all California renters went into effect. AB 1482, known as the Tenant Protection Act, gives California renters, including everyone in Los Angeles County, additional protections from steep rent increases and evictions.   The new law sets limits on how much landlords of many rental units can raise rents… Read more »

NLSLA Expands Public Charge Advocacy to Reach Immigrants in Myriad Communities

In the aftermath of changes to federal law that redefine who is considered a “public charge”—or taxpayer burden—in the eyes of immigration officials, NLSLA has significantly increased its efforts to educate immigrants and partner organizations on the changes, and to prevent unnecessary loss of critical public benefits in impacted communities. NLSLA has expanded advocacy efforts… Read more »

NLSLA Celebrates New Office Serving San Gabriel Valley

NLSLA celebrated the opening of its new San Gabriel office in El Monte, with a special ribbon cutting ceremony that included elected officials, community leaders, board members and staff. The new location—twice as spacious as the organization’ previous El Monte office—will accommodate its expanding services in the San Gabriel Valley. Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda… Read more »

NLSLA’s Health Work Featured in LSC’s ‘Innovations in Legal Aid’

NLSLA’s health work is featured on the Legal Services Corporation’s “Innovations in Legal Aid” blog, which highlights best practices in the delivery of legal services. LSC commended NLSLA’s health work for both its breadth and innovation, and highlighted its efforts spearheading the Health Consumer Center, Medical Legal Community Partnerships, and successful health-related impact litigation and… Read more »

NLSLA Among Eleven Groups Across Country To Receive LSC Disaster Relief Grants

Neighborhood Legal Services is among eleven legal aid organizations across the country to receive disaster relief grants from the Legal Services Corporation. The grants support projects that mobilize pro bono attorneys, enhance online resources for survivors, and improve communication and cooperation among legal aid clients, pro bono attorneys, and partner organizations. “Natural disasters have a… Read more »