LSPC engages in impact litigation, as counsel or co-counsel, and occasionally as a plaintiff. Our litigation is usually at the request of, or in collaboration with, California legal services offices. We work to support movements and issues embraced in the communities we serve.
Since 2012, we have been co-counsel on a major federal class action lawsuit challenging prolonged solitary confinement in California prisons. This lawsuit is an outgrown of the historic prisoner hunger strikes of 2011 centered in Pelican Bay State Prison.
In the economic justice area, we have been co-counsel on cases to reform traffic court fines and fees and to restore drivers’ licenses to low income people. This effort is part of a national response to local court injustices that came to light in the aftermath of the Ferguson protests about the police killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
We have partnered with disability rights organizations by serving as an institutional plaintiff in cases to improve the conditions of people with disabilities who are housed in county jails.
As a general rule, LSPC does not represent individuals in court.