Charles Elsesser has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1972 and a member of the Florida Bar since 1992. He graduated from University of Southern California Law School in 1971. From 1972 to 1984, he worked as an attorney representing poor people, first in Delano, California for California Rural Legal Assistance and later in Los Angeles for Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. During that same period, from 1974 through 1976, he was a Clinical Instructor of Law at University of Southern California Law Center in Los Angeles. In 1986 he became the Director of Litigation at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, responsible for the oversight of the litigation of the more than 50 lawyers employed by the firm. In 1988 he was awarded the Award of Merit by the Legal Assistance Association of California, an annual recognition by the legal services community of California for excellence in advocacy. From 1989 to 1991, he served as a Senior Consultant to the California State Senate Rules Committee and housing consultant to the Senate President Pro Tempore, State Senator David Roberti. In 1991 he served as the Director of the Housing Department of the City of Santa Monica, California. In 1992 he relocated to Miami, Florida. Initially he was employed as an attorney at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. and, since 1997, he has worked at Florida Legal Services, Inc. where he has been involved in civil rights and housing litigation and advocacy. In 2001, he was awarded the Steven M. Goldstein Award For Excellence (2001) by the Florida Bar Foundation for a series of class actions assisting immigrants to obtain citizenship. In 2008 he was awarded the Kutak Dodds Award 2008 by the National Legal Aid and Defender Association for his long record of significant advocacy.