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

National Event Day screening director Michael Radford’s 1984.

(04/04) On Tuesday, April 4 – the date on which George Orwell’s classic character Winston Smith begins writing his journal in Orwell’s landmark 1949 novel – The Frida Cinema joins 90 cinemas across the country in a National Event Day screening director Michael Radford’s 1984.

Naturalization Fair Legal Volunteer Opportunity

(04/18) The Public Law Center (PLC) invites you to be a part of our Naturalization Project by volunteering your time as a legal volunteer at our Citizenship Fair.


E-Contract Abuse Alert: How Car Dealers Can Fake Your Auto Loan
April 15, 2017, Forbes

Advocates Warn of Spike in Fraud as Immigrants Fear Deportation Under Trump
November 29, 2016, Voice of OC

PLC News

PLC Attorneys and Co-Counsel Win 2017 CLAY Award for Huntington Beach Affordable Housing Case

Jones Day and PILP honored alongside PLC for successfully stopping Huntington Beach from blocking development of affordable housing Santa Ana, CA - The Public Law Center's successful representation of two formerly homeless veterans who challenged the Huntington ... Read More

The Numbers are Finally In – PLC Sets New Record at 2016 Volunteers for Justice Dinner!

With your support, we raised over $726,000 toward access to justice in Orange County While the 2016 Volunteers for Justice Dinner has come and gone, supporters like you continue to help us celebrate our 35th ... Read More

PLC’s 2016 Summer Clerks

Over the past 35 years, hundreds of law students have helped PLC accomplish its mission of providing access to justice in Orange County. They in turn gain valuable skills and experiences that help launch their ... Read More

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