MHAS Attorney Named Top CA Lawyer

Congratulations to Mental Health Advocacy Services attorney Nishanthi Kurukulasuriya for being named one of the 2019 Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal!  The profile discusses her tremendous work advocating on behalf of low income adults and children with regards to their government benefits, special education needs, and housing rights. Click here […]

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Supporting Student Educational Success through Advocacy to Maintain Housing

By Nicolas Muñoz, USC Gould Irmas Legal Fellow LawWorks is a school/legal partnership with Learning Works, a charter school serving disenfranchised youth in grades 6 through 12 who have been pushed out of traditional schools. Through this partnership, I provide legal support on matters that pose barriers to student graduation and successful transition into adulthood. This […]

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Medical-Legal Partnership Making a Difference in the Lives of LA County’s Most Vulnerable

By Johanna Bloomfield, Senior Attorney I rejoined Mental Health Advocacy Services (MHAS) last spring as it began a new partnership led by Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLS) designed to serve some of our County’s most vulnerable, often homeless, residents by integrating legal services into the provision of health care. It is an innovative […]

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When the System Fails, Who Will Pick Up the Pieces?

While the focus of my Irmas Fellowship project is young children, I have also been fortunate to participate in a community-based partnership that enables me to provide much needed advocacy when the systems have failed older students. This part of my fellowship, LawWorks, is a school/legal partnership with Learning Works, a charter school serving disenfranchised […]

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Advocating For Students As They Begin Their Educational Journey

By Nicolas Muñoz, USC Gould Irmas Legal Fellow I have the honor of being a USC Gould School of Law Irmas Fellow at Mental Health Advocacy Services, Inc. (MHAS). The focus of my Irmas Fellowship project is advocacy for the educational success of children, particularly young children, with serious mental health disabilities. I do this […]

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Expanding Our AmeriCorps Reach

Upon graduating from law school, I had the pleasure of working as an AmeriCorps Fellow in the Employment Opportunity Legal Corps program in Watsonville, California. I valued the experience working within a farming community, advocating to remove legal barriers to employment, including assisting with record clearance remedies, enforcing consumer protections that mandate fair criminal re...

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When it Seems Unjust, You Have to Do Something

Public interest law provides all kinds of opportunities to do research and training, but the experience that really showed me the power and importance of public interest work was when a woman called in seeking help with troublesome neighbors. Through counseling the client on her fair housing rights, we found out that she had had […]

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