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Slaughter, Reagan & Cole, LLP's Pro Bono Work Preserves Public Access to Back Country

Slaughter, Reagan & Cole, LLP’s attorneys Bill Slaughter and Gabriele M. Lashly represented, on a pro bono basis, members of a community association called Keep Access to Matilija Falls Open (“KAMFO”) to preserve public to access Matilija Falls, one of the most beautiful places in Ventura County.

After protracted negotiations, litigation ensued. With the assistance of Ventura Superior Court Judge Fred Bysshe, a settlement was ultimately negotiated that was mutually acceptable to all of the parties. The landowners granted an easement for a hiking trail to the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. The trail is the only way to access the remote waterfalls and swimming holes that people have visited and enjoyed for more than a century. “We are proud to have the privilege to contribute to the preservation of this important and historic trail,” said partner Bill Slaughter.

Slaughter, Reagan & Cole, LLP regularly does pro bono work for the benefit of our community.