John B. Major, a litigator in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson, has joined NLSLA’s Board of Directors.
“I wanted to serve on a board that was more than just a funding commitment – I wanted an organization that I could grow with as I move forward in my career.”
Major also said he was drawn to NLSLA because of its focus on providing direct legal services.
“A lot of legal services organizations focus only on impact litigation,” he said. “That’s important work, but I think it’s equally important to provide individual representation. That type of work is how you see a lot of the issues that are emerging, and it’s invaluable to the people you are representing.”
At MTO, Major has focused his practice on complex civil ligation, with an emphasis on litigation involving Internet and technology companies. But his pro bono work has focused on homelessness, and he has played a key role in multiple lawsuits challenging cities that wrongfully confiscate homeless people’s property.
Major said he was also impressed with NLSLA’s self-help services.
“One of the first things that struck me when I was learning about NLSLA is their dedication to self-help services,” he said. “If you suddenly find yourself in court, NLSLA provides a branch for you to reach out for and grab onto.”
Prior to joining the firm, Major clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski and Judge Paul J. Watford, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He graduated first in his class from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.