Launched in September 2012, Giving Tuesday marks the opening day for the end-of-year-giving season, much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday mark the beginning of the holiday shopping season. After two days of getting, the entire country is encouraged to give back to their causes.
This year, please make LAFLA your cause on #Giving Tuesday! The second annual Giving Tuesday coincides with LAFLA’s 2013 Access to Justice Dinner and LAFLA is a recognized #GivingTuesday™ partner. Your pledge of support will help ensure that LAFLA’s poverty law specialists continue to advocate for those who need them most—battered women and their children, working poor families, the elderly and disabled, exploited low-wage workers and consumers, victims of torture and human trafficking, homeless and at-risk veterans—who face unlawful eviction, domestic violence, cuts to critical safety net benefits, exploitation on the job, and fraud or abuse by slumlords, predatory lenders and others who prey on vulnerable and disenfranchised people.
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 15, 2013) - The Honorable Richard Rico of the Los Angeles Superior Court approved a $1.5 million settlement of a lawsuit brought against the owners of the Huntington Hotel in downtown Los Angeles today. The lawsuit was brought by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) and Steptoe & Johnson LLP, on behalf of three individual tenants and the Los Angeles Community Action Network, a community based organization. The lawsuit was based on the unlawful displacement of at least 60 tenants living in a historical building downtown, in the throes of gentrification. The tenants alleged that after an ownership change, they were subjected to illegal rent increases, discrimination, harassment and retaliation as the owner attempted to force them out while circumventing statutory tenant protections. All of the individual plaintiffs represented by LAFLA were elderly and/or persons with disabilities. Many became homeless after leaving the Huntington.
Los Angeles (November 11, 2013) - The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) today announced that the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP will fund a three-year fellowship with LAFLA, through donations of $250,000 from the Sidley Austin Foundation and a number of the firm’s partners. This funding will support LAFLA’s Veterans Justice Center (VJC), the oldest legal services program for veterans in Los Angeles County. In addition to enhancing LAFLA’s ongoing commitment to providing direct representation of homeless and low-income veterans and their families, a unique feature of the "Sidley Fellowship" will be its focus on creating long-term, sustainable programs, which will expand the legal assistance available to veterans, including through increased pro bono involvement.