In October, Whittier Law School alumna Melissa A. Tyner, Class of 2009, was given an award by California Young Lawyers Associate of the State Bar of California. She will be honored with the Jack Berman Award of Achievement for Distinguished Service to the Profession and the Public.
Melissa has devoted herself to issues affecting veterans and people with disabilities. She was nominated for her work on behalf of female homeless veterans as a Senior Staff Attorney for the Los Angeles-based Inner City Law Center. Melissa’s public service accomplishments as a young lawyer, and particularly her substantial and impressive achievements in 2012 in serving Veterans, make her an outstanding honoree.
Tyner Founds First Legal Clinic for Homeless Female Veterans
In August of 2009, Ms. Tyner founded the the first legal clinic in the nation to provide legal aid to homeless female veterans at Inner City Law Center. ICLC is a nonprofit law firm focused on combating slum housing, preventing homelessness, and aiding homeless Veterans. ICLC provides a wide variety of legal services focused mainly on housing and homelessness to low-income individuals and families. ICLC employs a staff of 40 including 20 attorneys and remain the only provider of legal services on Skid Row.
For more information,see the State Bar of California website