UCLA, Pepperdine and Southwestern Law Schools Celebrate First Graduates of Attorney Incubator Program

LOS ANGELES, CA, March 14, 2016 – On March 15, 2016, the Los Angeles Incubator Consortium (“LAIC”) will host an event to celebrate the eight inaugural graduates of the attorney incubator program and to introduce a new class of participants. The program is aimed at assisting attorneys in developing effective solo law practices serving modest means clients. The event will be held at Bet Tzedek from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and offers the community the opportunity to celebrate and meet the “new solos,” and to meet program leaders and partner organizations.

The LAIC, a partnership among UCLA School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Southwestern Law School, local legal aid organizations and the Los Angeles County Law Library, was established as a pilot program in March 2015 through a grant from the State Bar of California’s Commission on Access to Justice. The participants are chosen for the one-year program after a competitive process that includes the submission of a personal statement and business plan and a personal interview. Each attorney in the program commits to volunteer at least 200 hours to assist people who need legal assistance but cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Consortium members Bet Tzedek, Community Legal Services, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Neighborhood Legal Services and Public Counsel provide legal training, mentorship and opportunities to support the new solos’ pro bono efforts.  

The new class of LAIC participants includes three recent graduates from UCLA, three from Pepperdine and four from Southwestern. The language fluencies of the 10 new solos include Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese. In addition to being a culturally diverse group, the participants are also well-rounded in their fields of interest.

“We are very excited to mark the fruitful first year of our attorney incubator program and to celebrate the success of our eight outstanding inaugural participants,” said Luz Herrera, assistant dean for clinical education, experiential learning, and public service at UCLA School of Law. “We are also thrilled to welcome the second cohort of participants who are both committed to serving modest means clients and represent a diverse group of practice areas, from handling family law and elder law matters to providing representation to emerging artists and helping clients establish small businesses.”

The new solos receive trainings specifically geared toward effective solo practice management, as well as individualized mentorship, throughout the program. Topics to be covered include client communication, case management and business opportunity development in addition to various to continuing legal education on a variety of practice areas.

The long-term goal of the consortium is to develop a successful incubator program that can serve the legal needs of low and modest income populations throughout Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit: http://www.laincubatorconsortium.com/.

About UCLA School of Law
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About Pepperdine University School of Law
Pepperdine University School of Law, founded in 1964 and located in Malibu, California, is committed to serving students by preparing them for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a rapidly changing legal environment. Pepperdine University School of Law provides highly qualified students with a superior legal education through a combination of rigorous academic programs, meaningful interaction with faculty, and extensive clinical and experiential opportunities. The school prepares students for positions as counselors, advocates, and judges; as business persons; and as researchers, teachers, and philosophers of the law. For more information, please visit law.pepperdine.edu.

About Southwestern Law School
With a unique history of producing trailblazers in the judiciary and civic leadership since 1911, Southwestern is the second oldest ABA law school in Los Angeles. Full-time and part-time 2-, 3- and 4-year JD programs accommodate the needs of a richly diverse law student population and feature leading curricular innovation as well as one of the largest externship programs in California. The centrally located campus includes the world-renowned art deco Bullocks Wilshire landmark and helps foster close ties with the public interest, government, entertainment industry and corporate sectors. For more information, visit www.swlaw.edu.

Contacts:

Kathy Wyer, UCLA School of Law, (310) 206-1766, wyer@law.ucla.edu
Tom Inkel, Pepperdine University School of Law, (310) 506-7027, thomas.inkel@pepperdine.edu
Leslie R. Steinberg, Southwestern School of Law, (213) 738-6731, lsteinberg@swlaw.edu