Leslie Ivie is an attorney at Restoration Law Center. Restoration Law Center is a private law practice that guides individuals and nonprofits over obstacles by providing mobile criminal defense, nonprofit formation legal services, and training resources. Ms. Ivie works with REDF’s LA:Rise program, and LA Conservation Corps to provide legal services to people who may be at risk of homelessness, on the verge of employment, and/or newly returning home from a period of incarceration.
Ms. Ivie has served the community since 1999 helping nonprofit organizations such as the Liberty Hill Foundation, National Immigration Law Center, Japanese American National Museum, and Inner-City Arts achieve their missions.
She has also served as a trial attorney with the Law Offices of Los Angeles County Public Defender; a volunteer with the ACLU of Southern California Reentry Initiative (ABC^2) and the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, South Los Angeles Community Economic Development Unit; and as a USC Board Fellow with the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. Ms. Ivie graduated from the Harvard-Westlake School, received her A.B. from Smith College, was a Riordan MBA Fellow at UCLA Anderson School of Management, and earned her J.D. from Chapman University Fowler School of Law.
She learned the values of dignity, justice, and freedom from her mother who was a civil rights lawyer; her father who also grew up in Los Angeles, earned a doctorate in education to improve educational opportunities for low-income communities; and from the legacy of her grandfather Dr. Charles R. Drew a surgeon and medical researcher who improved blood preservation processes and fought against racial discrimination.