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.


Kenneth W. Babcock, Executive Director And General Counsel

Kenneth W. Babcock

In his 22 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.

 Jean Bak, Staff Attorney

Jean Bak

Practice Area: Health Law Unit

Jean is a staff attorney in Public Law Center’s Health Law Unit. As part of the Health Law Unit, Jean assists clients in a variety of health-related matters and provides support to PLC’s multiple medical-legal partnerships. Prior to joining PLC, Jean worked at private law firms, primarily focused on insurance coverage and medical malpractice. Jean earned her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School and B.A. from Binghamton University.

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.

Morgan Cienfuegos Padgett, Staff Attorney

Morgan Padgett

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Morgan is a staff attorney in the Consumer Law Unit, where she works closely with older adults who have faced hardships such as financial abuse and home equity scams. Additionally, she focuses on consumer cases including identify theft, student loans, bankruptcy and debt collection defense. She also supports the Consumer Law Unit’s Federal Pro Se Clinic and the Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clinic. Morgan earned her J.D. from Western State College of Law and her B.A. in English Literature from Cal State Long Beach.

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 Legal Services

Leigh Ferrin

Leigh Ferrin is the Director of Legal Services 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.

 Suzanne Iazzetta, Supervising Attorney

Suzanne Iazzetta

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Suzanne Iazzetta is the Supervising Attorney for the Consumer Law Unit. Suzanne comes to Public Law Center from the east coast, where she has been practicing since 2005. Suzanne is licensed to practice law in New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, and California, and previously clerked for Judge Katharine S. Hayden of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey. Suzanne practiced civil litigation and bankruptcy at Lowenstein Sandler PC in New Jersey for many years. While at Lowenstein Sandler, Suzanne was granted a fellowship to work at Legal Services of New Jersey at the Newark, NJ office. While at LSNJ, Suzanne worked in the housing unit, assisting low-income clients obtain section 8 vouchers and defending voucher holders against HUD’s attempts to terminate the vouchers. Suzanne continued that pro bono work when she returned to Lowenstein, and was given a pro-bono attorney award every year that she remained at Lowenstein Sandler. She continually volunteered her services to assist people who needed legal help but could not afford traditional legal help.

Some of the areas of law that Suzanne has worked on in her career are consumer law, bankruptcy (business and personal), housing/eviction matters, foreclosure defense, and FDCPA, FCRA, TCPA, and UDAAP claims, and debt collection defense. Suzanne also spent time as a staff attorney for a chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee in New Jersey, and has had her own solo practice for the last ten years.

Working as a supervising attorney at Public Law Center represents a life-long dream for Suzanne, as it was always her intention to provide legal services for people in need and to lead a staff of like-minded people who are dedicated to making the world a better place, one act of kindness at a time.

Tuzuk Koul, Staff Attorney

Practice Area: Consumer Law Unit

Tuzuk serves as a Staff Attorney in the Consumer Law Unit with Public Law Center. While a student at the University of Virginia School of Law, she was selected as an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law and Technology. Furthermore, her passionate advocacy in environmental justice and animal ethics has led her to work as a Litigation Fellow with the Humane Society of the United States, in the Washington, D.C. office. Tuzuk holds a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara, where she graduated with Highest Honors as an Arnhold Research Fellow.

Michelle Larios, Staff Attorney

Larios, Michelle

Practice Area: Health Law Unit

Michelle is the staff attorney for the Health Law Unit focusing on its Dulce project. In partnership with local hospitals, the Dulce project assists low-income families of children under six months on various legal issues, such as immigration and family law. Prior to joining PLC, Michelle worked at Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA), overseeing their Self-Help Legal Access Center, which assists self-represented litigants in various civil matters. In law school, Michelle law clerked at LAFLA and the Orange County Public Defender. Michelle received her Bachelor’s in History from California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and her law degree from Western State College of Law.

