Our Mission

We protect victims of domestic violence and improve the well-being of children living in poverty. With the help of volunteers, the Center provides free family law assistance and legal education to the poor. We strive to empower people in need and assure them meaningful access to the courts.
A cosponsored family law/ domestic violence project of Black Women Lawyers of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Bar Association and Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles


Betty and Maria Shriver - web Maria Shriver Praises Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law

As part of her quest to learn more about women struggling to make ends meet, investigative journalist Maria Shriver (pictured with Executive Director Betty Nordwind) visited the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in early 2013. She spent the day in an intimate conversation with 4 of the Center’s clients and met with some of the Center’s staff and
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Success Stories

Father and SonHarriett Buhai Center for Family Law Volunteers and Donors Aid Some of LA’s Poorest Families

According to a year end 2013 report, volunteers for the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law get credit for helping some of the poorest families in Los Angeles. Living on a monthly average income of $965, a mother or father and child at the Center are subsisting on 30% less cash than the U.S. Poverty
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NVT 2013 Photo

The Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is pleased to announce the April 2014 New Volunteer Training! Join a remarkable team of over 300 volunteers that aid the Center’s mission to empower individuals and families living in poverty, improve access to the courts and stop domestic violence.

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