Faculty Profiles

Karla Barrow Chalif

Karla Barrow Chalif

Lecturer in Law
B.A. UCLA, 1994
J.D. University of San Diego School of Law, 1998

Karla Barrow Chalif co-teaches Introduction to Lawyer-Client Relationship. Barrow Chalif is the Chief Operating Officer at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). LAHSA’s mission is to support, create and sustain solutions to homelessness in Los Angeles County by providing leadership, advocacy, planning, and management of program funding.

Barrow Chalif was formerly a managing attorney at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) where she supervised a staff of five attorneys who provided legal services in the areas of family law, consumer law, housing/unlawful detainers and government benefits to residents of Santa Monica. Barrow Chalif also managed the Santa Monica Domestic Violence Clinic located at the Santa Monica Courthouse, and supervised five additional attorneys in four Self Help Legal Access Centers located in Santa Monica, Torrance, Inglewood, and Long Beach Courthouses. Barrow Chalif joined LAFLA in 1999 as a staff attorney representing clients with government benefits and employment law issues. She also has an extensive background in regulatory and policy issues as they relate to compliance within state and federally run benefits programs. She is involved in the training of other attorneys and direct services providers regarding issues that impact low-income individuals.

She was instrumental in the passage of the Living Wage Campaign in Santa Monica, and also won a judgment securing over 10 years of retroactive benefits to a mentally ill client in excess of $100,000. An article about the case and its impact on Medi-Cal recipients was published in Santa Monica Bar Journal.

Barrow Chalif received her B.A. from UCLA, and her J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law. She is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar.