Public Law Center is a dedicated team of legal professionals that has provided pro-bono legal services to low-income residents of Orange County since 1981, providing legal assistance and coordinating the pro-bono services of over 1,500 attorneys throughout Orange County.

Attorneys

Ugochi Anaebere-Nicholson, Directing Attorney

Anaebere Nicholson, Ugochi

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Ugochi serves as the Directing Attorney for the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit PLC. Before joining PLC, Ugochi served as Managing Attorney for the Indio Branch Office of Inland Counties Legal Services where she supervised advocates and support staff, and represented low-income residents of Coachella Valley. There she maintained a portfolio in a wide variety of areas, including, housing (eviction defense), public benefits, family, and immigration law (U-Visa and VAWA).

Ugochi was also a legal aid attorney in Los Angeles with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County’s Housing and Consumer Law Team and she directed pro bono legal services in the Central Valley at Central California Legal Services. Ugochi earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Political Science from UCLA, and her Juris Doctor Degree from Southwestern Law School.

Kenneth W. Babcock, Executive Director And General Counsel

Kenneth W. Babcock

In his 19 years as head of the Public Law Center, Ken has significantly expanded PLC to provide pro bono legal assistance to more Orange County low-income residents. Ken is responsible for PLC’s overall leadership, direction and financial health. In addition to his role with PLC, Ken is heavily involved in bench and bar activities. As a member of the California Commission on Access to Justice from 2006 to 2012, he served as vice-chair of the Commission (2009-11) and co-chair of the Commission’s Funding Committee (2007-12).

Ken has received numerous awards for his work, including the Dorsey Award from the American Bar Association’s Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division (2010); Attorney of the Year Award from the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County (2009), and the Bernard E. Witkin Amicus Curiae Award from the Judicial Council of California (2008). In 2003 and again in 2008, he was named by the Los Angeles Daily Journal as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in California.

Prior to joining PLC in September 2000, Ken was the Director of Litigation & Advocacy at Public Counsel in Los Angeles and the Directing Attorney of Public Counsel’s Consumer Law Project. Before joining Public Counsel, he was a litigator in a large law firm and then a small law firm. Ken is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Jennifer H. Baez-Silva, Staff Attorney

Jennifer H. Baez-Silva

Practice Area:  Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Jennifer Baez-Silva is a Staff Attorney in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit.  She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and a law degree from Irvine University College of Law.  Jennifer focuses her practice on serving people who face losing their homes and having their family displaced.  She first became interested in protecting these interests when she saw firsthand the impact an oppressive landlord had on multiple families victim to slumlord housing and being forced to live in fear for themselves and their children on a daily basis.

Jennifer is a trial lawyer with extensive courtroom experience representing the rights of the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless, and the defenseless. Jennifer has taken a number of trials to verdict before both judges and juries.  Jennifer has taught contracts and tort law to first-year law students at Irvine University College of Law.

Kevin Camino, Staff Attorney

Kevin Camino

Practice Area: Family Law Unit

Kevin is a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit. Kevin works both within the office, as well as at several pro-bono clinics across Orange County to provide advice and representation to clients with a variety of Family Law Issues. His diverse career spans a number of fields including family law, personal injury, and criminal defense. During law school, Kevin worked with the Spokane County Public Defender to represent at-risk children in juvenile court. Kevin earned his degree in psychology at Colorado State University, and his J.D. at Gonzaga University School of Law.

Sarah Efthymiou, Directing Attorney

Sarah Efthymiou

Practice Area: Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP)

Sarah provides pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and groups that want to form new charitable organizations. She helps build the capacity of organizations that serve PLC’s clients and Orange County’s low-income and underrepresented communities in general. Additionally, she teaches seminars on how to start a nonprofit organization and collaborates with community nonprofit technical assistance providers to hold a number of other legal education seminars. Sarah is a graduate of University of Redlands and Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to joining PLC, she was in private practice, with a focus on business and corporate law.

Leigh Ferrin, Director of Litigation & Pro Bono

Leigh Ferrin

Leigh Ferrin is the Director of Litigation and Pro Bono at the Public Law Center. Leigh works with the attorneys, staff and volunteers in all seven of PLC’s units to ensure that services are provided efficiently and effectively. She oversees impact advocacy and litigation, and recruits volunteers to participate in PLC’s efforts to serve its clients. Leigh works with advocates throughout California to identify opportunities for change through legislation, regulatory advocacy and litigation.

