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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

Who We Are
Founded 34 years ago, The Public Law Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides free legal services to low income residents and other nonprofits in Orange County. In 2014, Public Law Center staff and volunteers provided over 67,000 hours of free legal services in handling over 4,600 cases and benefitted more than 8,000 low-income children, adults and seniors in Orange County. The value of this work is $22 million in 2014. Our work includes counseling, individual representation, community education and strategic policy advocacy and impact litigation to challenge societal injustices.
Our Volunteers
Volunteers can change somebody’s life. In 2014 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
OCBA & PLC Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training Seminar - (6/6/2016) OCBA & PLC Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training Seminar

plc-logo-75x75 PLC Enforces Judgment In Favor Of Affordable Housing In Huntington Beach (4/15/2016) - Los Angeles County Superior Court orders City to immediately comply with order voiding an Amendment that blocked development of affordable housing in the Beach-Edinger Corridor
plc-logo-75x75 PLC Builds Healthy Community in Santa Ana with The California Endowment (3/9/2016) - When people think of health, they often think of doctor’s offices and vitamins, not power and place. The truth is, health happens in community, school, and the places people spend their time.
plc-logo-75x75 Bringing Legal and Health Leaders Together in Orange County (3/9/2016) - What do kids living in substandard housing and homeless veterans have in common? In America, they are amongst the estimated 50 million Americans who need some sort of legal care to be healthy.

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