OCBA members are encouraged to give back to the community. The OCBA Goals of Professional Conduct call for a commitment of 35 hours per year in pro bono work. The OCBA supports several worthwhile community projects through donations, volunteers and publicity. The following is a partial listing:
OCBA volunteers spend the morning playing games and reading stories to the children at Orangewood Children’s Home. Orangewood cares for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. They need to spend time with people who care, and interact with the outside world.
VOLUNTEER CONNECTION DAY
This annual event, organized by the Volunteer Center of Orange County, coordinates volunteers for projects throughout our community. OCBA attorney volunteers work together on a different project each year.
The OCBA sponsors several community service activities in celebration of Law Day on May 1 each year. The activities, continuing for a two week period following Law Day, include: Speakers in Senior Centers, Speakers in High Schools and Junior High Schools, Mock Trials in Elementary Schools, Presentation of the Liberty Bell and Harmon G. Scoville Awards, Call-A-Lawyer and Access to Justice.
CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION OF ORANGE COUNTY
Established in 1981, CRF-OC is dedicated to involving and empowering youth to lead responsible and productive lives. Through CRF-OC educational and diversion programs, Orange County high school students gain a greater appreciation of the opportunities available to them and learn valuable life skills that will help them prepare for adulthood. Call 949.440.6757 or visit the CRF-OC website for more information.
PUBLIC LAW CENTER
The Public Law Center (PLC) is the only private bar, public interest law firm dedicated to meeting the needs of the low-income population of Orange County. Through PLC’s Pro Bono Assistance Project, AIDS Legal Assistance Project, Southeast Asian Legal Assistance Project or Family Law Project, OCBA members can use their skills for the public good.
TEENAGE LEGAL SURVIVAL SKILLS
The Teenage Legal Survival Skills program gives OCBA attorneys an opportunity to serve their community and the high school students of Orange County. Volunteer attorneys visit high school classrooms to make presentations on legal survival skills for teens. A 45 minute presentations will deal specifically with the responsibilities students will face upon turning eighteen.
VIP MENTORS ORANGE COUNTY
VIP Mentors Orange County is a mentoring program that recruits attorneys to mentor parolees in an effort to establish friendships, build support systems and change lives. With the assistance of an attorney volunteer, a parolee may learn to become a responsible, self-reliant and productive member of the community. Attorneys are encouraged to participate in this exciting and rewarding program. For more information about VIP Mentors, contact Program Director Keith Chau at 714.558.4969 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCBA FOOD DRIVE
OCBA attorneys work to fight hunger in our community the annual OCBA Food Drive. During this month-long drive, donation drop-off barrels are made available at the OCBA offices and in law offices and law schools throughout Orange County. The donations are distributed through local food banks.