Prior to her current position, Leigh was the Directing Attorney of the Consumer Law Unit at PLC, where she supervised consumer cases including debt collection, bankruptcy, student loans, home equity scams and identity theft. She also supervised two courthouse-based self-help clinics. Prior to that position, Leigh was a Lead Attorney, a Staff Attorney and an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, all in PLC’s Consumer Law Unit.

After graduating from Pomona College in 2002 with a B.A. in Psychology, Leigh then received her J.D. in 2008 from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles. While at Loyola, Leigh served as the Treasurer for the Public Interest Law Foundation, was the Chief Production Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles Entertainment Law Review and researched predatory lending issues for Professor Lauren Willis. Leigh’s article, “Pencil Me In: The Use of Title IX and Section 1983 to Obtain Equal Treatment in High School Athletics Scheduling” was published in American University’s The Modern American in 2007. Leigh clerked for the Disability Rights Legal Center, the California Women’s Law Center and the Children’s Law Center while in law school.

Monica Eav Glicken, Directing Attorney

Monica Glicken

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Monica Eav Glicken leads the Immigration Unit of PLC. As the child of immigrants from the Philippines and Cambodia, this work is near and dear to her heart. Prior to joining PLC, she practiced for nearly a decade in immigration law, first in a boutique immigration law firm then in her own practice. She has also served as an Attorney Advisor at the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Chicago Immigration Court through the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program, and as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Anita B. Brody, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Monica is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard University.

Emma Elizabeth Gonzalez, Directing Attorney

Emma Elizabeth Gonzalez

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

In her role as Directing Attorney for the Consumer Unit, Emma Elizabeth Gonzalez focuses on areas of Consumer and Elder law and directs PLC’s self-help clinics. She oversees the Federal Pro Se Clinic in Santa Ana and Public Law Center’s Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy Reaffirmation and Guardianship Clinics for unrepresented individuals. Prior to joining PLC, Emma Elizabeth practiced labor and employment litigation at Loeb & Loeb LLP. Before attending law school, Emma Elizabeth spent five years working in development at the ACLU of Southern California and Manhattan Theatre Club, and two years working as a community organizer with Cornerstone Theater Company. Elizabeth graduated from the University of Southern California, where she was a member of the USC Trojan Marching Band and from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

Cassandra Martinez, Staff Attorney

Cassandra Martinez

Practice Areas: Consumer Law Unit, Elder Law

Cassandra is a Staff Attorney in the Consumer Unit where she works primarily with older adults who are victims of financial exploitation.  During law school, Cassandra participated in the Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors Clinic, a collaboration between UC Hastings and UCSF Medical Center to provide advance health care, estate planning, public benefits, and wrap-around legal services to older adult patients.  She also volunteered with Legal Assistance to the Elderly, working mostly on housing issues affecting elderly and disabled San Francisco residents.  Cassandra earned her B.A. from UC Berkeley and J.D. from UC Hastings, College of the Law.

Diego Menendez-Estrada, Justice Corps Fellow/ Immigration

Diego Menendez-Estrada

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Diego is an Immigrant Justice Corps Justice Fellow and works in the Immigration Unit. He assists low-income immigrants, with a focus on assisting immigrants in removal proceedings, unaccompanied minors, and victims of crimes. Before law school, Diego worked as a paralegal at the Law Office of Robert Sheldon and at Americans for Immigrant Justice’s Children’s Legal Project in Miami, where he prepared applications for various forms of relief for detained unaccompanied children. Diego also conducted research on Asian-Latino food businesses for the University of Oxford’s Center on Migration, Policy, and Society. During law school, Diego interned with the Honorable Darrin P. Gayles, U.S. District Judge of the Southern District of Florida, the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project in Atlanta, and was a business immigration law clerk at Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP’s Boston office. Diego holds a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.

Fraser Muir, Staff Attorney

Fraser Muir

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Fraser is a staff attorney in the Immigration Unit where he assists low-income immigrants filing for various forms of immigration relief. He is passionate about uplifting the intersection between LGBTQ+ rights and immigrant rights. Prior to joining PLC, Fraser worked with the LGBTQ Center of Orange County in their Immigration Program. During law school, Fraser externed with Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court. He has interned in the Office of the Federal Public Defender and the Center for Equal Justice. Fraser earned his Master of Laws from UC Berkeley School of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in Public Interest & Social Justice. He attended City, University of London where he earned a Master of Laws and a post-graduate degree in law. He received his B.A. from UC Berkeley. He was called to the Bar of England & Wales as a barrister in 2017.

