Community Lawyers, Inc. provides low and moderate-income people access to affordable legal services and develops innovative opportunities for attorneys and law students in underserved communities.
On behalf of the Board of Directors, we invite you to join us in celebration of our loth Annual Justice Jam, "Celebrating Our Tradition of Advocacy", Friday, November 2, 2018, at La Plaza De Cultura y Artes. We sincerely hope that you, our dear friends and supporters, will choose to be with us as we proudly honor this years' award recipients: Access to Justice award to Bonnie Hough, the John R. Ortega Community Advocate Award to Moctezuma Esparza, and the Allies for Justice award to the Community Coalition. We also recognize outstanding lawyers, legal professionals and community activists, such as yourself, who join us every year in support of Cli's mission to increase access to affordable and excellent legal services.
Based in the City of Compton, CLI's mission is to increase legal service delivery in underserved communities. The organization, founded in 2005, realizes the challenges that individuals face in finding quality, ethical and affordable attorneys. CLI provides access to critical legal resources primarily to the communities of Compton, South Los Angeles, and Southeast Los Angeles County. In January 2009, CLI launched the Community Law - yers Access Center (CLAC). Since its launch, CLAC has provided legal information and services to more than 4,600 individuals and conducted more than 1,300 legal clinics, workshops, and information sessions. CLAC operates primarily with the support of volunteer attorneys, students, and paralegals to educate individuals about their legal rights and responsibilities.
It is only through the support of donors like you that we have continued to provide these services to the community who is desperately in need. CLL is primarily funded by donors like you. Your continued support allows CLI to bridge the gap in legal services through legal clinics and other offerings. Your support will also allow our dedicated volunteers and staff to continue to provide this programming, as well allow CLI to expand its programming in the future.
CLI is honored to have your support this year. We ask for your sponsorship commitment before October 5, 2018. We ask you to please join us in this 10th anniversary of the Justice Jam to support and grow CLI for many more years to come. We at CLI thank you graciously for your attendance and sponsorship. Please become a part of this history of service that has grown since 2005. Thank you, as always, to our both our new and continuing supporters over the years. We look forward to seeing you at the eventi
Luz Herrera, Founder
Ce Rosa Hirji, President
Karen Suri, Justice Jam Chair
Bonnie Rose Hough is the Principal Managing Attorney for the Center for Families, Children & the Courts of the Judicial Council of California and oversees its Access to Justice, Self Help, Family Law, Domestic Violence, and Tribal/State programs. She manages the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Pilot project and the Equal Access Fund providing over $24 million in funding for legal services agencies. Bonnie also manages three grant programs providing funding for court based, attorney supervised, and self-help centers.
Bonnie has been employed by the Judicial Council since August1997. The focus of her work is on helping courts meet the needs of people who cannot afford counsel in civil cases. She is the editor of the Benchguide for Judicial Officers on Handling Cases Involving Self-Represented Litigants. She also supervises an extraordinary team that developed the California Courts On-Line Self-Help Center, which contains over 4,000 pages of legal information and step by step guides in English and Spanish. The site is used by over 5 million people per year. Her team also develops document assembly programs which are currently used by over 70,000 people per year to complete their court forms.
Bonnie was a founder of the Family Law Center in Marin County and served as its executive director and lead attorney for six years. She attended Hastings College of the Law and also has a Masters of Public Administration. Before joining CFCC, she was in private practice in family law where she focused on offering limited and full scope assistance to persons of modest means
Moctesuma Esparza, an award-winning filmmaker, producer, entrepreneur and activist, is revered for his contributions to the movie industry and commitment to Latinos. Esparza established Maya Cinemas, a chain of modern movie theatre complexes with the focus on providing main stream entertainment in Latino centric underserved communities. A few of his production credits include: Selena, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (HBO), The Milagro Beanfield War, Gettysburg, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, and Walkout (HBO). Esparza founded the Los Angeles Academy of Arts and Enterprise Charter School, is Co-Founder of NALIP, Co-Founder and former Chair of the NAA, and is a Founding Board Member of the Sundance Institute. He has served the City of Los Angeles as a Commissioner to the Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System and was also appointed by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to the planning commission of the National Museum of the American Latino. He is also a trustee of the American Film Institute. He has been nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy and has been awarded over 200 honors and awards including an Emmy, Clio, John F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Ohio State Award, Cine Golden Eagle and The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Los Angeles Region as well as being listed as one the most influential Latinos in the US consistently for over three decades.
Community Coalition is a non-profit social justice organization working towards changing the social and economic conditions that foster addiction, crime and violence in South LA. For nearly 20 years, the Coalition has been bringing African American and Latino residents together to improve the quality of life in South LA.
Community leaders, including current California Assembly Speaker, Karen Bass, founded Community Coalition as a non-profit organization in 1990 in response to the 1980's crack cocaine epidemic that devastated South LA. The goal was to provide preventative community-centered solutions to the drug problem.
Community Coalition works with African American and Latino residents to build a prosperous and healthy South LA with safe neighborhoods, quality schools, a strong social safety net and positive economic development in order to reduce crime, poverty and substance abuse in our community.