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Grants to Projects and Services of the
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Other Law-Related Nonprofits

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.


Center for Civic Mediation

The 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.

Jackie_Mi_photoServices 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 hundres 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, be sure to check out the Center for Civic Mediation's website ( that is an important resource for individuals, schools and community organizations, or call (213) 896-6533.or call (213) 896-6533.


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.

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.

2012 Grants to Other Law-Related Nonprofits

1736 Family Crisis Center–Legal Services Department
This organization provides free legal assistance for victims of domestic violence to address issues such as court representation, restraining orders, child custody and/or visitation, divorce settlements, child support and mediation.

Asian Pacific American Legal Center
APALC provides legal information, counseling and representation to individuals, especially those who speak little or no English, on the telephone or in person. APALC prioritizes issues affecting immigrant and low-income communities.

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.–Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project
This project provides pro bono representation for indigent children who have been detained and are facing deportation from the United States. The project also provides recruitment and free training of volunteer lawyers who offer their services to the program.

Centinela Youth Services–Victim/Offender Restitution Services
This is a conflict mediation program using volunteer mediators which serves youth under age 18 who have committed no more than two non-violent crimes. The program provides the framework through which youth are exposed to the consequences of their crimes and can learn to take responsibility for them.

Central American Resource Center–Legal Services Project
This project provides free legal assistance, education and counseling to Central Americans and other immigrants seeking political asylum, naturalization, defense against deportation, representation under the Violence Against Women Act, and other immigration matters.

Christian Legal Aid of Los Angeles
Leveraging the resources of volunteer attorneys, law students and paralegals, this organization provides free legal advice to the poor and working poor. Subject areas of the law include landlord-tenant, criminal, immigration, trusts and wills, public benefits, employment, lemon law, real property, small claims, expungements and name changes.

Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)–Legal Services Program
CAST provides survivors of trafficking with empowering, long-term, and culturally and linguistically appropriate legal services in the areas of advocacy and assistance in cooperating with law enforcement agencies in the criminal investigation of their abusers, protection orders, immigration services and many other needed services.

Disability Rights Legal Center – Pro Bono Program
This program provides MCLE training and works with volunteer attorneys who are willing to accept pro bono referrals of special education cases and cancer related legal questions. The Pro Bono Program also recruits private bar attorneys to serve as co-counsel on civil rights litigation matters on behalf of individuals with disabilities facing discrimination, and to write amicus briefs in cases that have significant implications for people with disabilities.

El Rescate Legal Services
This organization provides free or greatly discounted legal counsel for immigrants facing removal proceedings in the immigration courts in an effort to assist them in qualifying for programs which lead to residency.

Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
The Center provides pro bono legal services through volunteer attorneys and paralegals to low-income individuals with family law problems, including domestic violence, custody and child support.

Inner City Law Center
Headquartered on Skid Row, ICLC has been serving the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County since 1980. The Center provides legal representation and social service advocacy to more than 2,000 homeless and working poor clients each year and is widely recognized for its expertise in housing issues as well as government and veterans benefits.

International Rescue Committee
The IRC is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement services and advocacy for those uprooted or affected by violent conflict and oppression. In Los Angeles, the IRC provides free representation to low-income refugees and political asylees as they adjust their immigration status to Legal Permanent Resident.

Jenesse Center, Inc.–Legal Services Program
This South Los Angeles program provides in-house legal services for its shelter clients and a drop-in program for clients with family law issues. It also operates a domestic violence clinic at the Inglewood Superior Court to assist with the preparation of restraining orders.

Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center, Inc.
The Center provides affordable legal representation in family law matters to low-income families of Los Angeles County to ensure stability for children and their families in the face of legal difficulties.

Long Beach Bar Foundation–SHORTSTOP Program
This organization serves non-violent juvenile offenders between the ages of 10-17 and their parents through a unique, intensive, and highly-interactive juvenile diversion program which is taught by attorneys and is held in both an actual courtroom and a holding cell.

Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice–Housing Unit
This organization conducts clinics twice a week through its Housing Unit to provide free legal services from trained advocates for low-income persons facing evictions, substandard housing conditions or other housing problems.

The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center–Legal Services Department
This program responds to the unmet legal needs of the lesbian, gay, transgender and bisexual communities in Los Angeles County by utilizing volunteers to deliver free legal services, and by increasing awareness of and access to the legal system.

Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc.
This organization provides free legal services to adults and children with mental and developmental disabilities, with an emphasis on obtaining benefits and services, protecting rights and fighting discrimination.

My Friend's Place–Legal Services Program
This program provides homeless youth with the opportunity to improve their lives by advocating for themselves and their rights, helping them responsibly and intelligently engage the justice system, improving their understanding of and respect for the law, and offering therapy and education to reduce their risk of violating the law.

Sunday Free Legal Clinic
Located around the corner from the First AME Church in South Los Angeles, the clinic provides free legal services two Sundays per month to everyone who walks through the door, regardless of income or type of legal problem. The clinic is a partnership of FAME, Temple Isaiah, and UCLA Law School, and is staffed by volunteer law students, paralegals and attorneys.


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