WHO WE ARE
More than half of California’s children will be impacted by the decisions of a family law court during their childhood. And 80% of their parents will stand in the courtroom alone, without benefit of legal help. They will struggle to understand what is expected of them. They will often labor to give the court the critical information it needs to make life-altering decisions about the safety and well-being of children, fair apportionment of support, and protection from abuse. Levitt & Quinn serves as a critical safety net for these families. We educate them about their legal rights and responsibilities, we prepare the paperwork necessary to get the right information to the judge, and we advocate for them in court to secure enforceable orders that help families achieve stability and self-sufficiency.
Thirty-six years ago, massive federal budget cuts decimated traditional legal services programs throughout the nation, resulting in drastic program cuts that jettisoned hundreds of clients with nowhere else to turn. In 1981, 400-plus Los Angeles family law clients averted a similar fate when our founders stepped in to take them on. Those women, then grandmothers, had the vision and courage to turn a dire situation into an opportunity for refuge and hope for those who would otherwise have fallen through the cracks.
Levitt & Quinn has grown into a million dollar nonprofit organization run by professional staff with expertise in many areas of family and adoption law. We exist with the support of our donors to provide justice through affordable high-quality legal representation to low-income Los Angeles County families.
WHAT WE DO
Our team of dedicated lawyers, legal assistants, and trained volunteers impact thousands of lives in Los Angeles County each year. Through a unique blend of both free and sliding scale legal services, we help stabilize our client households by securing orders for custody and support, returning abducted children to their custodial parent, and facilitating adoption of children in need of a loving and safe home. Our projects address unmet needs of our community’s most vulnerable members:
Kids Fund offers very low income parents free representation in family law cases that impact the safety and well-being of minor children including custody, child support, and domestic violence.
Shriver Project, originating as a groundbreaking project created by California’s Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act, provides free legal services to low-income families in high stakes, high conflict custody cases in which one side is represented by an attorney.
Veterans Project gives veterans representation in cases with unsettled family law issues such as accrual of debt owed to the government and helps to remove barriers to employment and housing.
Adoption Project is the only one of its kind in Los Angeles County that helps families seeking to protect a child whose biological parent is unwilling or unable to care for the child by providing them with a permanent, loving home through private (non-dependency) adoption.
In 2016, Levitt & Quinn’s expert legal staff:
- Provided critical legal services to more than 1,700 families and impacted the lives of over 2,600 children
- Helped over 200 families navigate the adoption process to give children a stable and loving home
- Gave our clients over 2 million dollars worth of legal services at little to no cost to them
This 1948 historic and cultural landmark building was commissioned by former State Attorney General Robert Walker Kenny and was designed by noted modern architect Gregory Ain. During the McCarthy era, Kenny and his associates mapped out strategies to defend the Hollywood Ten and responded to House Un-American Activity Committee subpoenas from this building at its original location at 250 N. Hope Street. In 1956, the building was moved to our current location as a result of Los Angeles County’s redevelopment of Bunker Hill for the Music Center. Levitt & Quinn is proud to be the latest force for change doing its work within these historic walls. Thanks to a generous donation by a long time benefactor, Levitt & Quinn owns it current home outright and in 2000 dedicated the building to honor the work of co-founder Ziva Sirkis Naumann.