Ayami Nieves, Staff Attorney

Ayami Nieves

Practice Area: Family Law Unit

Ayami works in the PLC’s Family Law Unit. A large part of her work is devoted to four legal clinics: Domestic Violence Assistance Program (DVAP), Guardianship, La Habra’s Family Resource Center, and the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living. During law school, Ayami worked in Whittier Law School’s Children’s Rights Clinic, gaining experience on guardianships, limited conservatorships, and immigration cases. After law school, Ayami was a volunteer and fellow with the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. A Santa Ana native, Ayami received her JD degree in from Whittier Law School and a BA from the UC San Diego.

Precious Odum, Staff Attorney

Precious Odum

Practice Area: Immigration Law

Precious is a Staff Attorney in the Immigration Unit where she works with human trafficking victims in providing them immigration relief. During law school, Precious interned with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (Cast) and the Human Trafficking Unit at the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. In addition, she volunteered in the Street Law Clinic where she provided “Know Your Rights” classes to troubled youth in the Los Angeles Community. Precious earned her B.A. from UC Riverside and J.D. from Southwestern Law School.

Iraida L. Oliva, Staff Attorney

Iraida L. Oliva

Practice Area:  Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Iraida is a Staff Attorney for the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit at Public Law Center where she represents tenants in housing-related matters and administrative hearings.

Before joining Public Law Center, Iraida practiced family law for 15 years in the County of Orange and surrounding counties. Iraida attended the University of California, Irvine and earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Spanish Literature. She graduated from the University of San Francisco School of Law. While in law school, she interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office, the Federal Defenders of San Diego and was part of the first class to participate in the Keta Taylor Colby Death Penalty Project in Jackson, Mississippi.

During her professional career, she has represented members of the low-income and Spanish speaking community. She is a current member of the OC Hispanic Bar Association and is bilingual.

Michael A. Palzes, Staff Attorney

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Mike is a Staff Attorney in the Consumer Unit where he focuses on consumer law and federal self-help clinics. He began his legal career as an AmeriCorps fellow with the Montana Department of Justice’s Office of Consumer Protection and Victims Services, before going on to join Nevada Legal Services in Reno, NV, as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. Mike has also worked at OneJustice, where he focused on staffing legal clinics in underserved and rural communities. He is a graduate of The University of California, Irvine School of Social Sciences, and The University of California, Davis, School of Law.

Josie Roberto, Senior Staff Attorney

Josie Roberto

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Josie works in the Immigration Unit where she assists low-income immigrants in filing for various forms of immigration relief, with a focus on assisting victims of domestic violence, serious crimes and human trafficking, unaccompanied minors, and immigrants who wish to apply for citizenship. Prior to joining PLC as a Staff Attorney, Josie practiced Elder Abuse litigation. During law school, Josie interned at PLC, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Law Firm of Higbee & Associates. Josie was also a clinical student at the Loyola Immigrant Justice Clinic for two years. Josie earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. from Cal State Fullerton.

Manohar Sukumar, Supervising Attorney

Manohar Sukumar

Practice Area: Health Law Unit

Manohar is the Supervising Attorney for the Health Unit at PLC. Before PLC, he worked more than four years as a Staff Attorney at the Health Consumer Action Center of Legal Aid Society of Orange County. There, Manohar worked on a Blue Shield Foundation grant project to make policy recommendations to the Orange County Health Care Agency regarding the Low Income Health Project (Medical Services Initiative). He also conducted outreach to educate community stakeholders about the Affordable Care Act. At PLC, Manohar continues to do consumer advocacy on health care benefits eligibility and service-related issues for indigent clients, and also works extensively with AIDS patients and with medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) through various hospitals. He holds an undergraduate degree from UCLA, a Master of Public Health in Community Health Education from Cal State Long Beach, and a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.

An Thien (Andy) Tran, Staff Attorney

Tran, An Thien (Andy)

Practice Area: Health Law Unit

Andy is a Staff Attorney in the Health Law Unit at PLC.  He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A.) and American University Washington College of Law (J.D.).  He completed his Executive Education studies at the Yale School of Management in Healthcare Management.

