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 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.

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Orange County Mother Wins Ninth Circuit Ruling in Bankruptcy Case

August 12th, 2016|0 Comments

In published opinion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reverses judgment of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and raises concerns over the County's actions Santa Ana, CA - The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals concluded [...]

PLC Enforces Judgment In Favor Of Affordable Housing In Huntington Beach

April 15th, 2016|0 Comments

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 Builds Healthy Community in Santa Ana with The California Endowment

March 9th, 2016|0 Comments

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.

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