The Public Law Center’s Services

The Public Law Center’s 35 staff members work with over 1,500 Orange County lawyers, paralegals, law students and other volunteers annually to provide free civil legal services, including: counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.

We also provide free legal advice and representation to qualifying Orange County non-profit organizations and small businesses. Click here to learn more about our Community Organization Legal Assistance Project (COLAP), or read our quarterly Helping Communities Thrive e-newsletters.

Our Services

PLC’s advocacy and impact litigation efforts are broad based and and focus on a variety of issues affecting the poor and underserved in Orange County.

PLC works to preserve and create affordable housing in Orange County, prevent homelessness, and assist tenants who are being unfairly evicted or who are subjected to sub-standard living conditions.

PLC educates clients about the impact of bankruptcy and the options available under the bankruptcy code, and is able to provide free assistance for clients facing burdensome consumer debts, through the use of volunteer attorneys, staff attorneys and clinics at PLC and the federal courthouse.

PLC conducts a variety of legal clinics throughout Orange County, many of them located at courthouses.

PLC’s Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP) makes free legal services available to community-based nonprofit organizations and child care centers and providers. PLC will also help micro-business owners who meet certain eligibility criteria.

PLC advises, provides brief services, and refers cases to our network of volunteer attorneys on a wide variety of issues including unfair sales practices, identity theft, creditor harassment and predatory lending.

PLC assists domestic violence victims and those seeking to finalize their divorce by providing necessary court forms so they can obtain the relief they seek.

The AIDS Legal Assistance Project (ALAP) is Orange County’s only legal service program dedicated to assisting low-income persons living with HIV or AIDS.

PLC assists undocumented immigrant victims in filing for various forms of immigration relief, engages in broad-based impact litigation, and provides community education on immigration issues.

PLC staff provide PLC’s full range of legal services in collaboration with medical professionals across Orange County in community clinics, cancer centers and hospitals.

PLC developed the Southeast Asian Legal Outreach Program (SEALOP) in 1993 to provide free civil legal assistance to the underserved Southeast Asian community in Orange County.

The Operation Veterans Re-Entry Program provides Orange County veterans and their families free legal assistance to facilitate their re-entry into civilian life.

To learn more about our services for low-income and vulnerable residents, watch one of our videos, or see our list of services.