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  2   Executive Director Message

  3   Cover Article Continued

  4   Working for Justice

  5   Grants & Honors

  6   Pro Bono Matters

  7   Law Firm Campaign

  8   2007 Annual Dinner

  9   Annual Dinner Continued

 10   Associates Advisory Board

 11   Two LAFLA Victories

 12   Save the Date Grand Cru



                   Subprime mortgage CollapSe iS an
                      equal opportunity DiSaSter
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            omeownership is a central component of the               mortgages (ARMs) that are likely to cost far more over the life
            American Dream; key to building personal financial       of the loan than fixed-rate options and carry stiff penalties for
            security as well as family and neighborhood stability.   paying off the loan early. “Flexibility” and “greater access to
Homeownership rates among under-served groups, including             credit” often referred to exotic loans now seen as driving the
low-income households and minorities, have risen to record           subprime crisis.
levels in recent years as a result of what at best was termed        The subprime mortgage loan industry exploded in volume in
more flexible lending standards and greater access to credit.        recent years, with the share of subprime mortgages to total
Today, as the effects of the foreclosure crisis ripple throughout    originations jumping from 5% ($35 billion) in 1994 to13%
the economy, this trend is being reversed: the adverse impact of     ($160 billion) in 1999 and 20% ($600 billion) in 2006.
the crisis is being disproportionately felt in African American,     Nearly 23 percent of all mortgages taken out in 2005 were
Latino, and immigrant communities that have been particular          interest-only ARMs, and more than 8 percent were payment-
targets for subprime, often predatory, lenders. Subprime             option ARMs. In California, the numbers are even higher:
lending refers to the practice of making loans to borrowers          34 percent of all new mortgages in 2005 were interest-only.
who supposedly do not qualify for market interest rates due          Often, consumers could have locked in fixed-rate loans at low
to various risk factors, such as income level, size of the down      interest rates but mortgage brokers and lenders downplayed the
payment made, and credit history. Most are adjustable-rate           advantages of such loans and instead promoted riskier products
                                                                     that generated bigger profits.
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    MESSAGE from the
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

    A
             s we all know, the U.S. economy is in a turbulent
             time. Not only are foreclosures and subprime lending
             affecting our communities, but job instability, rising
    food and gas prices, pressures on wages, and a range of other
    forces are making it harder for people to get by. LAFLA,
    as the frontline law firm for low-income communities in
    Los Angeles, is already experiencing an increase in requests
    for our services, and I am confident that we have yet to see
    the full effect of the economic downturn on the demand
    for assistance. The full impact of the crisis will continue to
    unfold in the coming months and will undoubtedly place                            Mario Salgado
    additional stress on LAFLA’s resources as more and more
    people seek our help.
    Planning is central to our ability to remain responsive to                   I want to thank the many individuals, law firms, corporations
    burgeoning community needs and to identify how LAFLA                         and foundations who contribute their time and financial
    can provide more and better services to our clients. To that                 support to help LAFLA solve legal problems and create
    end, we are currently undertaking a comprehensive strategic                  opportunities for our clients. We greatly appreciate your
    planning process to gather information and perspectives                      partnership in our efforts and welcome your continued
    from a broad spectrum of clients and potential clients,                      involvement as we seek to maintain LAFLA as a vital
    community groups, staff, board members and others. This                      resource in our community.
    planning process will help us build upon and expand the
    incredible work that the staff does every day to protect the
    rights and well-being of vulnerable individuals and families                   SELF-HELP CENTERS HELPED
    in our communities.                                                                THOUSANDS IN 2007
    Planning is central to our ability to                                          LAFLA’s four self-help legal assistance centers located
    remain responsive to burgeoning                                                in the Inglewood, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and
    community needs and to identify how                                            Torrance courthouses served a total of 16,961 litigants
    LAFLA can provide more and better                                              in 2007. Staffed by LAFLA attorneys and paralegals,
                                                                                   and with assistance from volunteers, the clinics serve as
    services to our clients.                                                       a reliable and welcome resource for their surrounding
                                                                                   communities. They are open five days a week and serve
    To be more timely with our information and success
                                                                                   all who come through their doors on a first-come,
    stories, we hope to initiate an E-Newsletter. Please e-mail
                                                                                   first-served basis in a wide range of areas, including
    Elinor Gilbert, Communications Director at egilbert@
                                                                                   family law, landlord and tenant issues, contract answers
    lafla.org to inform us whether you would like to receive the
                                                                                   and civil harrassment. For other areas, staff provide
    E-Newsletter and provide us with the name of the person
                                                                                   extensive and up-to-date referrals.
    and e-mail address to whom we should send it.




    LAFLA                   E ditorial C ommittEE :                       The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) is the frontline law
                            Ludmila Montoya
                                                                          firm for low-income people in Los Angeles. LAFLA is committed to pro-
                            Mary Ann Heimann     Carolina Sheinfeld       moting access to justice, strengthening communities, combating discrimina-
    MATTERS                 Millie Heur          Kathleen Sheldon         tion and effecting systemic change through representation, advocacy and
                                                                          community education.
     SPRING 2008            P hotos :
                                                                          For more information, to be added to the mailing list, or to inquire about
                            Mary Ann Heimann
                                                                          volunteer opportunities or making a contribution, please call LAFLA’s
     www.lafla.org          Toby Rothschild
                            Carolina Sheinfeld                            Development Office at (323) 801-7915.

