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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 33 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. Through the efforts of our staff of 35 and over 1,500 pro-bono volunteers in 2013 we provided over 63,000 hours of free legal services in handling over 4,000 cases, directly benefiting more than 6,200 low-income children, adults and seniors. 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 2013 volunteers gave nearly 35,000 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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Upcoming Events
Pro Bono Naturalization Law Training for Attorneys and Law Students - (8/27 and 8/29) Join PLC and earn 1.5 CLE units* at our upcoming training on naturalization law. This training is free of charge in exchange for volunteering at our Saturday, August 29th Naturalization Clinic. Click here to register.
Pro Bono Training: Basic Chapter 7 Bankruptcy - (5/11/2015) Free of charge for one visit to the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic.
Free Legal Clinic for Small Business - (4/24/2015) Free legal advice for small business owners.

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