In law school, Andy served during the Obama Administration with the United States Department of Justice, the United States Department of the Treasury, the United States Mint, and the Federal Communications Commission.  He also clerked for Asian Americans Advancing Justice, AAJC and served as an Articles Editor for the Administrative Law Review and the Editor in Chief for The Modern American Law Brief.

Before joining PLC, Andy was an Associate to the City Attorney of Baldwin Park, Robert N. Tafoya, and an Associate at Peterson Bradford Burkwitz LLP, litigating medical malpractice lawsuits and defending public entities against labor and employment claims.

Diamond B. Tran, Staff Attorney

Diamond B. Tran

Practice Area: Family Law Unit

Diamond Tran works in PLC’s Family Law unit.  She staffs the De Facto Parent Pro Bono Program at the Lamoreaux Justice Center. Diamond returned to PLC in 2020 to start up this new program serving foster parents, relatives, caregivers and prospective adoptive parents who seek legal assistance with a dependency case in the OC Juvenile Court.  She also works with litigants at several other PLC clinics, primarily helping victims of domestic violence obtain restraining orders and assisting caregivers in guardianship proceedings.

Prior to rejoining PLC, Diamond’s practice also focused on matters directly affecting children, such as guardianships and limited conservatorships. She previously served as PLC’s Interim Pro Bono Director and COLAP Lead Attorney, and held staff attorney positions at Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County; Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY); and the San Jose City Attorney’s Office.  Diamond was an Adjunct Professor at the UC Irvine School of Law and an Instructor for Cal State Fullerton’s Nonprofit Management program.  She also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children and as Vice President of the Vietnamese American Bar Association of Southern California.  Diamond earned her degrees from UC Berkeley (1996) and UC Hastings College of the Law (1999).

Lydia Tse, Staff Attorney

Lydia Tse

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Lydia is a Staff Attorney in the Consumer Law Unit where she focuses on debt collection defense, bankruptcy, and other consumer law related matters. She also staffs the Federal Pro Se and Bankruptcy self-help clinics where those without an attorney can seek legal assistance. Prior to joining the Public Law Center, Lydia was a dedicated volunteer at the Bankruptcy clinic and was awarded the William J. Lasarow Award. Before her career change to the legal field, Lydia was a software engineer. Lydia earned her B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her J.D. from Chapman University School of Law.

Ryan Ueda, Senior Staff Attorney

Ueda, Ryan

Practice Area: Operation Veterans Re-Entry

Ryan is a senior staff attorney assisting veterans with civil legal issues in the Veterans Unit. During law school, Ryan volunteered with PLC in the Bankruptcy Clinic. Prior to joining PLC, Ryan worked as a Civil Rights Fellow in the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. Ryan has undergraduate degrees from the UC Irvine and Cal State LA, and is a graduate of the UC Irvine School of Law.

Gina Verraster, Staff Attorney

Practice Area: Operation Veterans Re-Entry

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Richard Walker, Senior Staff Attorney

Walker,Richard

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Richard works in the Public Law Center’s Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit and works with PLC’s Consumer Unit on mobilehome issues. Richard represents low-income tenants in eviction defense cases, provides legal assistance to mobilehome owners, advocates on behalf of homeless and low-income individuals for improved housing policies and assistance in local municipalities, and provides legal assistance in a variety of other housing issues. Richard also works with local pro bono attorneys on impact cases addressing a wide range of issues including land use, affordable housing, habitability, discrimination, and other housing-related matters. Before law school, Richard was a junior high math teacher. Richard graduated from J. Reuben Clark Law School and has a B.A. from Utah State University.

Joanna Wong, Supervising Attorney

Joanna Wong

Practice Area: Family Law Unit

As the Supervising Attorney for the Family Law unit, Joanna Wong provides direct legal services to low-income clients; runs the Unit’s four legal clinics; and oversees all work performed by the Unit on divorce, paternity, custody, restraining order, support, and guardianship matters. After completing her undergraduate degree at UCLA, Joanna studied law at Chapman University, where she received a number of awards for her work at the Bette and Wylie Aitken Family Violence Clinic. Later, she received certification as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate through WTLC. Prior to joining Public Law Center, Joanna worked in private practice and at Legal Aid Society of Orange County, where she trained, supervised, and created policies and instruction manuals for the volunteers who staffed the office’s intake department each semester.