María Mañón Winger, Staff Attorney

María Mañón Winger

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

María Mañón Winger is a staff attorney in the immigration unit. Maria is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic and a fierce advocate for all causes and people dear to her heart. Prior to joining PLC, Maria was an AP Government and US History charter high school teacher in Santa Ana, California and former KIPP Teacher and Teach For America corps member. Maria has three years of immigration law experience working at a private law firm in Washington, D.C. She graduated from American University, Washington College of Law and speaks Spanish fluently.

Angela Mestre, Pro Bono Coordinator

Angela is the Pro Bono Coordinator at the Public Law Center. Through volunteer recruitment and management, she inspires volunteers to help our clients find access to justice.

Angela received her B.A. in Psychology from Chapman University, and her J.D. from Whittier Law School, which is where her public service interest began. While in law school, she helped to found the Children’s Rights Clinic at Whittier Law School, worked as a law clerk here at the Public Law Center, and volunteered at the Share Our Selves legal clinic to provide legal assistance to indigent residents of Orange County. After law school, Angela worked as a criminal defense attorney and appellate attorney, where the appellate cases taken were from California Appellate Project who assisted in finding attorneys for those that could not afford one. She later headed the bankruptcy department at a Bankruptcy and Consumer Rights law firm, before starting her own Bankruptcy practice. Aside from working as an attorney, Angela has also taught various law courses as both a paralegal instructor and law school professor. Angela has always made it a point to volunteer throughout her legal career, including assisting the Public Law Center’s Bankruptcy and Guardianship clinics as a volunteer attorney, and accepting pro bono Bankruptcy cases from both the Public Law Center and the Veteran’s Legal Institute.

Alexis Mondares, Staff Attorney

Alexis Mondares

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Alexis is a Staff Attorney 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.

Adam Morton, Staff Attorney

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Adam is a Registered Legal Aid Attorney with the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit at PLC. Before joining PLC, Adam worked as a staff attorney with Lakeshore Legal Aid in Michigan representing tenants facing eviction. Adam was also the head of Lakeshore’s Housing Workgroup, where he began organizing public outreach efforts to tenants in Detroit. Adam earned his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from Wayne State Law School in Detroit, Michigan.

Trang P. Nguyen, Staff Attorney

Trang Nguyen

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Trang is a Staff Attorney in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit and works on the Mobilehome Advocacy Team to handle a diverse caseload on behalf of mobilehome owners, including unlawful detainer, harassment, fair housing, and disability rights. She received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in English Literature and a law degree from Trinity Law School. During law school, Trang worked at the Trinity Law School Bankruptcy Clinic to assist Village of Hope (Tustin, CA) residents with their Chapter 7 bankruptcy filings while serving as Treasurer for Trinity Law School’s International Law Society. While in law school, she also interned for an NGO in Cambodia, researching food safety regulations – including the availability and affordability of safe food, agricultural products, and drinking water for the local people – and presenting her findings and suggested solutions to the NGO’s director and staff.

Ayami Nieves, Senior 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 Unit

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, Senior 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.

Emily Phillips, UCI Law Public Service Fellow

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit.

Emily is a Fellow in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit where she provides legal services to low-income tenants, with a focus on assisting survivors of domestic violence. During law school, Emily clerked at PLC in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit and the Family Law Unit, and she volunteered at PLC’s Domestic Violence Assistance Program (DVAP) Clinic. Emily also coordinated the Expungement Clinic at Community Legal Aid SoCal and clerked with Inner City Law Center, the Children’s Law Center of California, Central California Legal Services, and the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center. Emily also served as an advanced clinical student at the UCI Law Domestic Violence Clinic, where she represented survivors of domestic violence in evidentiary hearings to obtain and renew restraining orders and prepared applications for U-Visas, adjustments of status, and employment authorization requests for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. She was also an advanced clinical student in the UCI Law Veterans Appellate Litigation Clinic, where she helped veterans appeal their denial of disability benefits.

Prior to entering the legal field, Emily worked in the nonprofit sector for 9 years. Emily received her B.A. from Occidental College and her J.D. from the UC Irvine School of Law. She also holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington.

