The purpose of the Pro Bono Committee is to assess the needs in the community and to coordinate training programs for attorney members with the Public Law Center. The current programs that the Committee oversees are listed here.
Domestic Violence Project
The Domestic Violence Project provides training one or two times a year for attorney volunteers who wish to participate in legal clinics which take place at Orange County domestic violence shelters in Santa Ana and Ladera Ranch in the evenings.
Attorney volunteers are trained to participate in legal clinics held at the Lamoreaux Justice Center every Monday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 (excluding court holidays). This legal clinic assists relatives through the legal process to gain guardianship of the child. The project also involves accepting cases from the Public Law Center.
Family Law Basic Training
This educational program provides training for attorneys in basic family law issues. Attendees must put their new skills to work by accepting two pro bono cases from the Public Law Center.
A basic training is provided for attorneys who want to volunteer at legal clinics held at the Orange County Bankruptcy Court. These clinics help low-income pro se debtors understand their rights regarding reaffirmation agreements and Chapter 7 filings.
Immigration News For Orange County (INFO) Project
In conjunction with the Public Law Center, community education presentations in the area of immigration law are presented currently in South Orange County on a bi-annual basis. The Committee is currently working on expanding this program.
The Committee is always in need of new members that wish to become active in any of the above programs or in the creation of new programs that address the community needs. The Committee is open to all OCBA members and meets at noon on the second Tuesday of every other month. The meetings are in Newport Beach.
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