Legal Aid Orange County Bar Association

We are strongly committed to holistic legal aid for low-income residents. Community Legal Aid SoCal promotes equal access to the justice system through advocacy, self-help services, community building, legal advice and advocacy. We provide free, high-quality civilian services to the most vulnerable members of society, whose human rights and basic needs are at risk and for whom there are significant obstacles to justice. ORANGE COUNTY VIP MENTORS Orange County VIP Mentors is a mentorship program that recruits lawyers to mentor probation officers to build friendships, build support systems and change lives. With the help of a volunteer lawyer, a probation officer can learn to become a responsible, self-reliant and productive member of the community. Lawyers are encouraged to participate in this exciting and rewarding program. For more information on VIP mentors, contact Program Director Keith Chau at 714.558.4969 or email Pro bono legal services are an important part of the association`s activities. The program is administered by Hudson Valley Legal Services. They provide legal services to families and individuals threatened with deportation, public services (federal and state), families and persons with disabilities and HIV-positive persons, and families with developmental children. Legal Aid remains a local program with centralized volunteer support whose dedication allows for the provision of civilian services primarily in Orange County.

Legal Aid is particularly proud of its pro bono programs and one of them, the Guardian ad Litem program. The Orange County Legal Aid Society is based in Goshen and provides legal services to people accused of crimes and financially eligible adults in family court matters. The company is a non-profit corporation with a board of directors and is primarily funded by the county government. It has a team of 14 lawyers led by Chief Counsel, Gary Abramson. The Legal Aid Society was founded in the early 1960s as a volunteer organization and was founded by lawyers who are members of the Orange County Bar Association. Volunteer lawyers agreed to accept referrals in civil and criminal cases for residents who could not afford a lawyer. In 1967, the organization was officially founded in Florida as a non-profit organization under the name Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association, Inc. It hired its first manager and full-time employee and offered free civil law services. Currently, Legal Aid employs approximately 45 people, including 18 lawyers, and coordinates the time and cash contributions of over 3,000 volunteers – lawyers and non-lawyers. The primary goal of the Legal Services Society is to provide quality legal services to low-income residents, working poor, children and disadvantaged groups with special legal needs in Orange County, Florida, and to help provide legal aid services to like-minded residents of neighboring counties through an efficient and financially sound program through the joint efforts of staff and lawyers. Volunteers. Help.

LAW DAY The OCBA sponsors several charitable activities each year to celebrate Law Day on May 1. Activities that will continue for a two-week period following Law Day include: speakers at seniors` centres, speakers at high schools and high schools, mock trials in elementary schools, the Liberty Bell and Harmon G. Scoville Awards, Call-A-Lawyer and access to justice. Legal Aid welcomes contributions from the public as well as lawyers. We offer secure online donations through Acceptiva. We are a 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax deductible. THE ORANGE COUNTY CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS FOUNDATION CRF-OC WAS FOUNDED IN 1981 AND IS DEDICATED TO ENGAGING AND EMPOWERING YOUNG PEOPLE TO LEAD RESPONSIBLE AND PRODUCTIVE LIVES. Through OC-RTC`s education and entertainment programs, Orange County High School students gain a greater appreciation for opportunities and gain valuable life skills that help them prepare for adulthood. Call 949.679.0730 or visit the CRF-OC website for more information. VOLUNTEER CONNECTION DAY This annual event, hosted by the Volunteer Center of Orange County, coordinates volunteers for projects throughout our community. OCBA`s volunteer lawyers work on a different project each year. Since its inception, the program has been located at various locations in downtown Orlando.

In 1978, the Orange County Bar Association and Legal Aid purchased a building on North Orange Avenue. In 1990, Legal Aid moved to its current location at the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Robinson Street. The Public Law Center (PLC) is the only private public interest law firm dedicated to the needs of Orange County`s low-income population. Through PLC`s Pro Bono Assistance Project, AIDS Legal Aid Project, Southeast Asia Legal Aid Project or Family Law Project, OCBA members can use their skills for the common good. United Way – United Way Fund – Meeting the immediate needs of refugee families (shelter, food, medicine, child and infant care, etc.) Global Empowerment Mission – Helping refugees with plane or train tickets to reach their family members in Europe. OCBA FOOD DRIVE OCBA lawyers work to fight hunger in our community, the annual OCBA food drive. During the month-long trip, barrels of donations will be made available at OCBA offices, as well as law firms and law schools in Orange County. Donations are distributed through local food banks. World Central Kitchen – Feeding refugees at the Polish border.

Case Types: AIDS/HIV, bankruptcy, IBD, consumer, custody, dissolution of marriage, domestic violence, education, old law, employment, health, housing, immigration, individual rights, youth, public benefits, real estate, wills and estates Case restrictions: Only certain dissolutions with custody and personal responsibility of the spouse. ORANGEWOOD OUTREACH OCBA volunteers spend the morning playing games and reading stories to the children at Orangewood Children`s Home. Orangewood cares for children who are victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. They need to spend time with people who care about them and interact with the outside world. OCBA members are encouraged to give back to the community. OCBA`s professional conduct objectives require a commitment of 35 hours per year in pro bono work. OCBA supports several worthwhile community projects through donations, volunteers, and public relations. Here is an incomplete list:.

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