Rick Little

Rick D. Little is responsible for management of off-site law clinics, staff and developing legislation and services geared towards increasing the quality of life for veterans and their families. Presently, he is an active board member of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates (NOVA) and is Co-Chair of the NOVA's Committee on Homeless Veterans, as well co-founder/co-chair of the CVA/NOVA Pro Bono Advocates Program, which he presently manages.

Prior to accepting the position at Public Counsel, from January 2000 to March 2009, Mr. Little developed and managed the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles' Bill Smith Homeless Veterans Project, ("BSHVP").  He was also responsible for the development and management of the DPSS Vet-Pilot Program; BSHVP / State of California Veteran-Inmate Reintegration Program, BSHVP / Union Bank of California "Skid Row Banking Program" and a consortium of collaborative relationships focused on ending homelessness among veterans. 

Mr. Little has been invited to appear on NBC's Meet the Press; Fox News, Up-Front with Jesse Jackson, Channel 7 News and local cable television shows in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California.  He has been interviewed by the Downtown News, Daily Journal, Los Angeles Times, and Channel 7 news, Knight Ridder News, the Brennan School of Law, in New York, NPR and KPRC radio.  He has also been recognized for his work with homeless veterans by the State of California and Military.com.  He has published works in the Daily Journal, National Organization of Veterans Advocates, LAFLA Matters, National Legal Aid Defenders Association, and the nationally acclaimed poverty law journal, Clearinghouse Review.

Mr. Little holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California Polytechnic University, Pomona; and an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree (certified by the American Bar Association), from Cerritos College.  Mr. Little also holds a counseling certification in the innovative behavioral model of Health Realization and a counseling certification from Southern California Counseling Center.  Mr. Little is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims bar, and has over a decade practicing VA law as an accredited, VA Claims Agent.