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ForeCloSureS cont. from page 1                                         If the advocate finds indications of fraud, LAFLA retains the
                                                                       client and obtains the client’s homeownership documents
Though subprime lenders have emphasized the service                    from lenders, escrow companies, brokers, the county recorder,
they offer by providing credit to consumers who would                  and notaries. Each advocate spends hours reviewing the
not otherwise get loans, a recent analysis by the Center for           documents and interviewing the client looking for Truth-
Responsible Lending asserts that “…while the subprime                  in-Lending-Act violations, broker misconduct, and forgery.
market has produced more than $2 trillion in home loans                This is a time consuming process, as it can take months to
over the past nine years, these loans have led or will lead to         retrieve the relevant documents. If LAFLA determines that
a net LOSS of homeownership for almost 1 million families.             legal intervention is likely to result in the client keeping
The reason for this net loss? From 1998-2006, only 9% of               the home, staff prepare the case for litigation. If there is no
subprime loans went to first-time homebuyers, but over                 indication of wrongdoing, they counsel the client about his/
15% of subprime loans ended (or will end) with borrowers               her rights regarding the foreclosure and eviction process and
losing their homes through foreclosure.”                               refer him/her to the proper agencies.
The Center for Responsible Lending has called California the
“epicenter” of the national foreclosure crisis. The National
Consumer Law Center reports the foreclosure crisis in
California is bleaker than that of the U.S. as a whole. Fourteen
of the 15 markets with the largest increase in projected
foreclosure rates of subprime loans are in California. High
on the list: the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.
As a result of the mortgage crisis Los Angeles faces a loss
of $8.3 billion in economic output, second only to New
York City and followed by losses averaging $4 billion in
Dallas, Washington, and Chicago. Each foreclosure not
only displaces a family but lowers the values of surrounding           Quiet title actions or actions challenging deceptive loans
homes and depresses tax revenues, contributing to municipal            typically involve obtaining a TRO to stop the foreclosure,
budget gaps and cuts in public services.                               filing a quiet title action against any number of brokers,
“Not that long ago, economists said housing was the                    lenders, realtors, or foreclosure consultants, and seeking
backbone of our economy. Today the foreclosure crisis has              declaratory relief to undo the damaging loans. Although
the potential to break the back of our economy, as well as             these actions usually settle, litigation lasts for more than
the backs of millions of American families,” said US Council           a year and requires hundreds of advocate hours. To assist
of Mayors President Douglas Palmer, Mayor of Trenton, NJ.              in our efforts, LAFLA recently received a grant from the
“We must not let the economic numbers mask the face of                 Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance that will fund an
this tragedy – the families who are struggling to pay their            additional attorney position.
mortgages and stay in their homes.”                                    Recognizing that collaboration enhances our work, LAFLA
                                                                       has convened the Advocates for Consumer Justice Foreclosure
LAFLA’s Response                                                       Response Team, a coalition of public interest lawyers and
The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles provides several               housing counselors including representatives from Bet
levels of assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure who              Tzedek, Public Council, Neighborhood Legal Services,
meet program eligibility requirements: The first level is a            AARP, the State Attorney General’s office, Neighborhood
telephone consultation with homeowners who have already                Housing Services, ACORN, Operation Hope, County of
lost their homes to foreclosure, who are in default, and who           Los Angeles Dept. of Consumer Affairs, East Los Angeles
are having trouble making mortgage payments. Advocates                 Community Development Corp, and the Department of
interview the client, looking for signs of predatory lending,          Real Estate, to better address the subprime mortgage crisis.
fraud, or accounting mistakes. If the caller simply cannot             The group’s objective is to share information, strategies,
afford the mortgage and there is no indication of wrongdoing,          training, and resources and to stretch the reach of legal
the advocate refers the caller to another agency for housing or        services attorneys who are involved in mortgage crisis work
debt counseling. LAFLA regularly refers homeowners to the              in greater Los Angeles.
local NeighborWorks program for foreclosure counseling.                To expand our resources and help more low-income
The hotline is receiving more than 120 calls a week and                homeowners, LAFLA is seeking private attorney volunteers
to keep up with the overwhelming number of requests for                to take cases for representation. If you wish to volunteer,
assistance from distressed borrowers, the Consumer Unit has            please contact Toby Rothschild, General Counsel, at (323)
added a monthly clinic to its hotline consultation process.            801-7978 or email trothschild@lafla.org.

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              WORKING FOR
                       Justice In Our Community

                                                                            LAFLA HoLdS toWn HALL meetingS to
                                                                              expLAin VietnAmeSe repAtriAtion
                                                                            There are more than 750,000 Vietnamese refugees living in the U.S. Of
                                                                            this number, 480,000 are located in California, mostly concentrated in
                                                                            Orange County. Until recently, they were not subject to deportation.
                                                                            On January 22, 2008, however, the U.S. and Vietnam signed a
                                                                            repatriation agreement that allows the deportation of Vietnamese
                                                                            nationals, including refugees and torture survivors. After the agreement
                                                                            was signed, LAFLA launched an education campaign targeting the
                                                                            refugee communities in Los Angeles and Orange County. Hundreds of
                                                                            people attended two town hall meetings. Since the meetings, LAFLA
                                                                            staff have been fielding calls from Vietnamese individuals from all over
                                                                            the country and providing them with basic information and referring
                                                                            them to their local legal aid organizations for immigration assistance.


