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July 2013 LACBF.ORG  Donate to the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation

The 4th Annual Charity Golf Tournament is a Resounding Success thanks to you!


Foursomes wait to hit the tees to golf for a great cause

A sold-out contingent of 144 golfers came together on June 17th at the beautiful Tournament Players Club in Valencia to support the Foundation and LACBA's public service projects.  Teams of golfers gave it their best shot in helping to raise more than $40,000 to support legal services for those with the least access to justice.  To learn more about the golf tournament, click here.


 


Can You Help Save Maclay's Youth Peer Mediation Program?

 

“I was afraid to come to school because I didn’t feel safe and didn’t have anyone to go to for help. I was going to drop out.” – Maclay Middle School Student

Pacoima’s Maclay Middle School sits in one of the toughest neighborhoods in the San Fernando Valley, a “neutral site” between two rival gangs just outside its gates. It’s a place where just three years ago disputes were settled with fists rather than words, and survival, not getting an education, was a student’s priority.

Since then, a new principal arrived, along with the Center for Civic Mediation’s Peer Mediation Program, and things have started to turn around.

Today, students resolve disputes with words rather than fists. When a conflict arises (name calling, bullying, or fighting), students are brought together for a voluntary peer mediation conducted by Maclay students themselves.

The results have been remarkable. Suspensions have dropped significantly, and the school’s academic performance has improved as well. However, because the Peer Mediation Program’s private funding ends this year, the school is in real jeopardy of losing a program that is available to each student and has made a positive impact on the school and, by extension, the community.

“The Peer Mediation Program gives the students words they can use to stop the bullying rather than resorting to fighting,” said Maclay’s Principal Veronica Arreguin. “It’s vital that we keep it.”

Watch KNBC’s story about the program’s importance to Maclay Middle School.

 

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Protecting the Parental Rights of Active-Duty Petty Officer

 

“When I think about how (your pro bono attorneys) defended my paternal rights, it brings me to tears.” - John

“John,” an active-duty Navy Petty Officer Third Class, sent a heartfelt thank you letter to LACBA’s Armed Forces Committee pro bono attorneys who represented him during his custody fight for his son.

His ex-wife wasn’t allowing him to see his son despite an existing parental rights and visitation agreement. Making his case even more difficult was the fact that John was on deployment much of the time his parental rights were being challenged.

We were able to find a pro bono attorney to represent John in this matter.

John’s case was successfully resolved, and he wrote us a wonderful thank you letter on behalf of him and his son stating, “The most rewarding gift you've given me is the opportunity to show him that I love him.”

Your support of the LACBA Foundation made a huge difference in John’s life. Please read John’s thank you letter and learn more about his story, click here.


Foundation Highlights

Orrick Donates $25,000 to DVP and ALSP; Establishes New Collaboration with DVP to Help Victims of Abuse

We would like to thank Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for their significant financial contribution of $25,000 to support LACBA's Domestic Violence and AIDS Legal Services Projects. The funds from the donation will go toward helping victims of abuse at DVP's clinics at the Stanley Mosk and Pasadena courthouses, as well as helping stop discrimination of people living with HIV and AIDS in the workplace by insurance companies, medical professionals, and more.

Orrick and DVP also initiated a collaborative relationship, in which the Project refers abuse victims to Orrick for full representation at their upcoming hearings for permanent orders.  Orrick's associates will provide this pro bono legal service, gaining valuable trial experience and contributing to the well-being of the domestic violence community.

LACBA's Domestic Violence Project Profiled on KNBC
Watch KNBC's profile of LACBA's Domestic Violence Project (DVP) and its importance in the community! Thank you to everyone for your support of DVP and to the many law firms who provide pro bono attorneys to help victims of domestic violence in our community.



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