LOS ANGELES (May 29, 2013) — Bingham announced today that it will fund a two-year public interest fellowship with Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), one of the nation’s most prominent and respected legal-service organizations.
“This program enables Bingham to support an organization with a rich history of dedication and service to Southern California,” said Bingham Chairman Jay Zimmerman.
LAFLA is a nationally recognized and respected public service organization that has been providing civil legal services to poor and low-income people in Southern California for over 80 years.
Saying that a Los Angeles County Superior Court plan to reduce the number of courts handling landlord disputes "shuts the courthouse doors on many of the county’s most vulnerable residents," several legal aid organizations filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the court system and the state.
In the 21-page filing, the organizations said the reduction in the number of courthouses hearing such cases from 26 to five throughout the county will create difficulties for low-income tenants and people with disabilities fighting eviction.
Former Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project
Expands Services To Veterans And Their Families
Los Angeles, California - (February 5, 2013) - Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is pleased to announce the formation of the Veterans Justice Center (VJC). The VJC continues LAFLA’s commitment to veterans that began in 2000 when it formed the Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project. The focus of the newly launched VJC is to protect low-income veterans and their families and to serve clients in all civil legal areas, including government benefits, housing and eviction defense, citation defense, family law, employment law, and other consumer law matters. The VJC will employ a holistic approach; combining the skills of attorneys and social workers working together to address the complex social and legal needs of veterans and their families.