                                                                              Judge grAntS petition FAVorAbLe to
                                                                                   CALWorKS pArtiCipAntS
                                                                            New Writs and Receivers Judge James Chalfant has granted the petition
                                                                            that LAFLA filed, along with the Western Center on Law and Poverty,
                                                                            in ordering the state to reimburse our client, a CalWORKs recipient,
     Panel members from left to right: Anita Le, Asian                      for school supplies she purchased in pursuing a nursing career. This
     Pacific American Legal Center; Yunie Hong, LAFLA;                      ruling recognizes an important right of those in the “welfare to work”
     Kim Luu, LAFLA; Lan Nguyen, Vietnamese attorney                        process and will affect hundreds of CalWORKs recipients participating
     and interpreter.                                                       in Self-Initiated Education programs.


                   LAFLA Senior Attorney WinS importAnt ApeLLAte CASe
    On October 24th the California Appellate Court, Second District, granted LAFLA senior attorney Laura Fry’s appeal of a Los Angeles court
    commissioner’s refusal to grant custody orders in a domestic violence restraining order case. This is an important win both because of the
    difficulty of getting domestic violence cases to the appellate level (most low-income family law litigants are unrepresented and don’t file ap-
    peals) and because, when they do get appealed, they are often dismissed as moot when one of the parties goes to a court to get orders about
    the issue that is on appeal. Fry argued that, although a different court had made custody and visitation orders in a custody case father filed
    after mother filed her appeal, the appellate court should still decide the case because the issue of custody orders in domestic violence cases was
    one of great public interest. The court agreed, and ruled that the trial court had erred when it failed to issue a final order granting custody of
    the three-year old to the mother.
    Fry worked closely with Western Center on Law and Poverty attorney Dick Rothschild, who became co-counsel. The Harriet Buhai Center
    for Family Law filed an amicus brief that was signed onto by the Family Law Section and the Executive Committee of the LA County Bar
    Association, Break the Cycle, Bay Area Legal Aid, the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, the California Women’s Law Center,
    Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles Center for Law and Justice.



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                        grantS anD H onorS
      LAFLA received two grants ($47,402 and $24,914) from the County                                                    Attorney Kate Marr was selected for the 2008
      of Los Angeles (Community Service Block Grants) to provide eviction                                                Making a Difference for Women Award by Soroptomist
      defense to low-income tenants who reside in East and South Los Angeles.                                            International of Long Beach for her work with domestic
                                                                                                                         violence survivors and their children.
      The Blue Shield Foundation awarded $60,000 to LAFLA to provide legal
      services to battered immigrant women. The funding will fund staff to                                               Senior Attorney Laura Fry received the 2008 Legal Aid
      assist the women obtain U-Visas and other benefits available under the                                             Association of California Family Law Award for years of
      Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).                                                                                 dedicated work on behalf of low-income clients.

      The United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights awarded                                                       Senior Paralegal Rick Little was honored with a $100
      LAFLA a grant of $35,000 to fund assistance to victims of torture.                                                 donation for LAFLA and Inner City Law Center’s
                                                                                                                         Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project by the Veterans
      LAFLA was one of two agencies in California to receive a grant from the                                            Group within Soledad Prison.
      Institute for Foreclosure Legal Assistance. LAFLA will receive $300,000.
                                                                                                                         Attorney Grace K. Lee received an award from the
                                                                                                                         Korean American Bar Association on March 13 for her
                                                                                                                         dedicated service to the Korean community.

                                                                                                                         The National Legal Aid & Defender Assoc-
                                                                                                                         iation presented LAFLA Board member Amelia
                                                                                                                         Nieto with its Mary Ellen Hamilton Award, given to “a
                                                                                                                         legal services client or low-income community leader
                                                                                                                         who has provided extraordinary service or support to
                                                                                                                         the delivery of legal services to low-income people.”

                                                                                                                         Senior Attorney Steve Zrucky was honored by the
                                                                                                                         South Asian Network for helping SAN to develop
                                                                                                                         their capacity to assist South Asian workers.

                                                                                                                         Senior Attorney Susan Millmann was presented with
                                                                                                                         the Sheila James Kuehl Award by Sojourn (sanctuary
                                                                                                                         for battered women and their children) for her years of
       LAFLA Board Member Amelia Nieto.                                                                                  advocacy on behalf of domestic violence survivors.



BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2007-2008
                  preSident                                     ViCe preSident                                         SeCretAry                                    treASurer
           Glenn D. Pomerantz                               Harriet S. Posner                                         Neil B. Martin                              Paul B. Salvaty
         Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP              Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP                          City National Bank                          O’Melveny & Myers LLP
        Karen J. Adelseck                     Robert S. Chapman                           Helen Hinkson                          David F. McDowell                  Geoffrey L. Thomas
  Long Beach Senior Latino Club               Greenberg Glusker                     Protection & Advocacy, Inc.                Morrison & Foerster LLP           Paul, Hastings, Janofsky &
                                                                                                                                                                        Walker LLP
       Chris M. Amantea                          Alan B. Clark                             Dwayne Hollis                           Lillian Mobley
      Hunton & Williams LLP                  Latham & Watkins LLP                            LA-CAN                         South Central Clients Advisory              Maria Torres
                                                                                                                                        Council                       Inquilidos Unidos
         John W. Amberg                        Guillermo Cruz                           James E. Hornstein
         Bryan Cave LLP                Mental Health Advocacy Services                   Moldex Metric Inc.                         Mary H. Neale                  Ronald B. Turovsky
                                                                                                                            Citigroup Global Markets Inc.       Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
      Alexander Auerbach                        Kevin Dorse                            Martha Ofelia Jimenez
 Alexander Auerbach & Company             Theodora Oringher Miller &             East Los Angeles Clients Advisory                 Amelia Nieto                        Cornell Trotter
                                                Richman PC                                    Council                       Long Beach Clients Advisory                Centro Shalom
          Terry B. Bates                                                                                                             Council
          Reed Smith LLP                    D. Barclay Edmundson                         Hattie Johnson                                                                Rita L. Tuzon
                                       Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP        Long Beach Office Clients Advisory                R. Alexander Pilmer              Fox Cable Networks
          Gary Blasi                                                                         Council                               Kirkland & Ellis LLP
       UCLA School of Law                    Stephen R. English                                                                                                         John C. Ulin
                                            English, Munger & Rice                       Robert L. Kahan                          Kent R. Raygor                     Heller Ehrman White &
            Elliot Brown                                                             Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP                Sheppard, Mullin, Richter &               McAuliffe LLP
        Irell & Manella LLP                   Debra L. Fischer                                                                     Hampton LLP
                                           Bngham McCutchen LLP                        James M. Lichtman                                                               Angela Watson
            Abdel Budri                                                           NBC Universal Television Group                      Eduardo Ruiz                        FAME
West Office Clients Advisory Council         James P. Fogelman                                                                          MALDEF
                                         Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP                     Victoria M. Lopez                                                        Susan E. Anderson Wise
        Christina Burford                                                                   CARECEN                               Marc M. Seltzer                     Attorney at Law
Long Beach Office Clients Advisory           Richard Hackenberger                                                               Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
             Council                   U.S. Vets - Long Beach Villages at                  Lisa L. Maki                                                              Ronald E. Wood
                                                     Cabrillo                       Law Offices of Lisa L. Maki                      Susan Soltero                  Proskauer Rose LLP
           Carl J. Busch                                                                                                            Children’s Bureau
  Northrop Grumman Corporation                  Mamie C. Henry                         James M. McAdams
                                               LA VOICE - PICO                        Pierry & McAdams, LLP                      Martin T. Tachiki
                                                                                                                         Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office



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                                    Pro Bono Matters
    Gibson Attorneys Prevent Eviction of Single Mother
    Ms. Gonzales (not her real name) is a single mother working her way through college. She has lived in the same apartment
    in Gardena for several years. After successfully defending herself in a prior eviction action, Ms. Gonzales was served with
    another 3-day notice to pay rent or quit. On the last day of the notice period, Ms. Gonzales attempted to pay rent, but
    the landlord was not at home during the hours stated in the notice. Later that night the landlord told Ms. Gonzales that
    she must pay rent with a money order, even though the 3-day notice specifically allowed payment by personal check. The
    landlord told her to give him the money order the following morning. When she returned the next morning with a cashier’s
    check, the landlord returned it to her as “late” and filed suit to evict her. LAFLA placed the case with pro bono attorneys
    Joseph Marra and Matt Wickersham of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Marra and Wickersham, working with partner
    Timothy Hatch, learned that Ms. Gonzales had carefully documented all of her past payments to the landlord. During
    a three-hour bench trial, Marra and Wickersham presented testimony from Ms. Gonzales and her neighbor that she had
    attempted to pay rent in compliance with the notice, but was told by the landlord to return the next day with a money
    order. The court found that Ms. Gonzales’ testimony, in conjunction with her history of diligent attempts to pay rent, was
    more credible than the testimony presented by the landlord. Based on this finding, the court ruled in favor of Ms. Gonzales.
    The court concluded that she had tendered rent in compliance with the notice, and that the landlord waived payment
    within the notice period by requesting a later payment.

    LAFLA and O’Melveny Attorney Fee Award Upheld
    Tai Glenn, Directing Attorney of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles’ Housing Unit, and pro bono attorneys Paul
    B. Salvaty, Catalina J. Vergara, and Shannon Keast of the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP successfully represented 32
    tenants against their slumlord for forcible detainer, wrongful eviction, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Four of
    the tenants had leases that awarded attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party in any civil action “in connection with” the lease.
    In a decision certified for publication, the California Court of Appeal upheld an award of nearly $124,000 in attorneys’
    fees to the four tenants. In addition the court noted that the decision should not be construed as supporting the trial court’s
    judgment to reduce the fee request because O’Melveny took the case pro bono, finding: “[O]ur research uncovered no case
    in which a trial court reduced a fee award simply because of the ‘pro bono type of work’ involved.”

