JusticeCorps: Los Angeles Region

JusticeCorps Los Angeles

Applications are currently being accepted

There are 9.8 million people living in Los Angeles, many of whom cannot afford legal representation and need assistance navigating through complicated court proceedings. In Los Angeles:

  • 54% of residents speak a language other than English
  • 36% of residents are foreign born
  • The poverty rate and number of single parent households exceeds the statewide average

In 2004, The Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles launched the JusticeCorps program. JusticeCorps began with 100 minimum-time members serving in Los Angeles’ court based self-help centers, providing legal information to self-represented litigants. Now, 135 minimum-time members and 15 full-time members provide assistance at the self-help centers. Members are recruited from local universities and placed in legal self-help centers located throughout the county.

Since it began, Los Angeles JusticeCorps has served more than 300,000 people and graduated 900 alumni.

JusticeCorps members will be trained to provide legal information to self–represented litigants to assist them with resolving important legal matters. JusticeCorps members assist litigants by helping litigants prepare court paperwork, by making referrals, or through assistance at a legal information workshop. Members will receive training in a variety of areas to support and enhance the member’s service to the public as well as training that will support the member’s individual development. Members will be placed at one of 12 service locations located throughout the County of Los Angeles.


JusticeCorps College Student (Minimum-Time Member/300-Hour) Program

This program is open to students enrolled in one of our participating campuses: California State University at Northridge; California State University at Dominguez Hills; University of California at Los Angeles; California Polytechnic University, Pomona; California State University at Long Beach; and the University of Southern California.

JusticeCorps College Student members provide 300 hours of service.

Application deadline for participating CSU campuses and for USC: 5:00 p.m., Friday, February 27, 2015

Application deadline for UCLA and CalPoly Pomona: 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 3, 2015


JusticeCorps Summer 2014 (Minimum-Time Member/300-Hour) Program

The summer program is open to all current college students or recent graduates. The program offers an intensive 9 week, full-time immersion program from students interested in assisting self-represented litigants. Participants provide 300 hours of service from mid-June through mid-August. This position requires a minimum service commitment of 35 hours per week (7 – 7.5 hours a day Monday-Friday during normal business hours, depending on the service location).

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 9, 2015


JusticeCorps Graduate Fellowship (Full-Time Member/1700-Hour) Program

JusticeCorps Fellows serve for 11-12 months and must complete 1700 hours of service. They receive health benefits, a living allowance of $20,000, payable in 12 equal monthly installments of $1666, and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the sum of $5,730 upon successful completion of the program. The program start date is August 17, 2015. Any individual who will have a bachelor’s degree by the program start date is welcome to apply.

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 9, 2015.

Los Angeles JusticeCorps recruits its members from students attending JusticeCorps’ partner universities. Students can meet JusticeCorps program staff at campus job fairs, and can also learn about the program through their campus service-learning or career centers:


Each partner also has a campus-based university representative who works on outreach and recruitment and supports members throughout their service year. The 2013-14 university contacts are:

California State University at Dominguez Hills

  • Cheryl McKnight
    Director, Center for Service Learning, Internships, & Civic Engagement

California State University at Long Beach


California State University at Northridge 

  • Dr .Joyce Burstein
    Faculty Director for Community Engagement at the Center for Innovative & Engaged Learning Opportunities at CSUN

California State Polytechnic University Pomona


University of California at Los Angeles 


University of Southern California

 

Program Director: Jennifer Kalish, 213-663-0392
Jennifer Kalish oversees the Los Angeles JusticeCorps program on a daily basis. Ms. Kalish designs and coordinates partner and member trainings, directs program staff, and oversees the collection of data for performance measurements that show the impact of the program.  Ms. Kalish has been with the Los Angeles JusticeCorps program since it began in 2004. She holds a Bachelors in history from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo as well as a Masters and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in history from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a graduate student at UCLA Ms. Kalish worked at the Center for Community Learning where she discovered her passion for working with students engaged in community service. Working with the JusticeCorps members and watching them grow through their experiences in the program is Ms. Kalish’s favorite part of her job.

Senior Program Coordinator: Sheree Andaya Valdoria, 213-663-0686
Sheree Andaya plans, coordinates, and provides administrative support for all JusticeCorps program operations, including assisting in member and court staff trainings, tracking member hours, coordinating fiscal paperwork, and entering data pertaining to JusticeCorps performance measurements. Ms. Andaya has been with the Los Angeles JusticeCorps program since it began in 2004. Ms. Andaya received a Bachelors is biology from Mount St. Mary's College in 1998 and a Masters in Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills in 2004. Having the opportunity to work directly with the members is Ms. Andaya’s favorite part of her job.

Program Coordinator: Tony Magana 213-663-0671
Antonio Magana has been with the Los Angeles Superior court for 9 years. He has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology with a concentration in software engineering. He is responsible for JusticeCorps’ technology needs, including engineering all JusticeCorps applications. Seeing members successfully complete the program is Mr. Magana’s favorite part of the job

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