Legal Fellow

Alexis Mondares, Law Fellow

Alexis Mondares

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Alexis is a Legal Fellow in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit and works on the Housing Element compliance of Orange County cities to encourage the construction of affordable housing. She received a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Barbara and a law degree from the UC Irvine School of Law. During law school, Alexis worked with PLC on community land trusts and Housing Element research.

Administration

Serap Akbas, Administrative Assistant

Serap Akbas

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Serap has been with PLC since August 2018, and provides administrative support to Immigration and Consumer Units. She was a volunteer at Legal Aid Society of Orange County. Serap received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Science Education from Marmara University, Turkey and earned her Paralegal certificate from Irvine Valley College. She is a member of the Orange County Paralegal Association and fluent in Turkish language.

Sharon I. Almonte, Social Worker

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Sharon is a Social Worker in the Consumer Unit tasked with providing further assistance to the older adults that come across PLC. She provides social-emotional support to clients during times of high stress and she assists in connecting clients to welfare benefits and resources that support the quality of life of clients. She was born and raised in Orange County, CA and has lived in different states while pursuing higher education. She is invested in using her skills and training to take a strengths-based approach with every client that she encounters. Her previous experiences include: providing individual and family therapy at the federally qualified health center, CHASS Center, in Southwest Detroit; promoting integrated healthcare at the U-M Student-Run Free Clinic; managing grant funds for and leading the GFGA After School Program in Anaheim, CA; and facilitating courses on social skills with children and their families. She obtained her Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Additionally, Sharon holds a B.A. from Lewis & Clark College and a M.A. from Loyola University of Chicago.

Beatriz Bermudez, Paralegal

Beatrice Bermudez

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Beatriz is a Paralegal with the Immigration Unit. She was born and raised in Los Angeles County and graduated from UC Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, International Relations.  Before joining Public Law Center, she worked for an immigration non-profit in the San Francisco Bay area and volunteered at the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant. Beatriz is fluent in Spanish and has experience interpreting  for individuals at USCIS interviews, removal defense, drafting declarations, preparing adjustment of status applications, naturalizations applications, and more.

Jazmina Castillo, Project Coordinator

Jazmina Castillo

Practice Area: Health Law Unit

Jazmina works in the Health Law Unit at PLC focusing on its Medical-Legal Partnerships and AIDS Legal Assistance Project. She is in charge of the Unit’s project administration, information collection, data management and coordination of legal services related to health. In addition to providing direct support to clients addressing those social determinants of health, Jazmina interface with community-based non-profit organizations, government agencies and other providers of services to those living with HIV/AIDS in order to keep abreast of community needs; contributing to the success of our AIDS Legal Assistance Project, and making the Medical-Legal Partnership model possible.

Prior to joining PLC, Jazmina worked as a Research Assistant at the “University of California Los Angeles”, in the UCLA Survey Research Center, where she specialized in interviewing clients for multicultural HIV/AIDS Projects. Her experience also includes serving as Bookkeeper at “Women Organizing Resources Knowledge and Services” (W.O.R.K.S.), an affordable housing and community development nonprofit organization in Los Angeles, and as a Childcare Coordinator and Social Advocate at “House of Ruth”, a Shelter for Homeless Women and Children in Los Angeles. Jazmina earned her Degree in Psychology at the National University of Colombia, School of Human Sciences. She also holds certifications in Business Administration and Law.

Morgan Cienfuegos Padgett, Deportation Defense Case Manager – Immigration Unit

Morgan Padgett

Practice Area: Immigration Law

Morgan joined the Immigration Unit as the Deportation Defense Case Manager where she works closely with individuals who are in removal proceedings. She also facilitates collaboration and capacity building among Orange County’s Non-Profit Organizations to better serve both detained and non-detained individuals. During law school, Morgan volunteered with PLC, as a clinical student with the Western State Immigration Clinic. She earned her B.A. from Cal State Long Beach and J.D. from Western State College of Law.

