Munger, Tolles & Olson will receive the Pro Bono Service Award on Nov. 16 from the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). The firm will be honored for its partnership with LAFLA and our outstanding commitment to helping low-income individuals in Los Angeles receive equal access to justice.
In describing its decision to honor Munger Tolles, LAFLA stated, “the firm’s lawyers have contributed thousands of hours over the last several years to partner with LAFLA in protecting the legal rights of elderly, disabled and very low-income recipients of Section 8 housing threatened with illegal eviction. The firm helped win a major victory for low-income tenants’ rights when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in Barrientos v. 1801-1825 Morton LLC that Section 8 tenants are entitled to the same protections against arbitrary evictions that other renters have in Los Angeles and other rent control jurisdictions.”
The award, which is one of three awards presented by LAFLA, will be presented at the “13th Annual Access to Justice Dinner,” held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The dinner serves as a fundraiser for individuals who turn to LAFLA in need of legal services.
The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles has been assisting low income individuals for 80 years, providing legal services in employment law, immigration law, government benefits, family law and much more. It has six neighborhood offices, three Domestic Violence Clinics and four Self Help Legal Access Centers that provide services to communities in East Los Angeles, South Los Angeles, Pico-Union, Koreatown, the Westside and Long Beach.
Munger Tolles attorneys are committed to maintaining a strong pro bono practice, handling litigation in immigration, public benefits, housing, voting rights, disability rights, gay rights, death penalty, campaign finance and other matters. Our firm was one of the charter signatories to the American Bar Association’s pro bono challenge and consistently devotes more than three percent of all attorney time to delivering needed pro bono legal assistance.