LACBA Projects Supported by
Counsel For Justice

Domestic Violence Project

 The Domestic Violence Project was founded in 1982. Domestic violence is not a new problem. It is estimated that 11% of all people nationwide experience violence within their homes. California has been a national leader in combating domestic violence, especially in Southern California.

Deborah_Kelly_photoDomestic Violence follows a pattern of assault and coercion, including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks, as well as economic coercion, that adults and adolescents impose upon their intimate partners. Making legal assistance available proves vital to minimizing and stopping the lifelong, devastating effects of domestic violence on its victims and their families. Even with important legal and social improvements, domestic violence rises to an epidemic level, particularly during economic slumps.

The project provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and their children, enabling them to pursue and obtain their petitions for temporary restraining orders against their abusers. These requests often include child custody matters and move-out provisions. The Project also provides: (1) Judicial Hearing Preparation Consultations; (2) Law Enforcement Training; and (3) CLE Domestic Violence Training Seminars.

This legal assistance which helped nearly 10,000 persons in both 2011 and 2012 is provided largely through the use of pro bono attorneys who assist petitioners in filing for Temporary Restraining Orders. The Project depends upon these volunteers who provide one-on-one legal assistance for clients against their assailants. Law students and paralegal also volunteer.

For more information about the Domestic Violence Project, please contact Deborah A. Kelly, Directing Attorney at or call (213) 896-6491.

LACBA Veterans Project


LACBA's Veterans Project works to identify and address opportunities to assist veterans, active military personnel, and reservists with their legal needs. Since it was founded three years ago, the Veterans Project has already helped resolve and refer hundreds of matters on behalf of service men and women.

The Veterans Project's newest initiative is a partnership between U.S. VETS and Los Angeles County to add pro bono legal services at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles.

The program targets veterans who are unemployed and at risk of homelessness by offering legal services, clinics, and self-help workshops in the areas of clearing outstanding tickets and warrants, reinstating California drivers' licenses, and expungements (clearing criminal records for employment).

Support us so we can support them. Donate now to support the training and placement of pro bono attorneys to assist veterans. For additional information, please contact Andrew Culberson at or call (213) 833-6564.

Immigration Legal Assistance Project

Mary_Mucha_photoThe Immigration Legal Assistance Project has been in existence since 1975. It has operated to ensure that the immigrant community understands their rights and benefits under the immigration laws. As immigration law grows more and more complex, it is imperative that organizations exist to help all individuals and immigrant families remain together. After all, keeping families together has been the "cornerstone" of our immigration policy for the last one-hundred years.

The mission of the Immigration Legal Assistance Project is to provide free or low-cost immigration legal services in a creative and dynamic environment that meet the needs of the poor, disenfranchised, underserved ethnically and culturally diverse communities of Los Angeles County.

Annually, the Project provides immigration services to over 9,300 persons and trains over 90 attorneys new to the practice of immigration law. In 2011, 70 volunteer attorneys and law students provided in excess of 4,029 hours of pro bono service valued at over $780,000. Pro Bono volunteers provided legal advice for U.S. citizens and immigrants as well as all other persons seeking information on political asylum, green cards, work permits, travel documents, lost green cards, family petitions, citizenship, and much more. The Project, having no geographic restrictions, assists persons from all countries and territories.

For more information about the Immigration Legal Assistance Project, please contact Mary Mucha, Directing Attorney at or call (213) 485-1873.


AIDS Legal Services Project

Providing a lifeline to dignity and fundamental rights

Laurie_Aronoff_photoSince 1986, the AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) has met the legal needs of low income people living with HIV on a wide range of civil and human rights issues. We stop discrimination, protect rights and preserve the benefits and dignity of people living with HIV and AIDS. With one full time Project Director and a total budget of just over $100,000, the program coordinates over fifteen times that amount in donated legal services through the efforts of hundreds of volunteer advocates.

Clients receive direct one-on-one representation in a broad scope of service areas that include estate planning, , debtor relief, confidentiality, health care access, complex litigation, immigration, discrimination, and employment law provided through a pool of over 300 volunteer attorneys, law students, and paralegals.

For more information about the AIDS Legal Services Project, please contact Laurie Aronoff, Project Director at or call (213) 833-6776.

Center for Civic Mediation

Andrew-Culberson_photoThe Center for Civic Mediation (formally DRS) helps individuals, families, and communities resolve conflicts through mediation, facilitation, and other problem-solving methods. The Center provides mediation and conflict resolution training, education, and coaching that prepares people with the skills to constructively address disputes in personal, community, and work settings. It partners and works collaboratively with local governments, schools, social service agencies, law enforcement, and courts as well as public and private organizations. The Center for Civic Mediation was established by the Los Angeles County Bar Association in 1978 as the Neighborhood Justice Center, one of the first three Community Mediation Centers in the country. It pioneered community mediation and school-based peer mediation services in Los Angeles County and remains a leader and champion in the movement throughout California.

Services include:
Youth Peer Mediation and Conflict Resolution - These services include early intervention and violence prevention programs on school campuses. These programs currently train hundreds of students annually to serve as peer mediators, provide mediation services to students and adult stakeholders on campus, and provide conflict resolution workshops to hundreds of students, parents, and teachers. Students learn and practice concrete, positive skills as alternatives to verbal and physical violence as means to addressing conflict.
Community Mediation - These services are provided to all residents of Los Angeles County, with sites in Pasadena, Long Beach, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and downtown Los Angeles, and address cases ranging from interpersonal, family and neighbor disputes, to landlord-tenant, consumer merchant, small business and complex, multi-party organizational issues.
Training and Facilitation - These services include basic and advanced mediation training, as well as seminars and services that enable individuals, groups, and families to develop processes and mutually agreed upon operating frameworks for discussion and decision-making in conflict situations.

For more information about the Center for Civic Mediation, please contact Andrew Culberson, Director, at or call (213) 896-6533.


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