JusticeCorps: Los Angeles Region

JusticeCorps Los Angeles

Applications for the 2016-2017 program year will be available in December 2015

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.

JusticeCorps Summer 2015 (Minimum-Time Member/300-Hour) Program and JusticeCorps Graduate Fellowship (Full-Time Member/1700-Hour) Program

JusticeCorps Fellows are college graduates who commit to provide a minimum of 1,700 hours of service during the academic year. The program will start in August, 2016, and hours will be completed by mid-August, 2017.

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

University of California at Los Angeles 

University of Southern California

Program Director: Jennifer Kalish, 213-633-0692
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.

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