Leslie Gilbert-Lurie

Leslie Gilbert-Lurie is a writer, lawyer, teacher, and child advocate. She is the author of the highly acclaimed memoir, Bending Toward the Sun, published by Harper Collins in 2009, on which she speaks frequently at schools across the country. Currently, Leslie is a consultant at UCLA and is working on completing her first novel.

Gilbert-Lurie is a past President of the Los Angeles County Board of Education and also is a founding board member of the Alliance for Children’s Rights, a non-profit legal rights organization for indigent children. She also serves on the boards of the Skirball Cultural Center, Facing History and Ourselves, the California Committee South of Human Rights Watch, and the New Visions Foundation.

For her writing, speaking and community work, Gilbert-Lurie has been honored by the HeArt Foundation, The American Jewish Committee, Facing History and Ourselves, The Alliance for Children’s Rights, and the American Jewish Congress.

Previously, Leslie spent close to a decade as an executive at NBC, where, at various times, she oversaw NBC Productions, Comedy, wrote television episodes, and co-founded a new NBC in-house production company, Lurie-Horwits productions. As a lawyer, Leslie worked briefly at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg and Tunney and served as a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Law Clerk. She is a graduate of UCLA and UCLA School of Law.

Leslie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, son, daughter and step-son.

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