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Michelle Kezirian

Michelle Kezirian

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Monday, May 22, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA

Michelle Kezirian is Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles's (NLSLA) Director of Litigation and Policy Advocacy, and leader of the program’s Health Consumer Center (HCC). In addition to overseeing HCC’s numerous programs and projects, Kezirian directs NLSLA’s policy advocacy initiatives, cultivates strategic litigation, and provides training/mentoring for NLSLA lawyers.

Kezirian has more than 19 years of public interest law experience. She previously served as directing attorney at Bet Tzedek Legal Services, where she was responsible for health advocacy, including creating and managing Bet Tzedek’s Medical Legal Partnership Program. She also teaches a course on “The Intersection of Law, Health, and Public Policy” at the UCLA School of Law.

Kezirian has a wide range of experience and expertise, having litigated numerous complex, multi-plaintiff cases. She recently led a cadre of legal services and pro bono lawyers in an innovative slum-housing class action on behalf of poor immigrant tenants in the Central Valley.


The Sun (UK)
June 27, 2017
Re: Heidi Rummel

Heidi Rummel was quoted about the likelihood of getting a conviction in a homicide case without the victim's body. "In most homicide prosecutions, the fact the person died is not the issue," Rummel said. “In the vast majority of murder cases, proving someone was a homicide victim is relatively easy with an autopsy, but without a body, prosecutors will need to prove the case with only circumstantial evidence.”


Emily Ryo
April, 2017

“The Promise of a Subject-Centered Approach to Understanding Immigration Noncompliance.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 5 (2017): 285.

Abby K. Wood
April, 2017

“Measuring the Information Benefit of Campaign Finance Disclosure,” Southern California Law and Social Science (SoCLASS) Forum, Claremont-McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

Emily Ryo
April, 2017

2017 recipient of the Andrew Carnegie fellowship, Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program.