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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

5th Annual Halloween Bash

On Friday, October 27, 2017, PLC Advocates & OC Lavendar Bar Association invite you to our 5th Annual Halloween Bash at the Randy Higbee Gallery, to benefit the Public Law Center. Additional details to follow.

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Providing Access to Justice for Orange County’s Low Income Residents

(9/18) Learn About DACA renewals, work permits, advance parole and more.

Pro Bono Opportunity: Naturalization Fair

(9/23) Help Clients Prepar Citizenship Applications.

Pro Bono Training: Basic Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

(9/25) Free of charge for one visit to the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic.

Press

Keeping people with debt in their jobs and in their homes
September 11, 2017, Orange County Register

Judge reverses Costa Mesa’s approval of Motor Inn redevelopment project
May 12, 2017, Los Angeles Times

Costa Mesa’s approval of apartments to replace Motor Inn project reversed by judge
May 12, 2017, Orange County Register

PLC News

PLC Statement on DACA

Santa Ana - The Public Law Center, Orange County's Pro Bono Law Firm, is deeply disappointed in today's Trump administration decision to end the bipartisan-supported Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program. In addition to ... Read More

PLC Chooses Love and Justice Over Hate and Injustice

Over the past several days, terrorists in Charlottesville and Barcelona used vehicles to commit murder in the name of their extremist views. As Americans and global citizens, our hearts go out to all those directly ... Read More

CA Attorney General Xavier Becerra Keynotes Orange County’s Largest Legal Gathering

PLC honors Haynes and Boone, the Gibson Dunn Jerra Litigation Team and OCCORD Irvine, CA – Keynote speaker California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was joined by over 800 leaders of the Orange County ... Read More

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

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