LA REPRESENTS

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LA Represents is an unprecedented legal assistance initiative to help thousands of Angelenos who are facing extreme hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City Attorney Mike Feuer and Mayor Eric Garcetti have assembled a coalition of law firms, bar associations and attorneys who will enhance their existing pro bono commitments to legal aid organizations to provide COVID-19-related legal services, including helping vulnerable tenants, domestic violence victims and low income individuals with employment, consumer debt, and bankruptcy matters.

Additionally, we have partnered with Bet Tzedek Legal Services to build a new support system for small businesses devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many LA Represents' pro bono attorneys will provide assistance to small businesses least likely to have access to effective legal services as they confront new workplace regulations, renegotiate commercial leases, apply for government relief programs, and navigate compliance with emergency health and safety orders.

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For free legal resources to address problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit Bet Tzedek's website.

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The following legal aid organizations are recruiting volunteer lawyers to assist in landlord/tenant actions:

Bet Tzedek is recruiting volunteers to assist with with representing low-income renters in unlawful detainer matters and other landlord-tenant/housing matters. Prior housing experience is not required.

 
Contact: Cristin Zeisler at CZeisler@bettzedek.org.

CLA/SoCal holds unlawful detainer answer clinics every Tuesday with volunteer shifts throughout the day.  Pro bono volunteers assist low-income tenants by helping to prepare answers to unlawful detainer complaints in this remote clinic setting. Expert staff lawyers provide real-time assistance. The time commitment is approximately three hours, unless a volunteer chooses to represent the client in further proceedings. 

Contact: Monica Mar at mmar@clsocal.org

ICLC is focused on actual representation at trial of low-income clients facing eviction. ICLC is also looking for volunteers to handle affirmative litigation involving slum condition housing remediation.  Further, ICLC offers volunteers the chance to help clients experiencing homelessness with expungements, clearing citations, as well as research projects.

 
Contact: Vidhya Ragunathan at VRagunathan@innercitylaw.org

LAFLA hosts weekly remote eviction answer clinics on Fridays from 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. Volunteer attorneys interview clients, review evidence, and prepare pro se unlawful detainer (eviction) answers under the guidance of a LAFLA supervisor. Free online on-demand trainings are available at pbtraining.org.

Contact: probono@lafla.org for clinics and Phong Wong at pwong@lafla.org regarding full-scope eviction defense opportunities.

NLSLA holds advice-and-counsel housing clinics on Wednesdays twice per month, from 3:00-5:00 pm.

Additionally, in anticipation of a wave of cases likely to begin in November 2021 when current filing prohibitions are lifted, NLSLA will be providing training in October to help tenants with small claims actions for back rent that landlords will be able to file.  Volunteers can also handle these debt-disputes through trial if the landlord chooses to skip the small claims process.  

 

Contact: Skip Koenig at SkipKoenig@nlsla.org

Public Counsel is focused on providing full scope representation to tenants facing eviction upon the expiration of the moratorium.

 
The organization also runs two different general advice clinics during which housing issues frequently arise.  Right now the volunteer slots are booked, but Public Counsel likely will be looking for additional clinic volunteers in the fall.  

 

Contact: David Daniels at ddaniels@publiccounsel.org

PLC operates weekly remote self-help clinics, helping tenants with answers and motions.

 
The organization is looking for volunteer law firms to handle affirmative housing discrimination and habitability cases, full-scope eviction defense cases. In addition, PLC will need volunteers to handle back-rent debt assistance matters in clinics and by full-scope representation.

 
Contact: Leigh Ferrin at lferrin@publiclawcenter.org

The following organizations are also recruiting volunteer lawyers to offer other COVID-19 related legal services including employment, consumer debt, domestic violence, and bankruptcy matters.

Thank you to our partners

  • Ackerman LLP

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

  • Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

  • Alston & Bird LLP

  • Arent Fox LLP

  • Baker Marquart LLP

  • Barnes & Thornburg

  • Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow PC

  • Blank Rome LLP

  • Brutzkus Gubner

  • Cooley LLP

  • Covington & Burling LLP

  • Cozen O’Connor P.C.

  • Crowell & Moring LLP

  • Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

  • Dechert LLP

  • DLA Piper

  • Duane Morris LLP

  • Fenton Law Group

  • Fenwick & West LLP

  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

  • Goodwin Procter LLP

  • Greenberg Glusker

  • Greenberg Traurig 

  • Guggenheim Partners, LLC

  • Hanson Bridgett

  • Hogan Lovells

  • Holland & Knight

  • Hunton Williams

  • Irell & Manella LLP

  • Jackson Lewis P.C.

  • Jenner & Block

  • Jones Day

  • Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

  • King & Spalding LLP

  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Larson LLP

  • Latham & Watkins LLP

  • Law Offices of Lawrence S. Middleton

  • LimNexus LLP

  • Loeb & Loeb LLP

  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP

  • Margolin & Lawrence

  • Mayer Brown LLP

  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP

  • McGuireWoods LLP

  • Milbank LLP

  • Miller Barondess, LLP

  • Michelman & Robinson, LLP

  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP

  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

  • Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

  • Nixon Peabody LLP

  • Norton Rose Fulbright

  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP

  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

  • Paul Hastings LLP

  • Perkins Coie LLP

  • Polsinelli

  • Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Robins Kaplan LLP

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP

  • Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

  • Sidley Austin LLP

  • Southern California Edison

  • Squire Patton Boggs

  • Steptoe & Johnson LLP

  • Vedder Price

  • Venable LLP

  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

  • Winston & Strawn LLP

Thank you to the following legal organizations

  • Arab American Lawyers Association of Southern California

  • Armenian Bar Association

  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles

  • Beverly Hills Bar Association

  • Beverly Hills Bar Foundation

  • Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

  • Irish American Bar Association-Los Angeles

  • John M. Langston Bar Association of Los Angeles

  • LGBT Bar Association of Los Angeles

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association

  • Mexican American Bar Association of Los Angeles County

  • Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association

  • Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles

  • LA Law Library

Thank you to the following institutions for their support

  • UCLA School of Law

  • USC Gould School of Law

  • Loyola Law School

  • Southwestern Law School

  • Pepperdine Caruso School of Law

  • UC Irvine School of Law

  • Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law