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Derek Owen Wallen honored with the Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award

LACBA DVP is pleased to honor volunteer Derek Wallen. Having given over 300 hours of pro bono time to assist victims of violence, he is the perfect example of what makes a wonderful volunteer! Congratulations Derek!

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(pictured left to right: Brian Condon, CFJ President; Kendra Thomas, LACBA Board of Trustees; Derek Wallen, Hon. Benjamin Aranda III Outstanding Public Service Award Honoree; Sara Rondon, LACBA DVP Director; Mark Garscia, CFJ Immediate Past President)

 



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

Congratulations Carlos!

 

2018-Volunteer-Luncheon

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2018 Volunteer of the Year- Carlos Dominguez

 

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Colleen Keating
Carlos Dominguez
Honorable Jean Rosenbluth

 

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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

 



LACBA Domestic Violence Legal Services Project to Receive a $10,000 Grant from the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists Foundation.
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(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
Mark Andersen

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(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.




 LACBA DVP Staff 2017

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, battered and broken victims of domestic violence have solemnly made the trip to Los Angeles Superior Court seeking help. With them come their wounds, their injuries, their fears, and often their children. Navigating the judicial maze that comprises Stanley Mosk Courthouse is an intimidating task. Yet the victims come. They are sent by law enforcement, shelters, social workers, or driven by their personal desire for physical salvation and safety.

They come because they have been told there is help. And they are right... there is help. That help is you…volunteers. Often, the relief sought is granted on the same day.  Volunteers are attorneys, paralegals, and law students, and they work under the supervision of the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project.

Attorney volunteer Geoffrey Moss says, “Volunteering at LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services 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.”

Volunteer sessions are during court hours Monday-Friday. No prior experience necessary, but computer efficiency is required. Onsite training is provided by DVP staff. No ongoing representation is necessary. Bring with you nothing but your compassion and willingness to make a difference in someone's life.

Thank you on behalf of those we serve. 

CONTACT US:
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LEGAL SERVICES PROJECT
(Spanish-speaking services available)
Public Information Line (213) 624-3665
Director, Sara Rondon  Send an Email
Administrative Calls Only (213) 896-6491