    Manatt Attorney Defends Disabled Domestic Violence Victim
    Ms. Carson, who has cerebral palsy, came into LAFLA’s Santa Monica Domestic Violence Clinic because her boyfriend
    shoved, kicked, and threatened her. Melissa Goetz of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP successfully negotiated with the
    boyfriend’s attorney for a five-year restraining order, the maximum available under state law, sparing Ms. Carson from the
    stress of a formal hearing. The boyfriend was ordered to stay away and refrain from making any attempts to contact Ms.
    Carson. Goetz also negotiated for the boyfriend to reimburse Ms. Carson in full for charges he ran up on her cell phone.


    Trainings for New Volunteers
    Upcoming trainings for new LAFLA volunteers. Volunteers must register in advance and a minimum volunteer commitment is required.
    Saturday, June 7, 2008—8:30 aM to 1:30 P.M. Domestic Violence Prevention Courthouse Clinic Training
    Pro bono attorneys and law students are needed to assist domestic violence victims in the Santa Monica Courthouse Clinic.
    Volunteers commit to one clinic per month for six months at the Santa Monica Courthouse. Volunteers must register in
    advance.

    Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica. 4.5 CLE hours.
    Registration/Information: creyes@lafla.org or (323) 801-7969.

    For more information and future training dates, please go to www.lafla.org/support/volunteer/ or contact Toby Rothschild, Acting Director
    of Private Attorney Involvement at trothschild@lafla.org or (323) 801-7978.

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2008 Law Firm Campaign Launched
The 2008 Annual Fund Drive Law Firm Campaign was kicked-off this winter under the leadership of three co-chairs
representing diverse segments of the legal community—Seth Aronson of O’Melveny & Myers LLP, James Lichtman of
NBC Universal and Marc Seltzer of Susman & Godfrey L.L.P. This year, under a new structure, the co-chairs will be
supported in their efforts by attorney Ron Turovsky of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP who has volunteered to head
the Law Firm Campaign subcommittee of the LAFLA board. The subcommittee will work in tandem with the three
co-chairs to generate support and provide follow-up to the Campaign.
Mr. Turovsky expressed his delight to be heading the Law Firm Campaign subcommittee. Said Turovsky, “I look
forward to working with the subcommittee and with Seth, Jamie and Marc to help LAFLA raise the funds needed to
ensure its ability to continue to provide the high-quality legal assistance to low-income residents it is well-known for
in our community.”
As a significant component of LAFLA’s Annual Fund Drive overall private fund-raising effort, the Law Firm Campaign
raises over half a million dollars yearly from a combination of large to small-sized firms, corporate law departments and
sole practitioners. LAFLA thanks Seth Aronson, James Lichtman, Marc Seltzer and Ron Turovsky and the members of
the Law Firm Campaign subcommittee for their exemplary commitment to LAFLA. We look forward to acknowledg-
ing all the supporters of the 2008 Law Firm Campaign in our next issue of LAFLA Matters.

                      2007 LAW FIRM CAMPAIGN PARTNERS IN EQUAL JUSTICE
                  Maxwell M. Blecher, Co-Chair                                                Jeffrey A. LeVee, Co-Chair
                     Blecher & Collins, P.C.                                                           Jones Day


LEADERSHIP FIRMS                                 Pansky & Markle                                  Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P.
(Giving $300+ per attorney or $30,000+ at the    Rintala, Smoot, Jaenicke & Rees LLP              Goodwin Proctor LLP
Sustaining, Supporting or Benefactor level)      Stefan M. Mason, A Mediation Corporation         Hahn & Hahn LLP
                                                 Sullivan & Cromwell                              Hart, Watters & Carter
Bingham McCutchen LLP                            Susman Godfrey L.L.P.                            Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman
English, Munger & Rice                           Taylor Summers Rhodes Rasmussen Brooke           Hillel Chodos, Attorney at Law
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP                       & Woodard LLP                                   Jones Day
Irell & Manella LLP                                                                               Kaye Scholer LLP
Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices of Southern                                                           Knee, Ross & Silverman LLP
 California, P.C.                                SUPPORTING FIRMS                                 Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP
Latham & Watkins LLP                             ($225 or more per attorney)                      Lim, Ruger & Kim, LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP                                                                        Magana, Cathcart & McCarthy
                                                 Jaffe & Clemens
O’Melveny & Myers LLP                                                                             Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
                                                 Proskauer Rose LLP
Pierry & McAdams, LLP                                                                             McDermott Will & Emery
Sidley Austin LLP                                                                                 Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
                                                 BENEFACTOR FIRMS                                 Morrison & Foerster LLP
                                                 ($200 or more per attorney)                      Murchison & Cumming
SUSTAINING FIRMS                                                                                  Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
 ($250 or more per attorney)                     Blumberg Law Corporation                         Owens & Gach Ray
Blecher & Collins, P.C.                          Finkelberg & Finkelberg                          Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
Folger Levin & Kahn LLP                          Greenberg Glusker                                Petillon & Hiraide LLP
Fulwider Patton Lee & Utecht, LLP                Nachshin & Weston, LLP                           Reed Smith LLP
Greene, Broillet & Wheeler, LLP                                                                   Rose, Klein & Marias, LLP
Howarth & Smith                                  OTHER PARTICIPATING                              Rosenbloom & Rosenbloom, LLP
Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP                                                                         Rutter, Hobbs & Davidoff Incorporated
Law Office of James E. Hornstein                 FIRMS                                            Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Law Offices of Gary A. Freedman                  Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP           Stutman, Treister & Glatt Professional
Leidner & Leidner                                Bryan Cave LLP                                    Corporation
Levine & Unger                                   Carroll, Kelly, Trotter, Franzen & McKenna       Wasser, Cooperman & Carter
Lightfoot Vandevelde Sadowsky Crouchley          Chadbourne & Parke LLP                           Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman &
 Rutherford & Levine LLP                         Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP                       Dicker LLP



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    Access        Annual Benefit Celebrates Rick Finkelstein, Brad
    to Justice   Brian and McDermott Will & Emery LLP For Their

    Dinner              Exemplary Support of Access to Justice

        2007
                 L
                       AFLA’s 2007 Access to Justice Dinner on November 7th at the Beverly
                       Hilton Hotel was the most successful in the nine-year history of the event,
                       generating over $814,000 in voluntary support from the legal, corporate
                 and entertainment industries.
                  LAFLA was pleased to honor premier international law firm McDermott Will &
                 Emery with the Pro Bono Service Award for their contribution of over 3,400 pro
                 bono hours litigating two major affirmative slum housing cases. In both cases,
                 slumlords attempted to force tenants—seniors and working poor families—out
                 of their rent-controlled units in violation of the law by stripping the buildings to
                 their bare bones and making them uninhabitable. The firm’s efforts stabilized the
                 lives of the poor families trapped in these housing nightmares and are sending a
                 message to unscrupulous landlords all over the city: Slumlords are not welcome in
                 Los Angeles.
                 Rick Finkelstein, Vice Chairman, Universal Pictures and Executive Vice President,
                 Universal Studios, was honored with the Access to Justice Award. Mr. Finkelstein is
                 a champion of NBC Universal’s corporate commitment to partnering with public
                 service law firms, especially LAFLA, to provide pro bono legal assistance to low-
                 income men, women and children who otherwise would be denied access to justice
                 because of their poverty. Accepting the award, Mr. Finkelstein said, “When you
                 see poor people losing their residences to unscrupulous landlords because they
                 don’t have the means to fight back, as evidenced by the video you watched tonight,
                 it makes you appreciate the courageous work performed by the attorneys who
                 support LAFLA.”
                 Top trial attorney and past LAFLA board president Brad D. Brian, Munger, Tolles
                 & Olson LLP was honored with the Maynard Toll Award for Distinguished Public
                 Service for devoting countless hours and energy over the course of this career to
                 public service, pro bono work, and human rights advocacy, both in the U.S. and




                                                          Photo on the left: 2007 MaynardToll
                                                          Award recipient Brad Brian (center)
                                                          with LAFLA Board President and
                                                          Dinner Co-Chair Glenn Pomerantz
                                                          and Dinner Co-chair and Toll Award
                                                          presenter Bert Deixler.


                                                          Photo on the right: 2007 Access
                                                          to Justice Award recipient Rick
                                                          Finkelstein receives the award
                                                          from Ron Meyer, President & Chief
                                                          Operating Officer, Universal Studios.




