LACBA Update Back Issues - February 2015

LACBA’s Center for Civic Mediation Joins Counsel for Justice

The Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Center for Civic Mediation (Center) has completed its merger with Counsel for Justice (CFJ), which was announced late last year at the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation’s Gala.

The Center joins LACBA’s other public service projects—Domestic Violence, Veterans, Immigration, and AIDS Legal Services—as part of CFJ, which will focus on raising funds to support the projects. Last year alone, the projects combined to provide pro bono legal assistance to more than 23,000 people valued at more than $4.4 million.

CFJ came about as a merger of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, LACBA’s fundraising organization, and Projects Inc., LACBA’s public service organization, and will carry on and expand the charitable work of the Foundation.

Among the Center’s programs are Community Mediation, Youth Peer Mediation, Day of Hearing Mediation, and conflict resolution training for individuals, families, and organizations throughout Los Angeles County.

The Center assists in resolving conflicts in the areas of elder care, family, domestic partnerships, employment, consumer/merchant, landlord/tenant, property, small claims, and neighbor/neighbor disputes.

In 2014, the Center opened nearly 600 community and youth mediations, and taught conflict resolution skills to more than 400 youth in middle and high schools.

CFJ brings law firms, foundations, corporations, donors, and volunteers together for a more just LA. The organization stands at the forefront of providing equal access to legal services in our community by raising funds and directly contributing at the frontlines of justice in five key areas: domestic violence, veterans legal services, immigration assistance, AIDS legal services, and mediation.

To learn more about CFJ, please visit LACBA Counsel For Justice.