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1st year MSW Student, USC

Leanne works with LACLJ attorneys to provide a health and human services perspective on client interactions. She provides clients linkages to community resources and support for life challenges that may arise during their legal cases. 

What do you find most challenging working here?
Seeing our clients struggle to get their basic life needs fulfilled (safe housing, effective transportation, child care, etc.) while they deal with the demands of the legal system.

What has surprised you most about working here?
The dedication of both LACLJ clients and staff. Our clients face a lot of barriers, but they show incredible perseverance and strength. LACLJ staff do challenging and demanding work, but are always happy to put in extra time for clients.

What do you wish other people knew about LACLJ?
I wish everyone knew how big an impact LACLJ’s work has on our clients’ lives. Beyond legal outcomes, the hard work and support of LACLJ staff brings clients reassurance and relief that they often don’t find in many other places.

What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I love baseball and most other sports. I was born and raised in the Bay Area, so I have lots of good teams to follow year round (Go A’s! Go Niners!).

What’s your favorite place in L.A.?
Guisados. If I could eat their tacos for every meal, I would!