Jocelyn Cornelio, VOCA Project Coordinator

Jocelyn Cornelio

Practice Area: Victims of Crime Unit

Jocelyn is PLC's Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Project Coordinator. She works with victims of crime by helping to ensure they receive holistic legal services at PLC. Jocelyn graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor’s in Linguistics. As an undergrad she was part of JusticeCorps where she interned at the Long Beach Courthouse Self-Help Center. She provided assistance with dissolution, paternity and unlawful detainer proceedings. Prior to joining PLC, she was an AmeriCorps member through Public Allies Los Angeles. This program gave her the opportunity to work within legal services at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) in Los Angeles, CA. Throughout her time at CARECEN, she gained knowledge about immigration law, particularly while working on U-Visa and VAWA cases.

Aimee Dau, Bookkeeper

Dau, Aimee

Aimee joined the PLC in July 2016 as bookkeeper. Aimee is responsible for the processing of grants, and operating disbursements. She manages the day-to-day accounting and financial reporting activities while collaborating with all levels within PLC to ensure timely and accurate financial information is provided to both internal and external clients.

Kevin Eav, Volunteer and Donor Data Specialist

Kevin Eav

Kevin Eav is a Volunteer and Donor Data Specialist. He is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine with a major in Japanese Language and Literature. His previous experience includes several years as a clerk at a boutique immigration law firm in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Colorado and has lived in Southern California for several years. Through his interests in popular culture he has worked with a number of cultural outreach volunteer-based nonprofits and brings that experience with him to his donor and volunteer data specialist role at the Public Law Center.

Evelyn Fuentes, Senior Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist

Evelyn Fuentes

Practice Area: Family Law Unit

A resident of Orange County, Evelyn was born in the City of Orange, but was raised primarily in Mexico and Los Angeles County. She graduated from Saddleback High School. Currently, she attends Santa Ana College. In December 2004, Evelyn began volunteering at PLC through the Service Learning Center at Santa Ana College. Evelyn was awarded the Presidential Award in May 2005 and also received a grant for contributing over a hundred hours of community service.

Erica Garcia, Administrative Assistant

Erica Garcia

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Erica Garcia is an Administrative Assistant in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit. She provides assistance to low-income tenants who face a wide variety of housing issues. Prior to joining PLC, she worked as an Administrative/Legal Assistant for a workers’ compensation law firm in Santa Ana, California. Throughout that time she gained knowledge of the law and the importance of protecting low-income individuals and defending their rights. She plans to become a certified Paralegal and continue to help vulnerable residents in Orange County.

Andrea Guerra, Administrative Assistant

Andrea Guerra

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Andrea works in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit and assists in providing legal assistance to Orange County's low income residents. She graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in International Studies. Since graduating, she has decided to explore the option of a career in the legal field or in social research.

Stephanie Hernandez, Paralegal

Stephanie Hernandez

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Stephanie works in the Consumer Unit, which is responsible for providing legal assistance to Orange County’s low income community with a wide variety of issues such as bankruptcy, debt collection defense, wage garnishment, and creditor harassment. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Politics. Stephanie has over 6 years of experience in providing low cost tutoring services to low income individuals.

Grace Landa, Executive Assistant

Grace Landa

Grace joined PLC in May 2013, and is the executive assistant to Ken Babcock. A seasoned professional with over 20  years increasingly complex administrative experience in several different industries including legal, medical and homebuilding, she is able to tailor her skills to best meet the ever changing needs of her position at PLC. A long time Orange County resident, Grace is grateful to have the opportunity to work with a team so committed to serving  the most vulnerable of Orange County residents. Grace and her husband live in South Orange County, enjoying most of her free time with family and friends, traveling, and  spending time with her two rescue dogs: Lucy and Dezi.

Erika Magallanes, Receptionist

Erika Magallanes

Erika is the receptionist at Public Law Center. She was born and raised in Orange County. Erila graduated from Saddleback High School and received a Seal of Biliteracy on her high school diploma. She also received a certificate for Medical Billing and Coding from Taller San Jose. Erika hopes to continue her education and helping low income individuals.

Carlos Mojica, Administrative Assistant

Carlos Mojica

Practice Areas: Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project/Health Law

Carlos is an administrative assistant supporting PLC's Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project/Health Law programs. He was born and raised in Los Angeles County and graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor's in Political Science. Before joining PLC, Carlos worked for The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights, a non-profit organization in San Francisco, coordinating pro bono legal services for community-based non-profit organizations, aspiring entrepreneurs and small business owners throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

Yirat Nieves, Administrative Assistant

Yirat Nieves