Munger, Tolles & Olson joined the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) to celebrate the opening of the Ron Olson Justice Center on Nov. 13, 2017.
LAFLA’s new headquarters is named after the firm’s name partner Ronald L. Olson, in honor of his long history of public service. Mr. Olson has championed numerous pro bono matters during his five-decade legal career, including securing a landmark settlement in 2015 on behalf of homeless veterans in Los Angeles. An active leader in many civic organizations, Mr. Olson’s service includes serving as LAFLA board president from 1984-1985. He was honored by the organization in 1992 with its Maynard Toll Award for Distinguished Public Service.
“LAFLA has always been an anchor of this community and held a place of deep regard and respect for me personally,” Mr. Olson said in LAFLA’s press release. “My relationship with LAFLA’s mission began when I served on its pro bono board and has continued through our firm’s ongoing commitment to encouraging service and charitable giving by all of our attorneys. A mission as big and bold as LAFLA’s, with a client-base so vulnerable and deserving, takes the leadership and investment of many – two things I hope my gift, combined with each and every donor who supported this campaign, will help signal to others for generations to come.”
The Ron Olson Justice Center is a culmination of five years of hard work and dedication by Munger, Tolles & Olson Co-Managing Partner Brad D. Brian and attorney Glenn D. Pomerantz, who served as capital campaign co-chairs along with Jim Hornstein of Moldex-Metric, Inc. To fund the construction, more than $13.6 million was raised from private donors, corporations, foundations and law firms, including Munger, Tolles & Olson, which contributed more than $1 million.
LAFLA seeks to achieve equal justice for low-income people throughout Los Angeles County through direct representation, system change and community empowerment.
The new headquarters – located in the Westlake/Pico-Union area of Los Angeles – has several features that help LAFLA serve clients. These include a bright and inviting reception area, intake rooms that allow clients to speak privately with advocates while still being able to watch their children, accessibility for those who are disabled, and a Veterans Resource Center with legal resources and materials. On the top floor, a state-of-the-art board room and conference center will be available for trainings and community meetings.