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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

Volunteers for Justice Dinner

Save the Date
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Hotel Irvine

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OCBA & PLC Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training Seminar

(3/12/2018) OCBA & PLC Pro Bono Basic Guardianship Training Seminar

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Citizenship Fair

(4/7/2018) The Public Law Center invites you to be part of our naturalization project by volunteering your time as a legal volunteer at our upcoming Citizenship Fair.

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PLC News

Public Law Center’s Statement on Santa Ana Riverbed Case

This morning, the Public Law Center and our partner, The Kennedy Commission, filed a Amicus Curiae "Friend of the Court" Brief in support of the plaintiffs in Orange County Catholic Worker v. Orange County. We ... Read More

#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 ... Read More

PLC Can Help Low-Income Orange County Consumers Facing Identity Theft

In the wake of the recent Equifax data breach, the Public Law Center (PLC) advises consumers to take precautions to protect their personal information. For approximately three months in 2017, hackers accessed people’s names, ... Read More

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