Since 1972

 

1475 Echo Park Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90026

 

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ATTORNEY ARTHUR L. GOLDBERG

 

Arthur L. Goldberg has been practicing law in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles since 1972. He grew up in Inglewood, California and attended U.C. Berkeley in the 1960’s where he was one of the founders of the Free Speech Movement. He was dismissed from Berekley in 1965 and then attended Howard Law School in Washington, D.C. for two years until he was again dismissed because of his political activities. Art graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1968 and opened a neighborhood law center in 1972 in Echo Park. The law center was meant to provide high quality, low fee representation, primarily in the areas of criminal and family law, to residents of the predominantly working class community. For over forty years, the law center has been fulfilling this mission.


Art has been involved in many of the high-profile civil rights cases in Los Angeles. In the late 1970’s, Art was one of the main counsels for the Integration Project which sought to force integration of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Art was also involved in suing the Lynwood Sheriff’s Department which resulted in a settlement of a class action police abuse case, one of the first of its kind. He and the other attorneys in the case donated part of their fees to establish a computer system for tracking police abuse complaints. Most recently, Art was part of a team that successfully brought civil suits against abusive priests within the Los Angeles Diocese of the Catholic Church. In winning the suit, Art secured multimillion dollar settlements for his clients, who were made partially whole, although no amount of money can make up for the horrible abuse they experienced as children.


As a member of the Indigent Criminal Defense Association, Art is regularly appointed by the court to represent criminal defendants. He represents private clients as well and has tried dozens of murder cases and hundreds of criminal cases in his many years of practice. Art represented one of the original defendants who implicated police officers and spawned the infamous Rampart scandal.


Art’s passion, though, is representing children. By virtue of his extensive experience in Family Law, having represented thousands of clients over the years, Art is now frequently appointed by the court as a Minor’s Counsel to represent children.


Art continues to live in the Echo Park area, within 15 miles of his four adult children and seven grandchildren. The law center continues with its political activities, encouraging the struggle for social justice by representing at no cost people arrested for civil disobedience.

 
 

ATTORNEY KURT E. BIER

 

Kurt has been with the Working People's Law Center since 2008. He is a graduate of Pomona College and received his J.D. from the People's College of Law, where he has taught courses in Family Law and Civil Procedure. Prior to joining the WPLC, Kurt worked as journalist, taught English in Japan, and organized for the Los Angeles Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union, Local 11. Kurt handles family law, criminal, and civil rights matters. He was the lead attorney fighting implementation of a gang injunction in Echo Park. He also specializes in Hague Convention child abduction cases. Kurt has two children, 6 and 10, who attend local public elementary school.

 
 

DALIA CARRILLO

 

Dalia wears many hats in the office - Paralegal, Office Manager, Tech Support - to name a few.  Soon, she will be able to add Esquire to her resume as she is currently in law school.  Dalia began working at the law center in 2007 as an administrative assistant.  As her skills have grown, so have her responsibilities and Dalia oversees most of the day to day operations of the practice.  Dalia is a native of Los Angeles, although she lived for three years in Guatemala where she has extended family.  She graduated from John Marshall High School and attended Los Angeles Community College before enrolling at National University, becoming a certified paralegal.  She is currently studying to become a lawyer at Peoples College of Law.