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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
Starting & Maintaining a 501(c)(3) - (9/29/15) 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.
Free Patent Law for Inventors, Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners - (10/14/15) This free workshop will provide aspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners with basic information about patents, how they may be used to protect inventions, and the patent-application process.
Fundraising & the Law for Nonprofits - (10/22/15) In the nonprofit world, fundraising is as inevitable as death and taxes in the for-profit world. This session spells out the IRS’ and some of the CA-specific rules, including sales tax, registration with the Attorney General, record keeping and receipt requirements, required disclosures and more!
Pro Bono Training: Basic Guardianship - (10/26/2015) Register before 10/19/15 to receive advanced registration pricing!
Volunteers & the Law for Nonprofits - (11/5/15) Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits, yet using volunteers in your organization is not always risk-free. This workshop will guide you through the laws and regulations affecting volunteers, as well as provide best-practice guidelines for working with volunteers.
Legal Aspects of Starting a Small Business in California - (12/2/15) This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to learn about the principal types of legal business structures available in California, practical considerations to starting your business, and responsibilities of small business owners.
plc-logo-75x75 Meet the Officers of PLC’s Board of Directors (9/1/2015) - We recently sat down with PLC’s board leadership to talk about their goals for PLC. Not surprisingly...
plc-logo-75x75 PLC Summer Recap (8/31/2015) - As students head back to school and preparations begin for one last summer BBQ, PLC is reminded...
plc-logo-75x75 PLC Represents Veterans Displaced by Huntington Beach’s Anti-Affordable Housing Actions (8/31/2015) - Two formerly homeless veterans and the Kennedy Commission filed a petition...

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