Lisa Jaskol is the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Appellate Law Program, which works in state and federal courts to increase access to justice for people who cannot afford legal representation.
After graduating from Yale Law School in 1988, Lisa clerked for the Hon. Harry Pregerson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She then worked as a litigation associate at Irell & Manella LLP from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, Lisa joined the appellate law firm Horvitz & Levy LLP, where she became a partner. On a leave of absence from Horvitz & Levy from 2001 to 2004, Lisa served as Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Homelessness Prevention Law Project.
Lisa rejoined Public Counsel in 2007 as the founding Director of its Appellate Law Program, overseeing and staffing a new appellate self-help clinic -- the first in the nation -- located at the California Court of Appeal in downtown Los Angeles, and working with pro bono counsel to provide representation on appeal to selected litigants. Based in part on Lisa's work, in 2009 the Judicial Council of California awarded a prestigious Kleps Award for innovation in the courts to the Second Appellate District for the appellate self-help clinic. Lisa also oversees Public Counsel's Federal Pro Se Clinic, which assists self-represented litigants in the U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles.
In 2014, the State Bar appointed Lisa to the California Commission on Access to Justice. In 2012, the Chief Justice of California appointed Lisa to the Judicial Council's Appellate Advisory Committee. In 2010, the Los Angeles County Bar Association presented the Pamela E. Dunn Appellate Justice Award to Lisa. Lisa is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and she is a State Bar certified appellate specialist. Lisa is the immediate past Chair of the Appellate Courts Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and the Co-Chair of the Amicus Briefs Committee of Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.