Cristina Legaspi,

RBG Scholarship

Cristina Legaspi is a Principal Deputy County Counsel for the Office of the County Counsel, County of Los Angeles. With over 24 years of experience in government, Ms. Legaspi represents various county departments and the Board of Supervisors.  Currently, Ms Legaspi represents the Department of Children and Family Services in Dependency proceedings.

Ms. Legaspi’s specialty is in child welfare, trying the most complex dependency matters involving child abuse and neglect. Ms. Legaspi has expertise in the federal Indian Child Welfare Act in both the ICWA dedicated court and as an imbedded legal advisor to the American Indian Unit. Ms. Legaspi participates in Indian child welfare conferences as a stakeholder in National Indian Child Welfare Associations. She has had a published case in re Santos Y., an ICWA case.

Ms. Legaspi served as legal advisor to the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury, which is charged to investigate the County’s practices and usage of resources. Ms. Legaspi also served as legal advisor to the Assessment Appeals Board practicing taxation law.

Ms. Legaspi is active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Philippine American Bar Association. Ms. Legaspi serves on LACBA’s Access to Justice and the President’s Advisory Committee on Women in the Law.  She is a member of the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyer’s Association.  Ms. Legaspi also serves as a mentor to undergraduate and law students, serving on the UCLA Pilipino Pipeline Project.  As a first generation immigrant, Ms. Legaspi is the first in her family to become an attorney.