Evan Phoenix, Staff Attorney

Evan Phoenix

Practice Area: Tax Law

Evan Phoenix is a Staff Attorney and Director of the Federal Tax Clinic at Public Law Center (PLC). Prior to joining PLC, Evan directed his project as the ABA Section of Taxation’s 2019-2021 Brunswick Public Service Tax Fellow at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles. Evan’s project entailed providing tax law education; advocacy regarding systemic tax issues; and direct representation of low and moderate-income taxpayers in administrative cases before the Internal Revenue Service and the California Franchise Tax Board, as well as federal litigation before the United States Tax Court. The project focused on expanding the Tax Clinic to include military taxpayers and reduce barriers for Limited English Proficiency taxpayers. Also, Evan served as the Manager of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program with Koreatown Youth & Community Center (KYCC), training and supervising 250 IRS-certified volunteers. He returned to KYCC after completing his fellowship at Bet Tzedek to serve as the Interim Managing Attorney of the Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. Evan earned his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Saint Thomas University College of Law, and his LL.M. in Taxation degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

Hannah Poploskie, Staff Attorney

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

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.

 Allyssa M.G. Scheyer, Staff Attorney

Allyssa Scheyer

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Allyssa Scheyer works in the Immigration Unit and is committed to serving the needs, and protecting the rights, of immigrant populations, who are often underrepresented politically. In law school, Allyssa worked at Loyola Law School’s Immigrant Justice Clinic and ran University of California Irvine, School of Law’s Clean Slate Expungement Clinic at Community Legal Aid of SoCal in Santa Ana, CA. In her last year of law school, Allyssa participated in UCI’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, where she successfully argued an immigration appeals case in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, CA. Prior to working at PLC, Allyssa worked at Immigrant Defenders Law Center, where she represented immigrant youth under the age of 21 in removal proceedings.

Violeta S. Schultz, Staff Attorney

Violeta Schultz

Practice Area: Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project

Violeta Schultz is a Staff Attorney for the Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project. She received her law degree from the University of Guadalajara, and International Business and Economics Law master’s degree (LLM) from the University of Southern California (USC). At USC she was the LLM representative for the Women’s Law Association, member of the Business Society and to the Latinx Chicanx Center for Advocacy and Student Affairs (La CASA). She also founded the USC International Professionals and LLMs Association.

Before joining Public Law Center, Violeta worked at the Orange County Superior Court’s Self-Help Center for over eight years. During her time in the Court, Violeta’s professional Spanish quickly earned her a critical role with the monolingual Spanish speaking community. After her time in the Court, Violeta was a trial attorney for two years in the private sector. She believes that everyone deserves equal access to knowledge and justice regardless of their language, race, and economic means.

The second oldest sibling of six, her favorite pastime is traveling to Guadalajara and spending time with her family. She also enjoys doing yoga and hiking.

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.

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, Supervising Attorney

Ueda, Ryan

Practice Area: Operation Veterans Re-Entry

Ryan is a supervising 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

Verraster, Gina

Practice Area: Operation Veterans Re-Entry

Gina is a Staff Attorney for Operation Veterans Re-Entry at Public Law Center where she assists veterans with civil legal issues. During law school, Gina interned at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence (now Giffords Law Center) and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee with the office of Senator Feinstein. Prior to joining Public Law Center, Gina practiced employment law representing teachers. Gina received a B.A. from UC Berkeley and her J.D. from UC Davis School of Law.

Richard Walker, Supervising Attorney


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.


Sharon I. Almonte, Social Worker

Almonte, Sharon

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.

Leslie Alvarez, Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist

Leslie Alvarez

Practice Area: Immigration

Leslie is an administrative/intake specialist with PLC’s Immigration Unit. She grew up in the Inland Empire and graduated from Ontario High school and then went on to earn a BA degree in paralegal studies from Platt College. Leslie is fluent in Spanish. She plans to continue her education by going to law school and becoming an attorney.

Leslie Blanco, Receptionist

Leslie Blanco

Leslie was born and raised in Orange County, and graduated from Segerstrom High School. Prior to joining Public Law Center, she worked for over 7 years in customer service and as an administrative assistant. She finds satisfaction in helping others when in need and is excited to contribute to PLC’s mission.

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.

