31 Days of Awareness for
Domestic Violence Awareness Month- October 2020
Jennifer Bonneville of Steptoe & Johnson receives the Honorable Benjamin Aranda III award for her outstanding service to the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.
Having been a volunteer for over 7 years, and giving over 300 hours of pro bono time, in 2018 Jennifer joined the Counsel for Justice Board, and actively recruits volunteers for all of the Legal Services Project.
Congratulations and Thank You Jennifer!
L-R: DVP Director Sara Rondon and award recipient Jennifer Bonneville of Steptoe & Johnson
Jim McCullaugh Receives the LA County Volunteer of the Year Award From the LA County Board of Supervisors
On April 3rd, 2019, Domestic Violence Legal Services Project volunteer, Jim McCaullugh, was honored as a Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Until recently he had his own private practice in Sherman Oaks focusing on family law and estate planning. In the early part of his career he was a journalist/editor for Billboard Magazine and was later publisher of American Cinematographer magazine. He still consults in the publishing world. Having volunteered with DVP since 2014, and given over 550 hours of his time, Jim was selected for his dedication to providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.
“What inspires me about the work is that we can help people on the same day as they come in. There is an immediacy about it that is profound and it genuinely feels that we are helping to stop imminent harm. It’s some of the most fulfilling work I have ever done.” –Jim McCaullugh
For information on volunteering with the DVP please visit https://www.lacba.org/domestic-violence-legal-services-project
Carlos Dominguez Honored as a Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year
On April 23, 2018, Domestic Violence Project Volunteer, Carlos Dominguez, was honored as a Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year. Carlos is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Attorney General's Office, where he practices criminal appellate law. Having volunteered with the DVP since 2015, and given over 150 hours of his time, Carlos was selected for his dedication to providing legal assistance to victims of domestic violence. Every month, he takes time to come into the clinic to help victims, showing compassion and respect for each person he assists. His positive attitude, warm demeanor, and professionalism are all valued by our clients and staff. As a native Spanish speaker, his help is particularly effective and needed in the community.
"The Domestic Violence Project provides victims with first-rate legal help and a safe environment in which to share their stories. It’s rewarding to help victims through the complicated process of obtaining a restraining order. For many, the experience reveals courage that they never realized they had." *Carlos Dominguez
2018 Volunteer of the Year- Carlos Dominguez
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Honorable Jean Rosenbluth
Stanley Bissey- LACBA Executive Director
Sara Rondon- LACBA DVP Director
Carlos Dominguez- 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Monica Bustos- LACBA DVP Attorney
Mireya Perez- LACBA DVP Paralegal
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Raises Over $33,000 to Support DVP
LACBA Counsel for Justice and the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) would like to thank each of the volunteers, firms, and organizations who contributed to the success of #LACBA_DVP #31DaysofAwareness social media awareness campaign. Through their efforts, we raised more than $33,000 to support DVP’s work with domestic violence victims at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles in conjunction with October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Thank you to our Sponsors
Aptus Court Reporting
Arnold & Porter
Barkley Court Reporters
Cast & Crew
Clyde & Co US LLP
Holland & Knight
Jill and David Cossman
K. Rossi Consulting
Lawyers’ Mutual Insurance Company
Los Angeles Dodgers
Mihaly Schuyler & Mitchell
Noga Boothby Court Reporters
O'Melveny & Myers
Roth Family Foundation - Dana Garcetti Boldt
Roth Family Foundation - Sukey and Gil Garcetti
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Steptoe & Johnson
Supervisor Janice Hahn
The Fromholz Firm
The Ripple Family
(L-R): Lori Garscia
Mark Garscia, LACBA Counsel For Justice President
Joseph Bell, ACFLS Foundation President
Sara Rondon, LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Director
(L-R): Mark Garscia, LACBA Counsel For Justice President
Sara Rondon, LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Director
Joseph Bell, ACFLS Foundation, President
Kendra Thomas, LACBA Board of Trustees
LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project Testimonials
LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project has assisted more than 100,000 men, women and children since it was founded more than 35 years ago. Below, a few of those survivors share their story of how the Project helped them down the path to a safer life.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
Click here to read a special section from Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine featuring LACBA's Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.
About the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project
For more than three decades, survivors of domestic violence have made the trip to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles Superior seeking help. They are sent by law enforcement, shelters, social workers, or driven by their own goals for safety, stability, and accountability.
However, engaging the legal process around domestic violence restraining orders is at best intimidating, and at worst impossible or even dangerous. Our courts were not designed to be navigated by litigants who lack legal training and must advocate for themselves while facing potentially life-altering consequences based on the outcome of their case
The DVP is there to help bridge the access to justice gap for self-represented litigants in restraining order cases. Help is provided by volunteer attorneys, law students, and others working with the DVP.
Attorney volunteer Geoffrey Moss says, “Volunteering at the LACBA Counsel for Justice Domestic Violence Project has been a rewarding way to give back and provide immediate, meaningful help to those in need. Domestic violence is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, and the Project is a wonderful resource to help them navigate a daunting and unfamiliar legal system. Giving back to the community through pro bono work is an expectation at my firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and the fact that six Orrick associates choose to give their time to the project speaks volumes about its importance.”
During the court closure due to the pandemic, DVP volunteers are providing services remotely. Volunteer sessions are during court hours Monday-Friday. No prior experience necessary, but computer efficiency is required. Training is provided by DVP. No ongoing representation is necessary.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL SERVICES PROJECT
Public Information Line (213) 624-3665
Director, Diane Trunk Send an Email
Administrative Calls Only (213) 896-6550
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