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October 2017

Los Angeles Lawyer October 2017 Issue
LA Lawyer article by Mark Garscia, an ad for Domestic Violence Awareness month and an ad for CFJ Board nominations.

update October 2017 Issue
Below are the Update pieces from the October update.

 CFJ Thumb Orrick Supports LACBA's Legal Services Projects with Volunteers and $30,000 Donation
LACBA Counsel for Justice thanks Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe for their generous $30,000 contribution to support LACBA's legal services projects. Through Orrick’s Pro Bono Counsel, Rene Kathawala, Orrick attorneys have been logging pro bono hours for the past six years. In 2016, 35 Orrick attorneys and support staff volunteered with LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, AIDS Legal Services Project, and Veterans Legal Services Project, donating more than 1,000 pro bono hours. Orrick’s latest volunteer work has been around coordinating a team to support the LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project at the AIDS Walk on October 15, 2017. We also welcome Geoffrey Moss of Orrick, who recently joined the LACBA Counsel for Justice Board of Directors.
 dvp-logo October is Domestic Violence Month 

Kelly moved slowly while walking into LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Service Project (DVP) at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. She had reason; her torso had three bullet wounds; shot by her ex-boyfriend. Even though he was arrested, Kelly’s children would be taken from her if she didn’t get a restraining order. With the help of one of our volunteers, Kelly was granted a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and was able to keep her family together.

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 ALSP-logo Support LACBA's AIDS Legal Services Project—2017 AIDS Walk Los Angeles, October 15
How does it feel to be an immigrant living with HIV in the US today? Vulnerable. “In need of special care, support, or protection because of age, disability, or risk of abuse or neglect.” Those are many of the clients helped by the LACBA AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP).

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 Carlos Dominguez Photo
DVP Volunteer Carlos Dominguez Shares the Story of Why He Helps

Carlos Dominguez is a deputy attorney general with the California Attorney General’s office, where he practices criminal appellate law.  He became interested in volunteering with LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) because he worked at a domestic violence clinic while in law school. That experience showed him the need for volunteers and the immediate impact pro bono attorneys can have on the lives of victims of domestic violence.

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 Veterans Project logo A Summer of Thanks From the Veterans Legal Services Project

Summer of 2017 was very busy at the LACBA Veterans Legal Services Project, and we have many people and groups to thank. First, the Veterans Project thanks the LACBA Family Law Section Executive Committee and the Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center for making our August 15 Family Law Clinic the most successful of its kind to date. Becky Miller Esq., of Levitt & Quinn, provided a wonderfully informative, “Family Law 101” presentation. Levitt & Quinn followed up with free consultations for Veterans on their family law matters including divorce, custody, military benefits as community property, etc. We look forward to continuing this collaboration on November 14th, 2017.

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September 2017

Los Angeles Lawyer September 2017 Issue

 Monica-Bustos-Photo DVP Welcomes New Project Attorney Monica Bustos

The Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) is pleased to welcome Monica Bustos as its new Project Attorney. Monica will be tasked with providing legal services to the thousands of domestic violence victims that DVP sees each year. Prior to attending Lewis & Clark Law School, Monica was a Victims Advocate with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office before going on to become a law clerk in their Victim Impact Program and Hardcore Gang Unit.  She also interned at the National Crime Victims Law Institute while in law school. Monica brings a vast knowledge of problems that affect victims of violence and the services they may require. Her experience working with victims makes her a valued member of DVP.

 dvp-logo-new1215 DVP Needs Volunteers Like you to Help Victims of Domestic Violence

LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) is in immediate need of volunteers to help victims of domestic violence at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse. Our clients need your help to prepare complicated and lengthy legal documents, which are required in order to file for a Temporary Restraining Order and other legal protection from their abuser.

No prior experience is necessary, and onsite training is provided.

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 Colleen Hart Photo CFJ Board Member Colleen Hart to Receive 2017 Century City Chamber of Commerce Women of Achievement Award

LACBA congratulates Counsel for Justice Board Member Colleen Hart, who will be presented with the Century City Chamber of Commerce 2017 Women of Achievement Award, on Tuesday, September 19th at 5:30 p.m., at the InterContinental Los Angeles Century City Hotel.

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 ALSP-logo AIDS Legal Services Project Success Story—Bankruptcy

LACBA’s AIDS Legal Services Project (ALSP) is grateful to have volunteer attorneys like Henry Glowa, who has been an ALSP volunteer for over 20 years, providing desperately needed bankruptcy relief for overwhelmed clients. Mr. Glowa is a sole practitioner who specializes in business law, bankruptcy, and estate planning.

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August 2017

Los Angeles Lawyer August 2017 Issue

 ALSP-logo Dental Discrimination

Sadly, there continues to be stigma and discrimination associated with HIV 30 years after the beginning of the epidemic, and the advent of universal precautions, which reduce healthcare transmission to zero.

