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Access to Justice Gala 2023

Our 25th annual Access to Justice Gala honored our community leaders who go above and beyond to provide justice and hope for those who are less fortunate. Thank you for joining us!

Photos from Access to Justice 2023

special performance

The Freedom Singers

We are thrilled to announce that America’s Got Talent semifinalists the Freedom Singers will join us for a special performance! The Freedom Singers represent the musical wing of the Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN). LA CAN is a leader in the unhoused rights movement, a vital community hub in Skid Row, and a cherished LAFLA partner.

Watch the Freedom Singers’ America’s Got Talent performance here!

UPDATE: Our silent auction is now closed!

Thank you for supporting LAFLA. We hope you enjoy your gifts!

Proceeds from the auction support LAFLA’s mission and enable our advocates to provide free, high-quality legal services to more community members. Participants bid on over 100 exciting gifts, including vacation packages, event tickets, wine, jewelry, and more.

ANNOUNCING the Equal Justice Social Hour!

Join us immediately following the dinner program for a dessert buffet and coffee bar in the foyer outside the ballroom.

Honoring Adam B. Schiff

Access to Justice Award

Congressman Adam Schiff represents California’s 30th Congressional District. In his 12th term in the House of Representatives, Schiff serves as a senior member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, which oversees the administration of justice within our nation’s federal courts, federal administrative agencies, and federal law enforcement. Schiff is on a leave of absence from the House Appropriations Committee, where he remains an ex officio member.

Honoring Dan Stormer

Partner, Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai
Maynard Toll Award for Distinguished Public Service

Dan Stormer is a founding partner of Hadsell Stormer Renick & Dai, one of the nation’s preeminent Civil Rights firms. For almost 50 years, Dan Stormer has dedicated his life to creating a better world. He has defended and expanded the rights of workers, held the United States government, states, cities, counties, police officers, prisons, international corporations, sexual harassers, slumlords, and other institutions accountable for their abuses of power, and played a pioneering role in shaping civil rights strategy through advocacy and litigation in California, nationally, and abroad.

Pro Bono Law Firm Award


Co-Anchor, ABC7 Eyewitness News
Event Emcee

David Ono is the co-anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News at 4pm and 6pm, the top rated newscasts in all of Los Angeles. 

David joined ABC7 in 1996 and during that time has witnessed history worldwide, covering Hurricane Katrina, Haiti’s earthquake and Japan’s tsunami. He traveled across Europe and Asia chronicling brave acts of the Nisei soldier from World War II. 

Ono has attended two Royal Weddings, Prince William’s in London in 2011 and Prince Harry’s in Windsor in 2018.  He’s tracked drug runners through Central America and reported live from Boston after the tragic marathon bombing.  He’s covered terrorism from Paris not only in 2015 as the historic city was cripple with fear, but also in 2002 after a plot was foiled to bring down the Eiffel Tower.

About the Venue


The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles is deeply committed to economic justice, and we stand with workers today and always. Therefore, in solidarity with hotel workers striking for a living wage, LAFLA’s 2023 Access to Justice Dinner will now be held at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.

Every day, LAFLA represents workers in issues of wages, hours, and more. Our clients are restaurant servers, dishwashers, car wash workers, domestic workers, and more—people who work to make others’ lives easier, yet are denied their rights or wages.

As a unionized workplace ourselves, we believe in putting our values into practice, and we know our work is never done in a vacuum. We hope you’ll join us to support equal justice on October 10 at the Taglyan Cultural Complex.



The Taglyan Cultural Complex is located at 1201 Vine St. Los Angeles, CA 90038. Enter off of Lexington Avenue.

Click here to get directions.


Thank You to Our 2023 Sponsors




— Guardian ADVOCATE —



Debra Fischer & Sherwin Frey


Jim Hornstein & Victoria Diamantidis
Marc Seltzer
Martin & Karen
Rita Tuzon &
Rick Stone

Look Back at Past Events

Adam was born in Framingham, Massachusetts to Edward and Sherrill Ann Schiff. His dad sold different lines of clothing across the country, which led the family to move first to Scottsdale, Arizona and then Alamo, California. Adam graduated from Danville’s Monte Vista High School in the Bay Area, and went on to both Stanford University and Harvard Law School.

After Adam graduated from Harvard, he moved to Los Angeles to serve as a law clerk for Judge William Matthew Byrne, Jr. Adam then joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles as a federal prosecutor, where he served for almost six years, most notably prosecuting, Richard Miller, the first FBI agent ever to be indicted for spying for Russia, prosecuting a Mexican drug cartel boss, and starting the first environmental crimes unit in the country.

Adam and his wife, Eve have two children, a daughter, Alexa, and a son, Elijah.

Dan’s approach to life and work is informed by his upbringing. Dan knows poverty. He grew up in the very rural Northeast in a house that was not insulated, had no running water, and no bathroom. He went to a one-room school taught by Virgil Teeple, a local farmer who did not have a college degree. He knows government cheese, dehydrated eggs, and patronizing attitudes. He also knows the violence, shame, and insecurity that flow from being poor. He also understands what a great role legal services has in fighting the impacts of poverty. 

Dan was drafted into the army immediately after graduating college in 1968. After witnessing the racism and classism rampant in the army, Dan decided that he wanted to become a legal aid attorney. After graduating from NYU School of Law in 1974, Dan worked for the next 10 years in various legal services and public defender programs, including the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

In 1984, Dan joined Barry Litt in forming Litt & Stormer, which focused on civil rights cases. In 1991, he and Barbara Hadsell formed Hadsell & Stormer. Interns, law clerks, associates, and partners who have come through Hadsell & Stormer’s doors now lead or have led nonprofits, such as LAFLA and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and are members of the judiciary.

Dan has been recognized internationally, nationally, and locally as one of the top attorneys in the United States. The California Lawyer has selected Mr. Stormer for the California Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award twice for his civil rights work. The National Law Journal described him as “one of the country’s top civil, constitutional, and international human rights lawyers.”

Dan has been married for the last 43 years to Dr. Jan Breidenbach, a force in her own right. When they met, she was a union organizer. She went on to found the Coalition for Women’s Economic Development, be the Executive Director of the Southern California Association for Non-Profit Housing, an activist leader on housing issues, and a college professor. Together they have participated in raising 9 children. As an interesting side note, in January of 2000 the L.A. Times published an article offering the opinions of 100 leaders in SoCal about our future in the new millennium. Both Dan and Jan were in it and only learned that when the article came out.

Ono has trained with the FBI, the elite Los Angeles Sheriff’s SWAT team, ICE and the Los Angeles Port Police. Three times President Obama has invited him to the White House. Twice for exclusive one on one interviews, and once to make a speech about inclusion in America. David has extensively covered the Pope. He witnessed white smoke at the Vatican twice – in 2005 for the selection of Pope Benedict the 16th and 2013 for the selection of Pope Francis. He also covered Francis’s historic visit to the United States in 2015 and his visit to Mexico in 2016.

David has produced multiple award-winning documentaries, two of which have made their way to the Smithsonian Institution.

David has won 10 Edward R. Murrow awards, 31 Emmys, 2 RTDNA National Unity Awards, 6 AAJA National Journalism Awards, and was honored with the Distinguished Journalist Award by the Society of Professional Journalists. He has also received both the journalist of the year as well as the lifetime achievement award by the LA Press Club.