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Preparing the Case: Litigation on Behalf of Low Income Clients


Speaker(s): Lorraine A. López, Michael A. Palzes, Shayla R. Myers
Recorded on: Feb. 22, 2018
PLI Program #: 239494

Michael A. Palzes is a staff attorney at OneJustice, a non-profit legal aid support center in California. Michael’s work focuses on providing legal services to low-income survivors of domestic violence in shelter based clinical programs, as well as special projects in immigration law and immigration legal services consulting. Before joining OneJustice, Michael practiced law in Nevada primarily serving low-income HIV/AIDS patients and worked at the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection and Victims Services. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis School of Law and its Public Service Law and Pro Bono Service programs. He holds a bachelor’s of arts from UC Irvine and is a native of Orange County.


Shayla Myers is an attorney in the Housing and Communities workgroup at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. At LAFLA, she primarily focuses on issues related to housing and homelessness. Shayla litigates cases in state and federal court on behalf of low-income tenants, people who are homeless, and community organizations. In 2016, she was one of the lead attorneys in litigation against the City of Los Angeles, which resulted in an injunction preventing the seizure and destruction of homeless individuals’ belongings. In 2017, she successfully challenged a long-standing practice of the Los Angeles Police Department to refuse to produce court records, as required by the California Public Records Act. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Foundation, she was a Skadden Fellow at the Los Angeles LGBT Center and then an associate at a Plaintiff’s side Civil Rights Firm in Los Angeles. Shayla clerked for the Honorable Sandra Segal Ikuta on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA Law School, with concentrations in Public Interest Law and Policy and Critical Race Studies. Before attending law school, Shayla coordinated an advocacy program and hotline for sexual assault survivors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she grew up.


Lorraine López is currently a Supervising Attorney for the Coordinated Attorney Team at Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (“NLSLA”) (Glendale, CA). Lorraine is one of two Supervising Attorneys leading a team of 10+ attorneys who practice in a wide range of poverty law areas including housing, consumer, public benefits, immigration and family law. Prior to joining NLSLA, Lorraine was a Supervising Attorney at Inner City Law Center (“ICLC”) with their Homelessness Prevention Project. Lorraine began her legal career in 2005 as an Equal Justice Works fellow at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (now LAF) where she provided legal representation, community legal education, and outreach programs for participants in the Housing Choice Voucher Program. In 2007, she moved to Los Angeles to work for Eviction Defense Network (EDN) where she was introduced to the specific legal challenges of low-income renters in Los Angeles before taking a position at ICLC in 2009. Lorraine received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School in 2005 and her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001.