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Pro Bono

We are committed to public service. Many of our attorneys devote substantial time to bar association and judicial committees. Most importantly, the firm regularly makes its appellate expertise available in a varied array of pro bono cases.

The firm has handled appeals—as counsel both for parties and for amici curiae in the United States and California Supreme Courts, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the California Court of Appeal—on behalf of or in conjunction with such groups as the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, Public Counsel, and NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund. Our pro bono cases have included issues concerning foster care benefits, political asylum, the federal Violence Against Women Act, access to the courts to seek child support, the appellate rights of prisoners litigating civil cases without counsel, and the right of indigent litigants to waivers of court fees.

Contact David S. Ettinger for more information about our Pro Bono practice.

Representative Wins

Representative Briefs

  • Reed v. United Teachers Los Angeles (2012)

    California Court of Appeal amicus brief supporting settlement agreement that halted seniority-based layoffs in low performing schools.

  • Chavez v. City of Los Angeles (2009)

    California Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of public interest organizations in dispute over availability of attorney fees in low-damage discrimination cases.

  • Caso Campo Algodonero (2009)

    Amici curiae brief in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on behalf of various women’s and human rights organizations, supporting claims against Mexico under the American Convention on Human Rights and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women.