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A First Look at the Need for Pro Bono Work By Jonathan Wan

Guest post by Jonathan Wan, law student at George Washington University Law School, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. Interning at MHAS has been humbling and meaningful. Right from […]

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Meaningful and Rewarding – My Internship at MHAS, by Dale Bellitto

Guest post by Dale Bellitto, law student at University of Michigan Law School, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. Interning at Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) this past May […]

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Law Student Internship: A Great Start to My Summer, by Jennie Zhan

Guest Post by Jennie Mingming Zhan, law student at Western State College of Law, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. Reflecting upon my experience this May, I have […]

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Spring Days of Service at MHAS by Johnny Lok

Guest Post by Johnny Lok, law student at University of Kansas School of Law, who participated in MHAS’ Spring internship program in May. The students assisted MHAS attorneys at our monthly free legal clinic, completed research on housing and benefit issues, and provided advocacy and intake support. My three weeks at Mental Health Advocacy Services were […]

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Sharing Fair Housing Strategies

As part of the fair housing project I have been leading at MHAS this year, I have had the pleasure of collaborating with many new community partners. This week has been particularly exciting as my project partnered to present two trainings that were a powerful reminder of both how eager many housing providers are to […]

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Amnesty Program for Traffic Fines

If you get caught speeding in many parts of Europe, you will pay a fine proportionate to your income. In the United States, the fine for a traffic or other infraction is the same for everyone, regardless of income. Infraction tickets in California typically run to the hundreds of dollars—an amount that is out of […]

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NYU Law Students Volunteer at MHAS

During their spring break in March 2017, three first-year students from New York University School of Law volunteered on an alternative spring break trip at Mental Health Advocacy Services in Los Angeles. The students, Chantalle Hanna, Ana Namaki, and Lauren Richardson, attended MHAS’ monthly legal clinic in Pasadena, tabled at U.S. Vets in Long Beach, […]

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Veteran and Single Father Facing Eviction

“Daddy, someone’s here!” As I stood outside my client’s front door, I heard the patter of a little girl’s feet, followed by the deep thud of her father’s footsteps. When you think of homeless veterans, you might not think first of single fathers. Yet here I was, working to help a young father who had […]

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A New Beginning

I’m a brand new lawyer who just passed the bar and here I am at Mental Health Advocacy Services in charge of a new veterans’ legal services project.  As an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Veterans Legal Fellow, I work exclusively with veterans facing housing loss, debt, public benefits denial, and tickets, fines, and warrants. Beginning my […]

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Public Interest at USC Gould

Jim Preis, Executive Director of Mental Health Advocacy Services and Professor at USC Gould School of Law attended an event to promote public interest law. The event was held at USC Gould School of Law in November, 2016 with representatives from Los Angeles’ leading legal aid and advocacy organizations. Get the full story: http://gould.usc.edu/press/article.cfm?newsid=4332

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Transition and Reflections

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. I have had the privilege of working at MHAS for the past two years as an Equal Justice Works Fellow, generously sponsored by Greenberg Traurig LLP. In that time, we have created our Behavioral Health-Legal Partnership (BeHeLP) – […]

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Utility Debt: Challenges and Victories

by Eliza Schafler Eliza Schafler is an MHAS Equal Justice Works Fellow sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, LLP. At MHAS, many of our clients incur utility debt. This type of debt can be caused by general financial hardship; it may also pile up when a person is hospitalized, suffers abuse, or is forced to leave home […]

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