The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice celebrated 42 years of service to low-income families in Los Angeles County at its annual gala on June 18, 2015 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club in downtown Los Angeles. Hosted by Lalo Alcaraz, creator of the daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha”, LACLJ honored distinguished partners in the fight for justice: The Los Angeles Times, Pan American Bank, and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.  First Lady of the City of Los Angeles Amy Wakeland was also present and spoke about Los Angeles’s expansion of Domestic Assault Response Teams – also known as DART teams – that partner with the Los Angeles Police Department on domestic violence cases.

Since 1973, LACLJ has provided high-quality, free legal representation, education and advocacy to low-income families across Los Angeles County. During this evening of celebration, LACLJ clients shared their courageous stories of working with LACLJ and pro bono attorneys to overcome barriers within the legal system and provide improved opportunities for themselves and their children.

LACLJ attorneys and staff are committed to supporting the neediest members of our community as they seek to achieve safety and stability in their lives. Gala honorees were recognized for this shared commitment to low-income communities and access to justice:

  • The Los Angeles Times received the Justice Award in recognition of its commitment and leadership in providing compelling and comprehensive coverage of barriers faced by immigrant families.
  • Pan American Bank received the Corporation of the Year Award in recognition of its exceptional leadership and commitment to empowering and strengthening the East Los Angeles community.
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP received the Pro Bono Partner of the Year Award in recognition of their dedicated advocacy on behalf of survivors of domestic violence.

The Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice is proud to stand alongside our honorees as they work to break cycles of poverty and violence and overcome injustice for Los Angeles communities.