Dear Friends,

At the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice (LACLJ), we are always challenging ourselves to think creatively about how to ensure legal services affect change in the lives of domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. Every client comes to us with different needs and goals, and our job is to help authentically move their interests forward.

With that in mind, I’m excited to share the expansion of our Community Care Advocacy (CCA) Program, through which every LACLJ client will now receive supportive services, such as psycho-education, safety planning, and referrals to social service providers. These services will not only help clients prepare emotionally for court, but also help ensure they are able to fully benefit from the legal remedies they obtain.

I also look forward this fall to leveraging evaluation to further drive and push innovation across the agency. Earlier this year, we enhanced our staffing and technology to better track and measure the impact of LACLJ services. We’re now excited to learn more about our services’ effectiveness and long-term impact on different client demographics. With this new information, we will be able to make data-driven decisions as we plan for future expansion or enhancement to services.

And, of course, at the core this exciting new work remains our enormously talented and committed legal team. In August, Senior Attorney Verónica Sauceda was appointed as a Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner. While we will certainly miss Veronica, her appointment represents the most recent validation of the depth of talent we have here at LACLJ. It’s my good fortune to come to work every day with this incredible team.

All my best,