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June 30, 2016

Gov. Brown Appoints Lisa Jaskol to Los Angeles Superior Court

12-year veteran of Public Counsel created the nation’s first appellate self-help clinic


LOS ANGELES, CA - Gov. Edmund Brown, Jr. has announced the appointment of Lisa Jaskol to the Los Angeles Superior Court.

            Since 2007, Jaskol has served as the founding 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. In that role, she created and staffed a new appellate self-help clinic - the first in the nation - located at the California Court of Appeal in downtown Los Angeles, and worked with pro bono counsel to provide representation on appeal to selected litigants.

            "Lisa is an extraordinarily talented lawyer who is committed to equal access to justice for all," said Margaret Morrow, President and CEO of Public Counsel. "She clearly has the intellect and temperament to be an extraordinary judge. We will miss her at Public Counsel, but we are thrilled to have a new leader of her caliber on the bench." 

            "It has been a great honor to work at Public Counsel," said Jaskol. "This team of exceptional individuals demonstrates every day how dedicated lawyers can change people's futures for the better."

            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, and she handles appeals and amicus briefing in state and federal appellate courts. 

            After graduating from Yale Law School in 1988, which followed a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College, 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. 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 the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel's Homelessness Prevention Law Project.  

            Lisa serves on the California Commission on Access to Justice and she previously served on the Judicial Council's Appellate Advisory Committee.  In 2015, Lisa received the Distinguished Service Award from Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles (WLALA).  In 2010, the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) 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.  She is the co-chair of WLALA's Amicus Briefs Committee and a past chair of LACBA's Appellate Courts Section.  

             Jaskol fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Owen Lee Kwong. She resides in Los Angeles.