Rural Justice Updates

In Memory of Jim Lorenz, CRLA Founder

CRLA’s founder and first Executive Director Jim Lorenz recently passed away. Lorenz founded CRLA to be the first statewide law firm for farmworkers and the rural poor. We send our thoughts and prayers to his family and loved ones.

Read about Jim in a
Time Magazine Article from 1967 >>

Oxnard Education Ambassadors Workshops!

CRLA provides dynamic community work, which allows us to impact the community in and outside of the courtroom. With help from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, CRLA has expanded its education clinics and workshops. CRLA’s Education Ambassadors Workshops aim to provide parents and students the latest information on education laws in a way that promotes leadership development in addressing education equity issues. 


On January 25, 2017, CRLA’s Rural Education Equity Program Community Worker Leoda Valenzuela led an education workshop in Oxnard. Thirty community members learned about how the law can be used to protect students from bullying and the impact bullying has on students enrolled in alternative education programs.

Environmental Justice!

CRLA filed a lawsuit against the Department of Pesticide Regulation for failing to heed scientific evidence before making new rules for pesticide use. "These regulations were passed without going through the rulemaking process," said CRLA’s Natalia Ospina. 

Learn more here >>

Ally Conference!

On January 6, 2017, CRLA leaders joined 1,200 attorneys and community leaders from all over the Bay Area at the Bar Association of San Francisco’s “How To Be A Good Ally: A Strategic Engagement Conference.” The conference addressed the challenges facing vulnerable communities in 2017. Dolores Garay, CRLA’s Associate Director of External Relations, was the Mistress of Ceremonies. Lisa Cisneros, LGBT Program Director, discussed the challenges facing rural communities. A special thank you to Kelly Dermody who jumpstarted this conference.

Read Lisa's remarks here >>

Click here to see images from the conference! >>

LGBT Program Is Creating Change

Lisa Cisneros and Gloria Garcia, CRLA LGBT Community Worker, traveled with local partners to present two workshops about LGBT advocacy in rural communities at the 2017 Creating Change conference in Philadelphia. The conference, presented by the National LGBTQ Task Force, brings together activists and allies throughout the country.