As students head back to school and preparations begin for one last summer BBQ, PLC is reminded of some key events from the last three months.
PLC kicked off the summer with our annual Volunteers for Justice Dinner, which raised $725,000 for free civil legal aid for Orange County’s poorest and most vulnerable residents. During the dinner, guests watched three touching videos of PLC’s impact on the local community. One of the videos told the story of the Miracle Terrace, where low-income senior residents of the apartment complex were faced with choices such as paying their rent increases of 80 percent or buying much needed medication. PLC’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Prevention Unit helped turn this tragic tale into a true holiday miracle right before Thanksgiving last year.
Check out PLC’s YouTube page to see the other VFJ videos. For the first time ever, you can also hear from PLC leaders and the 2015 VFJ honorees on the Lawyer Warrior Podcast, which was recorded live in Irvine during this year’s dinner.
PLC also welcomed our first ever Director of Operations, Cathy Ogilvie, this summer. Cathy joins us from the Mission Hospital Foundation. She has a strong background in both nonprofit and legal community operations having not only played that role at the foundation, but also for two corporate legal departments.
Finally, as the summer comes to an end, PLC will be saying goodbye to our incredible 2015 Summer Law Clerkship Class. For the last few months, ten of the best and brightest future lawyers joined our mission to provide access to justice for low-income and vulnerable residents of Orange County. We know they will each continue to contribute to the public interest and pro bono arena in their journeys ahead. Thank you and good luck, Alex, Simarpreet, Jorge, Tom, Andrew, Jack, Josette, Allie, Joseph, and Honieh!