Largest pro bono law firm in the nation. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
Organization Website

Twitter: @publiccounsel
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Primary geographic focus: Southern California, Southwestern California
Organization Type: Provider
LAAC Membership Type: Members
Lists: IOLTA-Funded, IOLTA Field Programs
Tags: Children, Community Outreach: Health Care, Community Outreach: Youth, Consumer Protection, Education, Family, Housing: Homelessness, Immigration, Pro Bono, Pro Se/Self-Help, Veterans

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation. Public Counsel works with over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals that assist over 30,000 children, youth, families, and community organizations every year.

Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations as well as the Southern California affiliate of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The substantive areas in which Public Counsel works include: veterans advocacy, appellate law, federal pro se, community development, child care, education, homelessness prevention, children’s rights, adoption, consumer protection, bankruptcy, immigration, domestic violence, human trafficking, and equal access to the law.

Public Counsel



PRESS/RESEARCH FROM THIS SOURCE

Press Release

‘Being A Woman Is Not A Pre-Existing Condition’ – Class Action Suit Challenges Systemic Gender Discrimination in CA Workers’ Comp

Public Counsel
July 6, 2016
Statewide system relies on outdated stereotypes about women's capacities and roles, contributing to the feminization of poverty in California and burdening women and families




PRESS/RESEARCH MENTIONING/INVOLVING THIS SOURCE

News Story

Lawsuits filed against L.A. County, lenders over green energy program

Andrew Khouri
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
April 12, 2018
Public Counsel and Bet Tzedek have filed a lawsuit to protect homeowners in Los Angeles from predatory lending by a L.A. county program that funds solar panels and other energy-efficient home improvement projects.

News Story

California isn’t doing enough to teach kids how to read, lawsuit says

Sonali Kohli
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
December 5, 2017
The lawsuit calls for better teacher training, increased resources for teachers, and tangible help for students that are identified as having difficulty reading. 

Press Release

$7.4 Million Awarded to 17 Legal Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Free Legal Representation

California Community Foundation
November 27, 2017
$7.4 Million Awarded to 17 Legal Nonprofit Organizations to Provide Free Legal Representation

News Story

DACA recipients file suit over Trump’s move to end program

Josh Gerstein
Politico
September 18, 2017
Across the nation individual attorneys, large institutions, small nonprofits, and activists from every state are stepping up to oppose the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program (DACA).

News Story

Detroit students are being deprived of their constitutional right to literacy, says federal lawsuit

Stephanie Francis Ward
ABA Journal
September 14, 2016
Public Counsel claims a constitutional right to literacy in federal lawsuit in Michigan.

Press Release

‘Being A Woman Is Not A Pre-Existing Condition’ – Class Action Suit Challenges Systemic Gender Discrimination in CA Workers’ Comp

Public Counsel
July 6, 2016
Statewide system relies on outdated stereotypes about women's capacities and roles, contributing to the feminization of poverty in California and burdening women and families

News Story

Where did unaccompanied migrants go?

Greg Moran
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 11, 2016
Thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile status are being supported by legal aid groups across the state.

News Story

Compton school district lawsuit equating trauma with disabilities proceeds

Southern California Public Radio (SCPR)
September 30, 2015
Federal Judge Michael Fitzgerald denied the district's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

News Story

Ex-inmates want L.A. County to stop dumping mentally ill inmates on skid row

Abby Sewell, Cindy Chang
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 28, 2015
Former Los Angeles County jail inmates file a lawsuit in order to expand services from an earlier settlement to improve the treatment of released inmates with serious mental illnesses.

News Story

State to boost oversight of services for students learning English

Teresa Watanabe
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 12, 2015
State officials agreed to expand oversight and data sharing on California's 1.4 million English language learners, some of whom have been denied English-learning education.

Investigative

Lost Boys: Counties Now Less Likely to Refer Juveniles to Immigration Authorities

Yvette Cabrera
Voice of OC
August 27, 2015
Advocates have said that referrals U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by probation departments violate state law, which county officials say is superseded by federal law.

News Story

California education officials sued for records on English learners

Christopher Cadelago
Sacramento Bee
August 10, 2015
LCCR and Public Counsel filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education to release outcomes data about long-term English-language learners.

LAAC Member Story

National Center for Youth Law Calls for Districts to Report Foster Student Transfers

Annie Lee
National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)
January 18, 2016
NCYL advocates for disaggregated data on foster youth in order to enable school districts to better assess and address the needs of their foster youth populations.

News Story

Call for LEAs to report foster student transfers

Tom Chorneau
Cabinet Report
December 7, 2015
Foster youth and civil legal aid advocates call for new requirements on districts to report and address instability and school changes faced by foster youth.

News Story

Settlement seeks to keep high school students out of ‘fake’ classes

Joy Resmovits
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
November 5, 2015
In the case of Cruz v. California, civil legal aid organizations win approval of a settlement requiring action to address "fake" classes in schools.

Feature

Legal clinic polishes non-lawyers’ civil suits

Victoria Kim
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
September 2, 2014
The Federal Pro Se Clinic in downtown Los Angeles, run by Public Counsel, is expanding the possibilities for self-represented individuals encountering the complex federal civil legal system.

News Story

Daniel Edozie’s reason to smile

Eric Prisbell
USA Today
February 24, 2015
Daniel Edozie, forward for men's basketball at Iowa State, grew up homeless and was almost deported in 2006 until Kristen Jackson at Public Counsel stepped in and helped him Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.

News Story

Contra Costa County to end solitary confinement for juveniles

Lee Romney
Los Angeles Times (LA Times)
May 19, 2015
Contra Costa County agrees to limit their use of physical isolation for youths in juvenile hall and provide adequate educational services.

News Story , Video

Suit Claims Compton Unified Does Not Do Enough For Students Dealing With Trauma

KNBC 4 Los Angeles
May 19, 2015
Students and teachers seek improved outcomes for low-income students affected by violence and trauma via class action lawsuit.




TRAININGS FROM THIS SOURCE

Confidentiality Issues in a Legal Services Context

Jan 29, 2016
This program will discuss the duty of confidentiality and a variety of scenarios in which confidentiality issues may arise in a legal services practice.
MCLE: 1 hour (Legal Ethics)


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