Selena Castro, Administrative Assistant/Intake Specialist

Selena Castro

Practice Area: Family Law

Selena is the Administrative Assistant and Intake Specialist for the Family Law Unit. Prior to joining Public Law Center, Selena held an internship as an AmeriCorps member in the JusticeCorps program in the Hayward Hall of Justice Self-Help Center. She also completed an internship with the Hayward Social Security Administration Office. Selena’s introduction to Family Law was her internship with JusticeCorps where she assisted self-represented litigants by providing legal information and preparing forms. Selena is passionate about helping low-income communities and ensuring that poverty is not a barrier for justice. She recently received certification as a Domestic Violence Victim Advocate through WTLC.

She graduated from California State University East-Bay with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a Justice and Enforcement Option in 2018.

Jocelyn Cornelio, Paralegal

Jocelyn Cornelio

Practice Area: Operation Veterans ReEntry and Federal Tax Clinic

Jocelyn is PLC’s Paralegal for the Federal Tax Clinic and the Operation Veterans ReEntry Unit. She works with low-income individuals who are having federal tax issues and veterans who need assistance with housing, discharge, and other related matters. Prior to this, Jocelyn was PLC’s Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) Project Coordinator and worked with survivors 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 assisted 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, Staff Accountant

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.

Ashlie De La Rosa, Paralegal

Ashlie De La Rosa

Practice Area: Family Law Unit

Ashlie De La Rosa is a paralegal in the Family law unit. Ashlie is a first generation Mexican-Guatemalan Latina who started her legal advocacy career through Waymakers as a victim advocate. She also volunteers on the sexual assault hotline as a counselor. Ashlie’s introduction to Family Law was her internship at the Alliance for Children’s Rights where she participated in advocating for children and families. Ashlie is passionate about educating the community of their rights and provides a client centered approach.

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.

Jessica Haynes, Grants and Communications Manager

Jessica Haynes

Jessica Haynes is the Grants and Communications Manager. In this role, Jessica leads on project management and reporting for grants, including implementing grants management systems and working closely with unit heads to onboard new funding opportunities. She also leads on communications including social media, enewsletters, media opportunities, and other organizational communications to support PLC’s work. Prior to joining PLC, Jessica worked in the nonprofit sector for 10 years, primarily in youth programming at international development organizations. Jessica recently received her Master in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University, and graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information, and Technoculture from Western University.

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, Case Assistant

Erika Magallanes

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Erika is the Case Assistant for the Mobilehome Project in the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit. She was born and raised in Orange County. Erika 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.

 Karine Margaryan, Office Manager

Karine Margaryan

As the Office Manager at Public Law Center, Karine leads the administrative and HR operations. With over a decade of experience in various administrative roles and 5 years in the non-profit sector, Karine has discovered her professional niche and her passion and purpose for serving others deeply aligns with PLC’s mission to bring legal assistance, equity, justice and accessible resources to high need, low income and underrepresented communities. Karine earned her undergraduate degree from UCLA in American Literature & Culture. In her leisure, she enjoys creative writing, traveling the globe with her family and friends, hiking, interior decorating and nature photography.

Raphael Munoz, Administrative Assistant

Raphael Munoz

Practice Area: Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit

Raphael is an Administrative Assistant in the Housing and Homeless Prevention Unit. While studying at the University of Chester, he volunteered at the Carr Bridge Community Center helping families and individuals find the right resources to get them back on their feet. Now graduated with a BSc in Criminology, he wants to be a part of the PLC team that strives to fight the injustices people experience.

Yirat Nieves, Administrative Assistant

Yirat Nieves

Practice Area: Immigration Unit

Yirat is an Administrative Assistant in the Immigration Unit and assists in providing legal assistance to Orange County’s low income residents. She attended Tufts University in Massachusetts and graduated with bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and Community Health and a minor in Latino Studies. Before joining PLC’s staff, Yirat volunteered with PLC as a Spanish language interpreter primarily assisting at PLC’s Courthouse Guardianship Clinic, at several Immigration Unit Clinics, and with Pro Bono Attorney/Client meetings.

Liliana Rosas, Paralegal

Liliana Rosas