Our Mission

Our Vision & Values

-Support the court system.

-Honor law enforcement and firefighters.

-Promote community access to justice.

-Foster education in law-related careers.

-Encourage responsible leadership.

Our Mission

Our Mission

The mission of the Valley Community Legal Foundation is to:

-Support law-related programs that assist children, families, domestic violence victims and those in need.

-Enhance community access to the courts.

-Provide educational opportunities and scholarships to students who demonstrate a commitment to law-related studies.

-Recognize and honor the achievements of law enforcement and firefighters.

Hon. Richard G. Kolostian

Hon. Richard G. Kolostian

“Judge Richard G. Kolostian, Sr. was born on December 2, 1931, the youngest of 2 sons born to Kalost Der, a vegetable peddler who survived the Armenian Genocide, and Rose, a homemaker. He grew up in Boyle Heights, graduating from Fremont High School in 1949. His father died while he was in college, forcing him to work to support himself and his family while attending Loyola University Los Angeles (now Loyola Marymount). While at Loyola, he was in Air Force ROTC. After graduating Loyola in the mid-1950’s, he served in the Air Force on active duty. Once honorably discharged, he worked his way full-time in the Personnel Department of General Telephone (now Verizon), while attending Loyola Law School at night part-time. He graduated from Loyola Law School in 1964.

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President’s Greeting

Attorney Laurence Kaldor, President of the Valley Community Legal Foundation.

The Valley Community Legal Foundation (VCLF) is the charitable arm of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association.  The foundation was created and exists to assist and help support law related projects, needy children, victims of domestic violence and veterans in the San Fernando Valley.  We also provide support to students who are considering law or law enforcement as a career.  The VCLF is a registered 501c(3) organization and has a tax identification number of 95-3397334.

Over the years VCLF has funded many worthy projects and organizations in the Valley including CASA, which provides court appointed advocates to assist children in the dependency court system, Haven Hills, a nationally recognized organization providing shelter, support and assistance to victims of domestic violence, “Blanket the Homeless,” a yearly effort to provide blankets to homeless individuals and families, and the “Teddy Bear Program,” which provides stuffed animals to comfort children during court proceedings.  In addition, the Foundation has provided numerous scholarships to deserving students who are pursuing careers in law enforcement or the legal field.  VCLF also sponsors student attendance at the play Defamation, enabling students to explore issues of race, religion, class and the law.

For those of you who go to court, you will notice that there are children’s waiting rooms in the Van Nuys and San Fernando courthouses.  The VCLF was instrumental in the creation of these safe spaces for children whose parents are involved in criminal, family law or domestic violence proceedings in these courts.  In the past, children often had to wait in the hallway while proceedings dragged on, or might have to wait with their parents in the courtroom, a stressful environment for any child.  Thanks to the children’s waiting rooms, children can now be left in a supervised room equipped with games and projects to occupy them while their parents are engaged in legal proceedings – a great assistance to families going through difficult circumstances.