Venice resident Erica Linnick has been appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to the West Los Angeles Area Planning Commission.

She was among four of the mayor’s appointments August 18th to city commissions. Albert Adams was named to the Board of Neighborhood Commissioners, Richard Roupoli was chosen for the county Emergency Preparedness Commission and Esther Martinez was appointed to the Commission on Disability.

Linnick has more than 15 years of experience in the legal field, as well as several years of work in the political and legislative fields.

Formerly an associate in a San Francisco business litigation firm, Linnick most recently served as the western regional counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

During her time as counsel, she worked in civil rights litigation, public education and legislative advocacy in areas including voting rights, transportation, employment and education equity and police/sheriff reform.

Since graduating from college, Linnick has engaged in a variety of community service and advocacy activities. She was elected student advocate of the Associated Students of the University of California, and attended UC Berkeley.

Linnick received her law degree from UC Hastings, where she was a member of the National Black Law Students Association, was a Public Interest Law scholar and a class representative.

During her professional career, she has served as a lecturer, panelist and presenter, and was named a 2006 Super Lawyers’ Southern California Rising Star.