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                                                                                  ANGELS
                                                                                  Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
                                                                                  NBC Universal
                                                                                  Thomas Spiegel
                                                                                  BENEFACTORS
                                                                                  Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP
                                                                                  Hogan & Hartson LLP
                                                                                  Oaktree Capital Management
                                                                                  PATRONS
                                                                                  City National Bank
                                                                                  Dreier Stein & Kahan LLP
                                                                                  Foley & Lardner LLP
                                                                                  Fox Entertainment Group, Inc.
                                                                                  Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
                                                                                  Greenberg Glusker
                                                                                  HBO
                                                                                  Katten Muchen rosenman LLP
                                                                                  Kirkland & Ellis LLP
                                                                                  McDermott Will & Emery
                                                                                  Microsoft Media & Entertainment Group
                                                                                  Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Presentation of the 2007 Pro Bono Service Award: front row from L-R, McDermott    Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Will & Emery attorneys Michelle Shvarts, Michelle Manzo and Elizabeth Mann        O’Melveny & Myers LLP
with LAFLA client Richard Kaine and the firm’s Chairman Harvey Freishtat; back    Proskauer Rose LLP
row: McDermott attorneys Charles Weir, Joshua Kweller & Jason Strabo with         Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
                                                                                  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
LAFLA attorney Christian Abasto (second from left).
                                                                                  SPONSORS
                                                                                  Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld LLP
                                                                                  Bingham McCutchen LLP
                                                                                  Brad D. Brian, Esq.
abroad. As Chair of the 75,000 member Litigation Section of the American          Capital Group Companies, Inc.
Bar Association in 2005-2006, Mr. Brian helped bring relief to victims of         Christensen, Glaser, Fink, Jacobs, Weil &
Hurricane Katrina and presided over wide-ranging programs to represent             Shapiro LLP
                                                                                  DIRECTV
inmates on Death Rows throughout the country and to find needed legal             Michael R, Doyen, Esq.
representation for pro bono clients across the land. As a member of LAFLA’s       English, Munger & Rice
                                                                                  Irell &Manella LLP
Board of Directors from 1995-2002 and its President in 2000-2001, Mr.             JAMS
Brian helped to substantially increase private donations in the wake of Legal     Jones Day
                                                                                  Latham & Watkins LLP
Services Corporation cutbacks and presided over LAFLA’s successful merger         Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
with the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach.                                      Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP
                                                                                  Morrison & Foerster LLP
We are grateful to all the Dinner Co-Chairs, most notably steering committee      Northrop Grumman Corporation
                                                                                  Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliot LLP
members Stephen English, James Hornstein, Neil Martin, Glenn Pomerantz,           Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Harriet Posner, Paul Salvaty, Marc Seltzer and Rita Tuzon, for their efforts in   Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
                                                                                  Pierry & McAdams, LLP
making the event such a rewarding and memorable evening. We also thank            Glenn D. Pomerantz, Esq.
our distinguished honorees and the many Benefactors, Patrons, Sponsors,           Harriet Spaulding Posner, Esq.
and other supporters whose generosity will help LAFLA sustain its program         Reed Smith LLP
                                                                                  Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
and services in the years to come.                                                Michael E. Soloff, Esq.
                                                                                  Starz
                                                                                  Susman Godfrey L.L.P.
                                                                                  Universal Music Group
                                                                                  Warner Bros.
                                                                                  Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin &
                                                                                   Evall, LLP
                                                                                  Winston & Strawn LLP
                                                                                  Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer, Gilbert-Lurie,
                                                                                   Stiffelman, Cook, Johnson, Lande & Wolf LLP
                                                                                  TABLES
                                                                                  Blecher & Collins, P.C.
                                                                                  Bryan Cave LLP
                                                                                  Edison International
                                                                                  Lisa L. Maki
                                                                                  Mayer Brown LLP
                                                                                  Moldex Metric
                                                                                  Rintala, Smoot, Jaenicke & Rees LLP
                                                                                  Spillane Shaeffer Aronoff Bandlow LLP
                                                                                  Strike Entertainment
                                                                                  Martin Tachiki
                                                                                  Theodora Oringher Richman & Miller
                                                                                  Rita Tuzon


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          laFla assoCiatEs advisory Board NEws
                                                                                                 Frank Rorie, Chair
                                                                                         Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
                                           Associates Advisory Board                       Pantea Yashar, 1st Vice Chair
                                           Chair Frank Rorie addresses                        Kirkland & Ellis LLP
                                           AABFab guests at the 2007
                                                                                        Robert Herrington, 2nd Vice Chair
                                           summer event held at The                  Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
                                           Edison.
                                                                                          Ofer Bleiweiss, Irell & Manella LLP
                                                                                           Alan Chiu, Latham & Watkins LLP
                                                                                             Kim Foster, Seyfarth Shaw LLP
                                                                                         Chad Geving, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
                                                                                   Charles Gomez, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
                                                                             Mike Gonzales, Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory &
                                                                                                         Natsis LLP
                                                                                       Hartwell Harris, Bingham McCutchen LLP
                                                                                         Krystal Hauserman, Greenberg Glusker
                                                                                             Tyler Johnson, Bryan Cave LLP




     B
                                                                                            Raymond Kim, Reed Smith LLP
             uilding on its success from last year, the Associates            Tamara McCrossen, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
             Advisory Board (“AAB”) is off to a great start for 2008.              Sarah F. Powers, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
                                                                                           Christopher Rivas, Reed Smith LLP
             In December, 23 associates representing 18 firms renewed                 Javier Rivera, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
     their commitment to LAFLA by agreeing to serve another year                    Ann Robinson, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
                                                                               Sheryl Rosenberg, Sedgwick Detert Moran & Arnold LLP
     on the AAB. Since then, the board has added six new members                   Craig Rutenberg, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP
     and one new firm and is poised to add even more members in the                        Margarita Salazar, Bryan Cave LLP
     months ahead.                                                                     Monica Scheetz, Morrison & Foerster LLP
                                                                                        Jennifer Sepic, Bingham McCutchen LLP
     In January, officers and committee chairs were elected for 2008:                    Hwannie Shen, Winston & Strawn LLP
                                                                             David Shraga, Dreier Stein Kahan Browne Woods George LLP
     Executive Committee (Frank Rorie, Chair; Pantea Yashar and                        Michelle Shvarts, Winston & Strawn LLP
     Robert Herrington, Vice-Chairs); Pro Bono Committee (Chris                             Ming Tam, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
                                                                                       Catalina Vergara, O’Melveny & Myers LLP
     Rivas and Charles Gomez, Chairs); Fundraising Committee                               Anita Wu, Latham & Watkins LLP
     (Hartwell Harris and Jennifer Sepic, Chairs); Social/Outreach
     Committee (Javier Rivera and Kim Foster, Chairs). The new
     leadership is excited about the challenges that await them and
     already has been hard at work.
     The Pro Bono Committee continues to work with Shelia
     Neville of LAFLA to develop and support our Victims of Crime
     Immigration Clinic. This clinic helps individuals who have been
     the victim of violent crime obtain work permits, Social Security
     cards, and visas in exchange for assisting law enforcement in the

