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Legal Aid Foundation Celebrates 80 Years of Leadership, Service & Policy Advocacy

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Free Symposium at USC on September 30, 2009

(LOS ANGELES) (September 3, 2009)—The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, one of the largest and oldest public interest law firms in the nation will hold an 80th Anniversary Symposium titled: Looking Back, Moving Forward: Legal Aid in Changing Times on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 from 1-5 p.m. at Town & Gown of the University of Southern California (USC). The Symposium will celebrate LAFLA’s 80 years of leadership and service to those with no access to civil justice, and offer a rich and informative discussion about the new realities for poor and low-income communities, while examining the future of legal aid services for low-income populations given the social and economic challenges in Los Angeles County. The Symposium is free for attendees. For full program details and to sign up, please click on the side bar copy. For additional information, please call (323) 801-7981. A photo exhibit from the children’s of LAFLA clients will be on display during the event.  Freestyle Photography graciously donated their services to train the children and to display the photos.

Historical Background: LAFLA’s predecessor the Legal Aid Clinic, was established in September 1929 by John Saeger Bradway (1890-1985), a pioneer in the field of legal education, clinical legal education and a life-long advocate for the cause of equal access to justice. He conceived of clinical legal education and traveled the country establishing legal aid clinics in major cities. He was the first to bring indigent clients and law students together in an academic setting. Justin Miller, Dean of USC’s School of Law at the time, brought Bradway to USC to establish the clinic. In its first year, 72 students, composing the entire third-year class, participated in the work.

For 80 years LAFLA’s attorneys and advocates have been at the forefront of direct services, impact litigation and policy advocacy in response to a growing demand in its priority legal areas of housing & foreclosures, consumer protection, government benefits, immigration, family law, employment and community economic development. More than 2 million poor and low-income people in Los Angeles County qualify for LAFLA’s services. The Foundation provides services to 14,000 annually and assists an additional 55,000 through community outreach, education and referrals.

Robert K. Rasmussen, Dean of USC’s Gould School of Law will provide opening remarks. Other distinguished speakers will include Justice Earl Johnson, Jr., formerly of the California Court of Appeal, Judge Richard A. Paez; Judge Terry J.Hatter, Jr.,California State Assemblymember Mike Feuer, Howard B. Miller, 85th President, California State Bar, Bruce G. Iwasaki Senior Partner, Lim, Ruger and Kim, LLP; Clare Pastore Professor, USC Gould School of Law, Dan Flaming, President of the Economic Roundtable, Niels Frenzen, Professor, USC Gould School Law and Director of USC’s Law Immigration Clinic and R. Alexander Pilmer Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP. A photo exhibit from some of the children of LAFLA’s clients will be on display at the event. Freestyle Photographic Supplies graciously donated the cameras for the children aand also provided training.







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