Homeless Citation Legal Clinics

NLG Skid Row and Venice Homeless Citation ClinicsIf you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please email Weston Rowland at: rowlandweston@gmail.com or by phone at (626) 344- 9587

Our clinics take place:

  • In Venice on the third Saturday of each month from 11am to 2pm; and
    • Location: At the intersection of Dudley and Ocean Front Walk, the closest address is 325 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291, look for a white tarp with a white sign that says Venice Justice Committee.
  • In Skid Row on the first Wednesday of each month from 5pm to 7pm.
    •  Location: Los Angeles Community Action Network at 838 E 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021.

We are always looking for more volunteer lawyers to join the clinics. This is a great opportunity to get courtroom experience and help people in need. Please complete the form below to get involved and prepare to arrive 15 minutes before the clinic begins.

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What are Homeless Citation Legal Clinics?

The City of Los Angeles and LAPD have systematically cited people experiencing homelessness for minor “quality of life” violations in Venice and downtown in an effort to drive them from these rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

These are minor citations for things like sitting on the sidewalk, sleeping on the beach, smoking in public, urinating in public (bathrooms are closed at night), jaywalking, etc.

In response NLG-LA along with Los Angeles Community Action Network and Venice Justice Committee have held Homeless Citation Clinics in Venice since Fall 2014, and Skid Row since Summer 2015.

The clinics are staffed by community volunteers, law students and pro bono lawyers, holding regular intakes, then providing lawyers to go to court to fight the cases. Often times, the battle in court involves explaining to the judge our clients’ situations, how they became and remain homeless, and how the cost of the ticket will greatly harm them in their efforts to survive. So far our lawyers have been extremely successful in getting cases dismissed.