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AIDS Project:

A special will panel provides simple wills and related documents to persons with AIDS, ARC and who are HIV positive. Attorneys interview clients at support groups such as Hope and Help, Centaur or Miracle of Love. Attorneys commit to four dates at one of the three sites. For more information, please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Attorneys Fighting For Seriously Ill Children:

Attorneys will provide assistance for families with children who are suffering from a critical illness. These families in crisis need help with insurance, wills, trusts, credit problems, bankruptcy, review of real estate documents and other issues. Panel attorneys will not do litigation, but provide advice, counseling, referral and outreach. Preference will be given to government attorneys and corporate counsel. For more information, please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Citizen Dispute Settlement / Family Mediation:

Attorneys serve as mediators for the OCBA sponsored programs of CDS and Family Mediation. For CDS, attorneys agree to act as mediators for disputes over civil matters such as neighborhood disputes, landlord/tenant, etc. For Family Mediation, attorneys with specific training requirements act as mediators in family law matters. Preference for participation is given to government attorneys and corporate counsel and because a schedule is needed by mid-January, slots are assigned on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Education Panel:

Government attorneys (assistant state attorneys, public defenders, city and county attorneys) and in-house corporate counsel agree to speak to community groups and participate in community programs that impact low-income residents of Orange County. Attorneys speak on a variety of topics and discuss the Legal Aid Society as well. Brochures about Legal Aid are provided. For more information, please contact Larri Thatcher, Intake Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Earned Income Credit / Tax Assistance Project:

Attorneys will provide assistance to eligible clients with preparing their returns, especially with obtaining the earned income tax credit. Training will be provided. Preference will be given to government attorneys and corporate counsel and volunteers will need to be available in February for 5 to 7 dates when the clinics are held. For more information, please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Homeless Advocacy Project:

This project began its pro bono component in 1992. Attorneys conduct intake at a variety of food and shelter sites around the Orange County area each month. Cases identified for specific legal assistance can be handled by the interviewing attorney or referred through the pro bono panel. For more information, please contact Jay Mobley, Project Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nonprofit Incorporation Project:

Attorneys assist eligible community groups with initial incorporation and obtaining 501-c-3 status. Attorneys should expect to assist with both incorporation and 501-c-3 status. For more information please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boy sitting by brick wallTeen Court:

This diversion program was created to help juveniles who have been accused of misdemeanors. The juveniles will appear at a teen court composed of other teens as prosecutor, defense attorney, and jury. Pro bono attorneys will serve as advisors and trainers and preference will be given to judges, government and corporate attorneys. Attorneys should expect to be available for 12 sessions or about 30 hours. For more information, please contact Cathy Tucker, Pro Bono Coordinator, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Teen Parent Education Project:

Attorneys teach a class on legal issues for teen parents at ninth grade classes in Orange County Public Schools. For more information, please contact, Marie Priebe, Teen Parent Project Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Telephone Screening:

Government and in house corporate counsel answer telephones on Saturday mornings from 9 until noon at the Legal Aid Society office and screen callers for appointments. A schedule is set at the beginning of each year and a training is offered. For more information, please contact, Larri Thatcher, Intake Supervisor, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

VALOR Project of Orange County:

Attorneys meet with U.S. Military Veterans at VA Medical Center to provide legal consultation. Clinic has hours twice each month. Participants are expected to attend once each month. Cases identified for legal assistance can be handled by the interviewing attorney or referred through the pro bono panel. For more information please contact Jay Mobley, Project Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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