Gladys La Torre is Deputy Director of the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), where she oversees day-to-day operations, administration, finance and policy. For nearly 20 years at LACLJ, she has held leadership positions, including Director of Legal Services and Managing Attorney. In her current role, Gladys supports the Executive Director in implementing LACLJ’s strategic priorities and provides oversight and counsel to senior leadership in enhancing and monitoring systems, policies and practices related to service delivery.
Gladys has a long-standing commitment to serving underprivileged immigrant survivors of domestic violence living in the Los Angeles community. She began her career as a legal advocate supporting attorneys in their work and educating the monolingual Spanish communities of Los Angeles on their rights as domestic violence survivors. As an attorney at LACLJ, Gladys continued serving domestic violence survivors by representing them in family law matters and retraining orders. She also worked closely with court personnel, including Judicial Officers and Court Administrators to develop and enhance LACLJ partnership projects with the Los Angeles Superior Court. In 2008, she partnered with the Los Angeles Superior Court to develop an educational component to their Case Flow Management System, a process developed to help self-represented litigants complete their pending family law case. Gladys received her J.D from Western State University, College of Law and her B.S in Business and Finance from California State University, Los Angeles.