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The Public Law Center is a pro-bono law firm that provides access to justice for low-income residents of Orange County

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Who We Are

Founded in 1981, The Public Law Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing free legal services to low income residents and other nonprofits in Orange County. Last year, Public Law Center staff and volunteers provided over 65,000 hours of free legal services in handling over 4,500 cases benefiting low-income children, adults and seniors. The estimated value of this work is roughly $60 million in just the past three years. Our services include counseling, individual representation, community education and strategic policy advocacy and impact litigation to challenge societal injustices.

Our Volunteers

Volunteers can change somebody’s life. Last year, volunteers gave over 34,000 pro bono hours to assist our clients. Our volunteers include partners and associates at major law firms, in-house corporate counsel, solo and small firm practitioners, young lawyers, paralegals, law students, college students and an array of individuals concerned about ensuring access to justice. Our staff is committed to providing training, mentorship, samples, technical assistance, and Spanish and Vietnamese translation and interpretation to support our pro bono volunteers.

Who We Serve

We serve a wide range of clients, including immigrants, minorities, veterans, seniors, children, and low-income residents of Orange County. The issues range from domestic violence, human trafficking, guardianship, housing, health, bankruptcy, asylum, family law, consumer fraud, immigration, discrimination, and advocacy. Our services range from training seminars to individual legal advice to full representation. We also provide extensive legal support to Orange County nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations so they can better meet their legal obligations, protect themselves from unnecessary litigation, and focus on delivering critical services to Orange County residents.

Upcoming Events

Free Legal Workshop for Child Care Providers

(10/25/18) Come to our workshop to learn about legal issues, such as: Starting up, incorporating, and becoming an employer; Practical considerations to starting your child care business; Responsibilities of a child care provider; Your right to open a child care business in a rented home.

Starting a Nonprofit: Is it Right for You?

(10/29/18) Thinking about starting a new nonprofit organization? This class will go through all the steps - from forming a California public benefit corporation to obtaining 501(c)(3) status.

Press

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July 26, 2018, Voice of OC

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July 18, 2018, The Orange County Register

Costa Mesa agrees to settle affordable-housing lawsuit over Motor Inn redevelopment
July 17, 2018, Los Angeles Times

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June 1, 2018, Rewire.News

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#MyGivingStory Has a Christmas Miracle

Days before Christmas in 2017, pro bono attorneys Abby Lloyd and Kris Wood (Orrick) walked into a courtroom with their client Israel Luis Hernandez Cruz after over five years of working to save Israel's 6162011824

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The Public Law Center relies on your tax-deductible donation to continue to carry out our mission of providing access to justice for low-income residents of Orange County.

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A Model of Leadership

Public Law Center is a model organization – view our service record and 3 star rating on Charity Navigator.

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Public Law Center is a GuideStar Exchange Silver Participant. (360) 855-7602.