Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

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Attorney Paul L. Freese to Give Keynote Speech for Public Interest Law Week October 21, 2008
Attorney Paul L. Freese to Give Keynote Speech for Public Interest Law Week

Paul L. Freese, Director of Litigation and Advocacy for Public Counsel, will deliver the keynote speech for Southwestern's 18th Annual Public Interest Law Week on Wednesday, November 5 at 12:30 p.m. A leading advocate for some of the most vulnerable members of society, Mr. Freese has dedicated his career to public interest and will share his experiences in the field with the Southwestern community in a speech titled "Law and the Public Interest in an Era of Change - 'What will you do with your one wild and precious life?'"

In March 1994, Mr. Freese joined Public Counsel, the public interest law office of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills bar associations, and the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the United States. He acted as Directing Attorney of the Homelessness Prevention Law Project for more than six years before being promoted in 2001 to his current position where he supervises more than 30 attorneys and their staff. From 1988 to 1994, he worked as a litigation associate with the law firm of Perkins Coie.

Active in multiple facets of public interest law, Mr. Freese serves on the Board of Directors for the Children's Law Center of Los Angeles, PATH Ventures, and Imagine L.A. He also contributes to a vast array of working groups and task forces that address the needs of the poor and marginalized, including the ABA Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, the Leadership Committee for L.A. County Youth Development Services and the L.A. Superior Court's Collaborative Courts Steering Committee. He is also the delegate for the City of Los Angeles to the Mental Health Services Act Stakeholders Process. He has spoken and published extensively on topics relating to homelessness, poverty and holistic advocacy. Mr. Freese received his J.D. degree from UCLA School of Law and has been a member of the California State Bar since 1988.

The keynote speech will take place in the Bullocks Wilshire Building on Southwestern's campus. Parking is available for $6 and directions can be found online.