Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County hosted its 9th annual Just Neighbors event at The Autry in Griffith Park, where 300 friends and supporters gathered to celebrate the organization’s work changing lives and transforming communities across Los Angeles.

Guests at the September 6 gala explored the museum’s Route 66 exhibition while honoring this year’s award recipients, whose work has helped Neighborhood Legal Services pave new roads to justice for Los Angeles’ most vulnerable residents.

This year’s honorees included Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose efforts 15 years ago led to the creation of the largest network of self-help legal access centers in the United States. That network—a collaboration between the County Board of Supervisors and Neighborhood Legal Services—has already helped more than 900,000 people stand up and have their voices heard in our county’s courts.

“Through no fault of their own, purely for financial reasons, too many members of our community have found themselves locked out of our civil justice system when they most need help with family law matters, health and housing problems, and consumer, small-business or employment disputes,” Yaroslavsky said. “For these residents, Neighborhood Legal Services and the Self-Help Legal Access Centers they operate are the key to the courthouse door, and I’m very proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish over the past 15 years.”

The organization also recognized Latham & Watkins for the firm’s commitment to expanding access to justice, as well as LAUSD Board Member Monica Garcia for her work ensuring all of Los Angeles’ children have access to a quality education.

View photos from this year’s event [link to short slideshow]