|Los Angeles attorney Laurie D. Zelon, whose professional life has been
distinguished by a commitment to legal services for the poor, received a top national
honor for her contributions to the cause of equal justice.
The National Legal Aid & Defender
Association (NLADA) presented the biannual Charles Dorsey Award to Zelon last month.
A partner with Morrison and Foerster, Zelon was a co-founder of Californians for Legal
Aid, co-chaired the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Legal Aid and
Indigent Defendants for four years, and currently chairs the California Commission on
Access to Justice.
She also chaired the ABA's Standing Committee on Lawyers' Public Responsibility, where
she worked to increase pro bono contributions by major national law firms.
In her own practice, Zelon has represented poor clients under the auspices of Los
Angeles-area legal services programs.