Barbara Schultz oversees oversees the legal department, litigation and advocacy for LAFLA. Barbara joined LAFLA in 1996 as an AmeriCorps attorney. Since then she has worked in the eviction, community economic development and housing arenas. Prior to becoming Director she oversaw LAFLA’s affirmative housing work and impact litigation team. As a proponent of the community lawyering model, Barbara works closely with community-based organizations.
For the last decade her work focused on issues affecting Skid Row residents, bringing over half a dozen lawsuits and several policy initiatives. The 2006 settlement in Wiggins v. Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency, still in effect, ensures the preservation of low-income housing in downtown Los Angeles via a no net loss policy and local hiring provisions.
She was named one of the Daily Journal‘s top 75 California women litigators (2007), received the Friends of Lamp Community Award (2009), …And Justice for All Award from Los Angeles Community Action Network (2010) and the Honorable Robert W. Kenny Award from the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild (2013).