Paul L. Freese, Jr.

Director of Litigation & Advocacy, Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles

As Director of Litigation and Advocacy, Neighborhood Legal Services Los Angeles, the public interest law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations and the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the United States, Mr. Freese supervises more than 30 attorneys and their staff. He previously served as Directing Attorney of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project and currently serves as Interim CEO of Public Counsel. Prior to joining Public Counsel, Mr. Freese was a litigation associate with the law firm of Perkins Coie. Mr. Freese serves on many committees, task forces and working groups focused upon the needs of the poor and marginalized. These include the ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty, the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Association of California, the L.A. County Transition Age Youth subcommittee for the Mental Health Services Act, the Leadership Committee of the Emancipation Planning Partnership for L.A. County, the Juvenile Court Task Force of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), Imagine L.A. and the Executive Committee of the LACBA Individual Rights Section. Mr. Freese was awarded the Antonia Hernandez Public Interest Award from UCLA School of Law and was commended by the County Commission for Children & Family Services for his contributions to efforts to assist the health and welfare of L.A.'s disadvantaged youth. He was also recognized with the Community Corazones Unidos Award for outstanding community service and received a commendation from the Commission for Public Social Services for policy work benefiting homeless individuals.