Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office Selected for Legal Rights Fellowship

May 21, 2019

Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office Selected for Legal Rights Fellowship

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office’s Autumn Rindels has been selected to be part of Public Rights Project’s inaugural cohort of Affirmative Leaders Fellows. The program is designed to help leading attorneys in state and local government expand local capacity to protect residents’ legal rights. Autumn joins 28 attorneys from across the country for the one-year program.

“The Public Rights Project has quickly become a national leader in helping local governments promote safe and just communities,” said City Attorney Lane Dilg. “The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office is proud that Autumn Rindels, a prosecutor and affirmative litigator in our office since 2014, will be partnering with PRP and attorneys across the nation to share Santa Monica’s long history of affirmative litigation to protect the rights of Santa Monica consumers and tenants and to chart a course toward innovative work to serve our community in the future.”

Fellows will receive a year of intensive training and professional development aimed at strengthening and applying skills in affirmative impact litigation, coalition-building, community engagement, and public leadership. They will hone tools and strategies to work on a range of civil rights, economic justice, and environmental protection issues that directly impact vulnerable populations in their communities and across the country. They will also receive mentoring and gain access to a national network of public impact litigators. This support will enable fellows to initiate, expand, or deepen the impact of their office’s equitable enforcement work.

“State and local public law offices are one of the great untapped resources in the struggle for justice and equality,” said Jill Habig, Founder and President of Public Rights Project. “As the federal government has retreated from enforcing our rights and individuals face increasing barriers to access to justice, we’ve heard from offices across the country that want to do more to protect their communities and are eager to develop the skills to do so. We’re thrilled to work with this inaugural cohort of Affirmative Leaders Fellows to more effectively enforce the rights of their residents.”

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