Inner City Law Fellows

ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project is one of the few projects in the nation that offers free legal services to homeless veterans, and is the only project in the country that explicitly focuses on homeless women veterans. Since 2017, the WLALA Foundation has sponsored WLALA/ICLC Fellows to work with ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project on issues affecting women veterans, including those who have been victims of military sexual trauma.  WLALA/ICLC Fellows work alongside ICLC attorneys to ensure veteran clients receive disability and other benefits they are entitled to due to their service.


The WLALA Foundation/ICLC Fellow will spend 10 weeks working full-time at ICLC during the summer of 2024. The fellow will work with ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project and spend their summer focusing on issues affecting women veterans, including clients who have been victims of military sexual trauma. The fellow will receive a stipend up to $7,000 from the WLALA Foundation.

The fellow will:

  • Assist with intake,
  • Research issues affecting the ability of women veterans to receive discharge upgrades and benefits,
  • Review and analyze client files,
  • Help draft applications in support of discharge upgrades and benefits, and
  • Work with Homeless Veterans Project staff on matters more broadly applicable to their clients.
Inner City Law Center Fellows

Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship

Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship Projects

The deadline to apply for the Fran Kandel Fellowship is April 12, 2024. The Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA) Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship enables law students to work with an organization or individually to develop and implement a project in the field of public interest law in the spirit of Fran Kandel. The WLALA Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to increase the utility of the law as an instrument of social justice. Since 1985, the WLALA Foundation has awarded over 30 law student grants totaling over $137,000.

The WLALA Kandel Fellowship is designed to fund social justice-oriented projects with a tangible outcome. Strong preference is given to applicants who have the support of a sponsoring organization and who have arranged for an organization or suitable individual to supervise their project. Each Kandel Fellow may receive up to $6,000. This amount is intended to cover project expenses and provide a stipend.

The purpose of the WLALA Kandel Fellowship is to:

  • Provide help to the disadvantaged by funding original projects that will directly benefit the under-represented in the greater Los Angeles area;
  • Educate and expose law students to legal concerns affecting the disadvantaged; and,
  • Encourage the legal community’s involvement in public interest law by funding students who show the capability of and commitment to assisting those in need.

Examples of Past Projects
Recent past recipients have created brochures, sample letters for clients, toolkits, and training manuals in areas such as immigration rights, access to healthcare, lactation accommodations, and domestic violence prevention. Past Fellows have externed with the ACLU, National Health Law Program, the LA Center for Law and Justice, Central American Resource Center and Legal Aid Foundation, among many others. You can view past projects below.

Fran Kandel Public Interest Fellowship Fellows

HarrietT Buhai Fellowship

WLALA/Harriett Buhai Family Law Student Fellow

The WLALA Foundation/Harriett Buhai law student fellow will spend about 10 weeks working full-time at Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law during the summer of 2024. The Fellow will help victims of domestic violence, improve the well-being of low income children, and empower low-income women and men.

The fellow will gain:

  •  immediate hands-on experience with clients,
  • ability to work “side-by-side” and remotely with experienced lawyers,
  • responsibility to prepare pleadings, legal memos and safety plans for DV victims,
  • guidance and mentoring with practical knowledge of family law, domestic violence aid,
    children’s and women’s issues, and poverty law.

The fellowship is worth up to $7,000 from the WLALA Foundation.

HarrietT Buhai Fellows

Fellowship News

WLALA Foundation Charitable Fund

WLALA Foundation Charitable Fund   The Foundation’s annual giving campaign – the WLALA Foundation Charitable Fund – runs every year from mid-September to the end of January. The Charitable Fund increases WLALA’s

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