This year’s conference includes a special focus on Racial Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion Programming. Workshops that will address this overarching theme include [RJ] after the session title.
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Yvonne Mariajimenez

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Executive Director
Glendale CA
Yvonne is the executive director for Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA), a private, nonprofit law firm with a budget reaching $20 million by the end of 2019. NLSLA’s staff is expected to grow to 150, including more than 60 lawyers, who provide free legal services and advocacy to poor and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. Yvonne has a demonstrated background in litigation and policy advocacy in those areas that most affect the poor: housing, DV/family, immigration, public benefits, and health. Yvonne has lead significant policy advocacy efforts that resulted in the passage of the CA Homeowner Bill of Rights, the implementation of a health education and outreach project for the Republic of Mexico at the Los Angeles and San Diego Consulates, which was replicated at all Mexican Consulates in the U.S. and Canada, and, most recently, in Los Angeles County’s Department of Health Services adopting and embedding the NLSLA Medical Legal Community Partnership (MLCP) model into its countywide health delivery system. NLSLA will lead three other Los Angeles legal aid agencies in a $3.2 million expansion of co-located MLCPs in LA County’s hospital and community clinic network. The MLCP leverages the power of doctors, lawyers, and other health professionals to identify and ameliorate the social determinants of health impacting both individual, family, and community health status. Being a legal aid lawyer has been Yvonne’s vocation; the work is personal to her as she was born into and raised in poverty. Yvonne earned her B.S. in Business Administration at USC and her J.D. at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. She is fluent in Spanish.