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 veterans project logo Veterans Project Helps Navy Veteran Clear Outstanding Tickets Leading to New Opportunities

Leron Franklin came to LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project in June of 2015. Mr. Franklin is a U.S. Navy veteran who worked in tracking and navigation during Operation Iraqi Freedom prior to his discharge in November 2010. While serving his county, he suffered permanent and lifelong injuries and is currently rated at 80 percent disabled.

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July 2017

Los Angeles Lawyer July 2017 Issue

 outstanding service awards recap thumb LACBA Honors Volunteers at the Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Reception—Also Recognizes Newest 50-Year Club Members 

Nearly 100 LACBA volunteers and supporters came together at the 2017 LACBA Outstanding Volunteer Service Awards Reception on May 24, to celebrate and honor volunteers who have donated their time and talents to LACBA and its legal services projects.

Former LACBA and State Bar of California President Patrick M. Kelly, who served as emcee for the reception, commended the volunteers for the impact on the practice of law and in delivering critical pro bono services for those who cannot afford an attorney or understand how to access the justice system.  

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Counsel for Justice Logo Orrick is a Strong Partner with LACBA Counsel for Justice

The law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Orrick) continues to be an essential partner to several of LACBA’s Legal Services Projects through its support of LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ). Orrick volunteers work tirelessly, across multiple practice areas, to assist the most powerless populations of Los Angeles.  In 2016, 35 Orrick attorneys and support staff volunteered with three of LACBA’s projects: Domestic Violence Legal Services (DVP), AIDS Legal Services (ALSP), and Veterans Legal Services (Veterans Project), donating an incredible 1,018 hours.  

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Domestic Violence Project logo Domestic Violence Between Fathers and Sons
Manual, age 58 years, came to the clinic.  He was unsure where to seek help, because his abuser was his son, not his wife. Staff told him he was in the right place. This is his story:

“My son, Robert, is 28 years old. For the last five years, he has been in and out of jail for petty theft crimes to feed his meth use. Lately, he has very aggressive and frightening at home.

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May 2017

Los Angeles Lawyer May 2017 Issue

 Veterans Project logo LACBA's Veterans Legal Services Project Receives $654,000 Cy Pres Award
LACBA would like to thank its Armed Forces Committee, in particular attorney Ronald Bae, for securing a $654,000 Cy Pres Award to support LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project (Veterans Project). The award resulted from the settlement in a recent class action case and will allow the Veterans Project to expand its current services and offer new legal services for veterans.  

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 Laurie-Aronoff-Photo LACBA Congratulates Laurie Aronoff

LACBA congratulates Laurie Aronoff, Director of its AIDS Legal Services Project and Pro Bono Coordinator, who was presented with Southwestern Law School’s Public Service Award during its 8th Annual Public Service Luncheon. She received the award for her work in developing and coordinating the Small Claims Project collaboration.

The Small Claims Workshop and Clinic, which is held monthly at Southwestern Law School, prepares both plaintiffs and defendants for their day in court. Volunteer attorneys explain Small Claims Court policies and procedures, and are then available, along with volunteer law students from Southwestern’s SCALE program, to meet with litigants to consult about their individual matter. Since its founding in 2009, the Small Claims Workshop and Clinic has helped close to 2,500 litigants, and was the recipient of a California State Bar award in 2012 for Distinguished Pro Bono Services for creating this innovative program. 

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February 2017

Los Angeles Lawyer February 2017 Issue

 Immigration Project thumb Helping Educate the Immigrant Community about their Legal Rights

One of the goals of the Immigration Legal Assistance Project (ILAP) is to help educate the immigrant community about their legal rights. By knowing their rights they can help themselves. By helping themselves they can keep their families together. ILAP helps the community in two ways—providing accurate information about the immigration process and law, and by working with the Immigration Court to ensure that persons in deportation proceedings also know their rights. There are many “notarios” and consultants acting as though they are licensed attorneys. These unlicensed, unethical self-appointed immigration consultants illegally present themselves as lawyers and share inaccurate advice with their unsuspecting clients. By working with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration Court, ILAP has helped the immigrant community counter this wide spread abuse.

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Domestic Violence Legal Services Project logo Thank you for Your Support of the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project in 2016

Last year 4,254 intimate abuse victims visited LACBA’s Domestic Violence Project (DVP) at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Downtown Los Angeles for pro bono legal services. We thank them for trusting us with their stories of brutality. We thank them for the confidence they have in our advice. We thank them for the opportunity to protect them and their minor children. It is our honor to be part of their healing. To learn more about DVP, CLICK HERE. 

Golf Tournament Thumb Registration Open: Take a Swing at a Million Bucks While Supporting LACBA's Legal Services Projects

Join us on Monday, May 22, 2017 for your chance to take a swing at $1,000,000 at LACBA Counsel for Justice (CFJ) Annual Charity Golf Tournament at the beautiful TPC Valencia. 

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