Gary Blasi, professor in the UCLA School of Law, was honored Dec. 3 with the Access to Justice Lifetime Achievement Award by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). He was chosen for his significant work in increasing access to the legal system and his longterm commitment to extending legal services to the underrepresented.
LAFLA provides civil legal services to low-income people in Los Angeles County. For eighty years, the foundation has been the first place thousands of low-income individuals turn to when they need legal assistance for a crisis that threatens their shelter, health or livelihood. They provide legal services for nearly 12,000 individuals annually and assist an additional 20,000 litigants through referrals, workshops and community outreach activities.
Blasi joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1991 and is one of the founding faculty members of the law school’s David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy. He practices, teaches, conducts research and writes about advocacy on behalf of children in substandard schools, homeless families and individuals, low-income tenants, low-wage workers and victims of discrimination. In 2007, he was named one of the top 100 lawyers in California, cited as the "go-to lawyer for community groups in need of advice."