Welcome, Jenny and Mario!

February 12th, 2015

We are excited to welcome two new staff members to LACLJ’s team! In September, we created an External Relations and Pro Bono Supervisor position and hired Jenny Farrell. Jenny oversees LACLJ’s pro bono program and engages volunteers through donor development. This month, LACLJ was able to hire a new staff attorney, Mario Rico. Mario will join the Access to Justice Program, taking on high-conflict custody cases.

Jenny FarrellJenny Farrell
External Relations and Pro Bono Supervisor

Prior to joining LACLJ, Jenny was an attorney at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP, where she focused her practice on litigating complex personal injury, wrongful death, product defect and policy brutality cases.  Jenny received her Bachelor’s degree in Government at Smith College, where she graduated cum laude.  She spent five years working at non-profit organizations for environmental, consumer and public health issues before attending law school.  She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  While in law school, Jenny was named 2011 Public Interest Student of the Year and awarded the Mason C. Brown Award for commitment to public interest and talent for trial work.

Mario RicoMario Rico
Staff Attorney, Access to Justice Program

Mario represents parents in high conflict custody cases through the Shriver Family Law Project.  Prior to joining LACLJ, Mario worked with the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association (IELLA). IELLA assists self-represented litigants with family law, limited civil, small claims, and criminal expungements. As a staff attorney and clinic manager, Mario coordinated and conducted the organization’s family Law, limited civil, and criminal expungement clinics. At the Clinics, Mario supervised and trained volunteer attorneys, and volunteers in various areas of the law including family law and landlord-tenant law. Mario graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a degree in History. He received his law degree from California Western School of Law. Mario is fluent in Spanish.