Our Board

Carol Sobel

Carol Sobel is a long-time civil rights lawyer in Los Angeles. Prior to opening her solo practice, she worked for 20 years for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Her recent work includes successful litigation resulting in several injunctions to block police actions against homeless individuals on Skid Row and in the Venice area of Los Angeles.. She also serves on the board of directors for the National Police Accountability Project.

John Raphling

John Raphling is a long-time criminal defense and movement lawyer in Los Angeles who piloted the creation of two homeless citation defense clinics in Venice and on Skid Row in 2014. He has been honored by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Lawyers Guild for his work representing homeless people and protesters in Los Angeles, and has been instrumental in publicizing and redressing the issue of targeted harassment of homeless people by the Los Angeles Police Department. He recently transitioned from lawyer to policy advocate in his new position with Human Rights Watch, where he investigates and documents human rights abuses within the U.S. criminal justice system and advocates for reform.

Maria Alvarez

Maria Alvarez is an original member of LACCLA. She was born and raised in Guanajuato, Mexico and has lived in East Los Angeles for over 20 years. She has participated in activism to maintain affordable housing as a former resident of the Pico Aliso housing project and as a member of Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights.

Brent Boos

Brent is a co-founder of LACCLA. He is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School and a 2007 graduate, summa cum laude, of California State University, Fullerton. At Harvard, Brent was a student advocate and hearing supervisor with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP), where he represented prison inmates at disciplinary and parole hearings, including inmates who were convicted as juveniles. Prior to co-founding LACCLA, Brent was an associate attorney at Pingitore & Fitzpatrick, LLC in Boston.

Noah Grynberg

Noah is a co-founder of LACCLA. He is a 2012 graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was a canvassing coordinator and board member of Project No One Leaves and a student advocate with Harvard’s Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP). He also served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Prior to co-founding LACCLA, Noah was a law clerk on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.