LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES

aka LAFLA   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.lafla.org

Mission

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles seeks to achieve equal justice for people living in poverty across Greater Los Angeles. We change lives through direct representation, systems change and community education. To achieve our mission, LAFLA's expert team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff works with the community in a variety of ways: - Provides direct representation - Offers counsel and advice - Provides referrals - Educates community about legal rights through workshops and seminars LAFLA's legal priorities encompass: - Supporting families - Preserving quality, affordable housing - Maintaining economic stability - Promoting safety, security, & health - Serving populations with special vulnerabilities -Protecting human & civil rights

Ruling year info

1943

Principal Officer

Ms. Silvia R. Argueta

Main address

1550 W. 8th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90017 USA

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EIN

95-1684067

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Protection Against and Prevention of Neglect, Abuse, Exploitation (I70)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People living in poverty do not have equal access to the civil justice system, as those with greater wealth and resources—leading to a justice gap. Low-income Americans are generally unable to obtain adequate representation, or adequately represent themselves. There is also not enough civil legal help available to meet their needs. As a result, many low-income people struggle to stay in their homes, keep their jobs, provide for their families, and generally improve their lives—perpetuating the cycle of poverty in underserved communities.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Legal Services

LAFLA's service delivery system is coordinated through three workgroups: Supporting Families Workgroup (combining family law and immigration); Housing and Communities Workgroup (combining housing and community economic development), and Economic Stability Workgroup (combining public benefits work, employment, and consumer debt relief with an emphasis on student loans).

Some special projects include: our Veterans Justice Center (VJC) which assists low-income and at-risk Veterans and their families with Veterans' benefits claims as well as a wide range of civil legal matters; the Eviction Defense Center which protects the rights of low-income tenants when they are being evicted, helping them retain their residency or secure additional time to move and obtain relocation benefits; the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Community Outreach Project which provides monolingual and Limited-English Proficient API clients with access to LAFLA’s services through bilingual and bi-cultural staff, dedicated language lines, and regular legal clinics at community-based organizations; and the Medical-Legal Partnership, which connects at-risk patients with legal services to improve their overall health outcomes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is a nonprofit law firm that protects and advances the rights of the most underserved—leveling the playing field and ensuring that everyone can have access to the justice system. Every year, LAFLA helps more than 100,000 people in civil legal matters by providing direct legal representation and other legal assistance for low-income people across the Greater Los Angeles region. Our unique combination of neighborhood offices, self-help centers at courthouses, and domestic violence clinics puts LAFLA on the frontlines in communities at the forefront of change.

We change lives through direct representation, systems change and community education.

To achieve our mission, LAFLA’s expert team of attorneys, paralegals and support staff works with the community in a variety of ways:

- Provides direct representation
- Offers counsel and advice
- Provides referrals
- Educates the community about their legal rights through workshops and seminars

LAFLA’s legal priorities encompass:

- Supporting families
- Preserving quality, affordable housing
- Maintaining economic stability
- Promoting safety, security, and health
- Serving populations with special vulnerabilities
- Protecting human and civil rights

With a diverse staff that includes over 70 attorneys, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is one of the largest public interest law firms, providing comprehensive legal services to approximately 100,000 low-income people each year. Our management team also brings a wealth of legal expertise, policy advocacy experience, a solid background working with diverse and underserved communities, and a passion for its mission to provide access to civil justice for those without a voice.

LAFLA has five offices located in the communities where our clients live and work. For greater community outreach, we also have three Domestic Violence Clinics, located at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles, the Santa Monica Courthouse and the Long Beach Courthouse.

LAFLA operates four Self-Help Legal Access Centers located in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica and Torrance courthouses. The centers are walk-in clinics that offer individuals who are representing themselves legal information, assistance in preparing legal forms, and guidance on a variety of civil matters, including evictions, divorces and paternity actions, and civil harassment. Referrals to local bar association referral programs or legal services programs are provided.

LAFLA is celebrating its 90th Anniversary in 2019, and have helped hundreds of thousands of people with their civil legal problems: keeping families in their homes, helping seniors and Veterans obtain life-changing benefits, keeping domestic violence survivors legally removed from their abusers, and more. We will continue to help the most vulnerable people across Greater Los Angeles with their civil legal issues, and fight for equity and justice.

Financials

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Operations

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LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES

Board of directors
as of 1/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

James Burgess

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Karen Adelseck

Long Beach Senior Latino Club

Sean Eskovitz

Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz

Felix Garcia

Westside Center for Independent

James Hornstein

Moldex-Metric Inc.

R. Alexander Pilmer

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Marc Seltzer

Susman Godfrey LLP

Ronald Turovsky

Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

Patricia Vining

South Los Angeles Client Advisory Council

Sean Commons

Sidley Austin LLP

Joseph Farrell

Latham & Watkins

Adam Paris

Sullivan & Cromwell

Kareen Sandoval

KYCC

Michael Maddigan

Hogan Lovells US LLP

E. Estrada

Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

Marc Feinstein

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Clementina Lopez

SCOPE

Louise Mbella

LA-CAN

Joseph Paunovich

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

C. Ray

Kahn Scolnick

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Carissa Coze

Jenner & Block

Amy Lerner-Hill

City National Bank

Colin Cabral

Proskauer Rose, LLP

Silvia Hernandez

DWAC

John Maldonado

LA CAN

Craig Roberts

Linus Shentu

LA CAN

Brianne Wiese

KPMG LLP

Wendy Cabil

Phyllis Coto

Amber Finch

Reed Smith LLP

Debra Fischer

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Robert Hubbell

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jason Linder

Irell & Manella LLP

Kevin Minnick

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Fanny Ortiz

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No