Biography of Charlotte Laws

(compiled from the Official Websites for Charlotte Laws):

In March 2004, Charlotte Laws was elected to serve as a Greater Valley Glen Council member, representing Valley Glen as well as sections of North Hollywood and Valley Village (postal designation). She was then immediately elected by her fellow Councilmembers to act on the Executive Board. She was appointed to serve as the Chair of the Government Relations Committee and is a member of the Land Use & Planning Committee, in addition to assisting the Communications Committee with articles, media contacts, and neighborhood involvement projects. Her Political website is www.CharlotteLaws.org or www.ValleyGlen.us

Charlotte has had extensive experience in community outreach, working in both the private and nonprofit sectors. She has been a Realtor © since 1987 and is currently a top agent with Prudential. She is listed among the top 1% of Realtors © nationwide. She is the recipient of the Prudential President's Award for the past three years and received the Leading Edge Award in January 2005. She is a member of the National Association of Realtors ®, the California Association of Realtors ®, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors ®, and all local multiple listings services (SRAR, CLAW, and GAVAR).

Charlotte's official real estate websites are www.YourTopBroker.com and www.CharlotteLaws.com although her listings are advertised in a number of other locations on the Internet. For greater detail about her real estate-related achievements, please check the resumes listed at these URLs.

Charlotte's interaction with the community as a real estate agent has kept her in touch with local needs. Her community involvement is extensive, ranging from regular donations out of every closed escrow to the Aaroe Associates Charitable Foundation to personal contributions and volunteer work for numerous not-for-profit groups, especially those associated with the arts, animal rights/welfare, environmentalism, and education. Protecting nonhumans and the environment is her top priority. She is always involved with several animal-related nonprofit projects at one time.

She is the founder and president of the League for Earth & Animal Protection ( LEAP ) - www.LEAPnonprofit.org . LEAP came into existence in 1992. The members advocate and educate on behalf on domesticated nonhumans in areas including, but not limited to, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, pound seizure, factory farming, vivisection, dissection, euthanasia in animal shelters, and spay and neuter programs; and they advocate and educate on behalf of the environment and wildlife in areas including, but not limited to, species extinction, habitat encroachment, ecosystem imbalance, global warming, and resource conservation.

LEAP members subscribe to a compassionate way of living based on the principle of Ahimsa--nonviolence towards all living things--because this way of being brings greater overall satisfaction to all beings who have interests. LEAP informs via public speaking, special events, and information-based campaigns. Charlotte delivers speeches on behalf of LEAP throughout the country. She was also recently appointed to be Director of Animal Welfare for Greater Valley Glen and started the DAW program for the city of Los Angeles, which stems from the first part of her L.A. "no kill shelter" proposal. Additional information can be found at www.AnimalCommission.org

Charlotte is also on the Advisory Board for the Center on Animal Liberation Affairs ( CALA ). She was recently appointed to serve on the No Kill Council, chairing the Community Partnerships Committee.

Charlotte attained a Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2000 and holds two Master's Degrees: in Professional Writing (USC) and in Social Ethics (USC). She also has two Bachelor Degrees: in Philosophy from California State University, Northridge (CSUN) and in Theatre Arts (CSUN). Charlotte completed doctoral level coursework in Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and post-doctoral study at Oxford University, England.

Charlotte has also completed continuing education classes in community development, conflict resolution, computers, real estate, statistics, screenwriting, speech, religious studies, et al. from various universities and community colleges, such as the University of Florida, the University of Nevada (Las Vegas), Santa Monica College, and Valley College. She is a graduate of the well-renowned Estelle Harmon Actor's Studio in Los Angeles, Joe Bernard Acting in Las Vegas, and the Academy Theatre in Atlanta.

Charlotte is the author of a motivational self-help book (Ross Books, Berkeley, 1988) and was a contributor to the popular book, Uncle John's Bathroom Reader (St. Martin's Press, New York, 1988). Charlotte's most recently completed publication is called Armed for Ideological Warfare. It discusses the animal rights movement within the context of seventeenth century philosopher Baruch Spinoza's thought.

Charlotte has authored a section of the 2005 book, Igniting a Revolution, Voices In Defense of Mother Earth, (edited by Dr. Steven Best and Anthony J. Nocella, II). She is finishing an autobiography as well as a chapter in a book on animal rights.

Charlotte is the author of numerous articles published in Newsweek, The L.A. Times, Special Report, The Simon, The Oakland Tribune, The Daily News, E The Environmental Magazine, The Tolucan Times, Opinion Editorials, Buzzle Magazine, Human Beams, Publisher's Weekly, The Globe, et al and was a columnist for a British magazine from 1999-2001.

She is currently a nationally syndicated columnist. Her articles and columns explore a variety of topics from philosophy to politics, law, education, real estate, and social issues. In addition, she wrote the screenplay Jonesing and her poetry has been published in regional publications throughout the years, beginning when she was a teenager. Her first magazine article was published when she was 21.She has been interviewed on the following television shows: Larry King Live, The Late Show, Good Day L.A., NBC News, Fox News, CBS News, ABC News, The Journal, Inside Edition, Oprah Winfrey, AM Los Angeles, in addition to numerous local radio / TV programs. People magazine interviewed her for one of their issues. She has been interviewed by magazines and newspapers throughout the world.

Charlotte's Web Blogs can be found at http://charlottelaws.typepad.com and http://charlottelaws.blogspot.com Visitors to the site can post comments.

Charlotte is listed in Who's Who in California and Notable American Women and was made an honorary member of the British-American Bar Association, although she holds no law degree. She has been honored with a number of academic awards as several related to her career in entertainment. She was the winner of a local "Best Actress Award " in 1998 and was recognized by the Hollywood Appreciation Society for her achievements. She appeared in several movies as an actress; was in a professional dance company (performing in television commercials); was a back-up singer, a model and magazine cover girl.

Throughout her career, she has developed an amazing record of accomplishments.

(All information taken from Websites and interviews)