                                                                                   SAVETHEDATE
     prosecution of crime.
     The Fundraising Committee recently concluded the Associates
     Campaign for 2007-2008. We are pleased to report (at the time               AABfab SUMMER
     of publication) that the Campaign had its best year ever raising
     over $43,000! These contributions will be used to help LAFLA                              SOIREE
     fund the salaries of its three AmeriCorps members.
     And with summer right around the corner, the Social/Outreach
                                                                                 Wednesday, June 11, 2008
     Committee is busy planning our annual AAB Fab Summer Event.
     This year, the event will be held at The Edison in downtown Los
     Angeles on June 11, 2008. The event brings together hundreds
     of law firm and summer associates each year to raise awareness
     of LAFLA and promises to be another rousing success this year.
     Please contact Ludmila Montoya at (213) 640-3894 if you are
     interested in purchasing tickets to this AAB-solutely fabulous
     event, and stay tuned for further updates from the AAB.
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 asiaN aNd PaCiFiC islaNdEr
 UNit writ GraNtEd iN sEXUal                                                     Your Donation
        assaUlt CasE                                                                   is important
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        sian and Pacific Islander Unit Directing Attorney
        Joann Lee and Family Law Unit staff attorney Ji-                    Here’s how you can help sustain LAFLA’s
        Lan Zang successfully represented a monolingual                     mission to change the lives of poor people!
Korean-speaking woman who was being sexually assaulted by
the landlord from whom she and her four-year old daughter                     Make a cash gift.
were renting a room. The landlord told her she could pay                      Make a gift of appreciated securities or real estate.
rent after she obtained a job or government benefits. He then                 Make a commemorative gift in honor or memory of a
demanded that she perform household chores and started                        colleague or loved one.
attacking her sexually. He repeatedly reminded her that she                   Designate LAFLA in a planned gift (will, trust,
owed him money and progressively increased her debts while
                                                                              insurance policy).
warning her that he had a history of harming and killing people
who did not pay him back. The landlord also propositioned                     Make an in-kind gift of goods or services.
the client, stating that she could pay off her debts by providing             Contributions to the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles are
him sexual services.                                                          tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Lee assisted the client with obtaining safety at a sexual assault             TAX ID # 95-1684067.
shelter and filed for civil harassment restraining orders. The                For additional information about how you can support the Legal
client was granted temporary protection and given a hearing                   Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, please call the Development Office
date but was unable to have the landlord served before the                    at (323) 801-7915 or log onto our website at www.lafla.org.
hearing.
On the date of the hearing, Lee requested a continuance and
a reissuance of the temporary orders. Without listening to the                        Thank you for your interest in
client’s situation, the court refused to reissue the restraining                        and support of our work.
orders pending the continuance, stating that it did not reissue
such orders as a matter of policy.
Believing that this was a systemic problem that would                  The Court of Appeals responded to the writ within hours,
endanger victims of sexual assault, Lee decided to file a writ         instructing the lower court to grant the reissuance of the
with the Court of Appeals. She argued that the court’s policy          temporary orders. At the hearing, Zang represented the
constituted an abuse of discretion, placing the client and her         client and obtained a three-year restraining order against
daughter in extreme danger.                                            the landlord, protecting her and her daughter.


  CaliForNia CoUrt oF aPPEal aFFirms $70,000 JUdGmENt For
       domEstiC worKEr iN historiC PUBlishEd dECisioN

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       mployment Law Unit senior attorneys Steve Zrucky and Betty Hung and staff attorney Anel Flores successfully represented
       domestic worker Josefa Gonzalez in an appeal before the California Court of Appeal. For several years, Ms. Gonzalez
       had toiled nearly 70 hours a week cooking, cleaning, and caring for her employers for a mere $5 to $6 an hour—less
than the state minimum wage. Ms. Gonzalez, with her attorneys’ assistance, filed an administrative wage claim with the Labor
Commissioner and won a judgment for $70,000 in unpaid wages, penalties, and interest. The employers, who had failed to
appear in the Labor Commissioner proceeding, appealed to the Superior Court to set aside the judgment on the grounds that
they had failed to receive actual notice of the underlying Labor Commissioner administrative wage claim. The trial court ruled
in Ms. Gonzalez’ favor, denying the motion to set aside. The employers then appealed to the Court of Appeal.
In a decision certified for publication, the Court of Appeal affirmed the $70,000 judgment in favor of Ms. Gonzalez, holding
that the defendants had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies as required by Labor Code Section 98(f ). This is the first
published case in California to interpret a defendant employer’s duty under Labor Code Section 98(f ) to exhaust administrative
remedies before appealing to the Superior Court, and will help to ensure due process for the tens of thousands of pro per
claimants who file Labor Commissioner wage claims each year.

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SAVEtheDATE
    Long Beach                                       grand cru

                                                         The annual outdoor event that serves
                                                            over 1,000 award-winning wines
                                                          and food from the Southland’s great
                                                        restaurants will take place on Saturday,
                                                        August 16, 2008 at the Rainbow Lagoon
                                                               in downtown Long Beach.

                                                         For more informaion and to purchase
                                                         sponsorships or tickets, contact Executive
                                                         Producer Ludmila Montoya at (213) 640-3894
                                                         or email lmontoya@lafla.org.




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