Leslie Starr Heimov Guest
Leslie Starr Heimov

Executive director of the Children’s Law Center of L.A., the court-appointed law firm for foster kids

Ms. Heimov, a Certified Child Welfare Law Specialist, has been with Children's Law Center of California since 1992. She served as a staff attorney and later moved to a supervising attorney position, providing oversight and training to 30-plus case carrying attorneys while continuing to handle complex and high profile cases as needed. Immediately prior to assuming her present duties, Ms. Heimov, as Policy Director, was responsible for handling CLC's legislative and policy agenda, including drafting legislation and working closely with elected officials, their staff, and other advocates to support important legislative reforms. In addition to serving as CLC Policy Director, she was Project Director of the Home At Last Initiative funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Ms. Heimov chaired a countywide Task Force on Pregnant and Parenting Teens and is a founding member of the Task Force to End Homophobia in Foster Care. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Counsel for Children and on the National Advisory Board of the Children's Law Office Project. Ms. Heimov is a trials skills instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and regularly presents to the bench, attorneys, social workers, caregivers and law students on a multitude of topics related to the representation of abused and neglected children.

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