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 »

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 and Partners Recognized With 2019 Impact Award from National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships

The National Center for Medical Legal Partnerships awarded the Whole Person Care LA Medical-Legal Community Partnership – a collaborative of legal services groups led by NLSLA, in partnership with the County Department of Health Services – with its 2019 Impact Award for “its groundbreaking vision in creating unified access to legal services for vulnerable Medi-Cal… Read more »

Volunteer Profile – Paul Loh, President NLSLA Board of Directors

Paul Loh didn’t spend much time thinking about public interest law when he was making his way through law school. Loh, who now serves as NLSLA’s board president, grew up in the South Bay suburb of Torrance, far away from the hardships that plague so many people living in poverty in Los Angeles. “I had… Read more »

NLSLA Health Work Highlighted at ABA Annual Meeting

Earlier this month, NLSLA’s Deputy Director Yvonne Mariajimenez, who will take the helm as executive director in September, was invited to speak at the American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco. NLSLA was one of two legal services groups invited to present at the event, which was intended to raise awareness of the impact… 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 »

John B. Major, of Munger, Tolles & Olson, Joins NLSLA Board

John B. Major, a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors. “I wanted to serve on a board that was more than just a funding commitment – I wanted an organization that I could grow with as I move forward in my career.” Major also… Read more »

Neal Dudovitz Honored by County Board of Supervisors

Outgoing Executive Director, Neal Dudovitz was honored for his decades of service to low-income communities at the Los Angeles Board of Supervisors meeting of July 30. “For more than 40 years Neal has been dedicated to providing meaningful access to justice – he’s an accomplished advocate and a visionary leader,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor… Read more »

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 »