Pro Bono Matters

The Newsletter of the Public Law Center                           August  2010

In This Issue
PLC 2010 Summer Law Clerks
Celebrate Pro Bono Week

VFJ 2010 Logo

Congratulations to the
2010 Volunteers for Justice Honorees
Law Firm of the Year
O'Melveny & Myers LLP 
Attorney of the Year
Pearl Gondrella Mann
Corporate Partner of the Year
Association of Business Trial Lawyers
of Orange County
Community Partner of the Year
Share Our Selves
Many Thanks to Our 
Distinguished Keynote Speaker
Aric Press
 Editor in Chief of
The American Lawyer
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Thanks for making the 2010 Volunteers for Justice Dinner a success!
            The last year has been challenging for our clients.  Low income Orange County residents are particularly affected by the Great Recession as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table.   
            The last year has also been challenging for PLC.  One of our largest sources of revenue is the State Bar's Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program (the Volunteers for Justice Dinner is the single biggest part of our revenue "pie").   Since December 2008, the Federal Reserve has kept the Federal Funds rate at near 0% and so IOLTA programs have less money to distribute to groups like PLC.  Within a two year span, PLC's IOLTA grant from the State Bar has decreased 30%.  
           That's why we are so grateful that our June 21 Volunteers for Justice Dinner was such a great success.  Thanks to the generosity of law firms, businesses, affiliate bar groups, individual lawyers, and many, many others we will continue to have the resources to ensure low-income residents of Orange County obtain access to our civil justice system. 
            At the Volunteers for Justice Dinner, we were especially proud to recognize the efforts of our exceptional honorees: O'Melveny & Myers (Law Firm of the Year) for, among other things, the firm's successful efforts in a federal class action lawsuit brought on behalf of Orange County food stamp recipients; Pearl Gondrella Mann (Attorney of the Year) for her many years of pro bono service to PLC clients and her mentoring of PLC staff; Share Our Selves (Community Partner of the Year) for its collaboration with PLC by which we provide weekly legal clinics at SOS' Costa Mesa facility and; the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Orange County Chapter (Corporate Partner of the Year) for its ten years of financial support of PLC through the ABTL summer wine tasting event.
            Take a look at our dinner videos and pictures from the event and we think you'll agree this was an important night for celebrating pro bono in Orange County.  Thanks for helping to make it so.
Ken Babcock
Executive Director
The Law Students of Summer 2010
This summer PLC hosted a class of 2010 Summer Law Clerksseven summer law clerks who played a significant role in helping our clients receive the legal services they so desparately need. The group are students at Chapman University School of Law, Loyola Law School and UCI School of Law. These extremely talented students participated in the full range of PLC legal activities and issues. All of their work allowed them to develop hands-on lawyering skills that they will be able to use for the rest of their careers.
2010 Celebrate Pro Bono Week Set for October 24 - 30
2010 Celelbrate Pro Bono WeekBuilding on the extraordinary success of the first annual National Pro Bono Celebration in 2009, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service is sponsoring the Celebration again this year October 24 through 30, 2010.  PLC will be participating again this year with a Justice for All Legal Legal Clinic Day on Tuesday, October 26 and the Volunteer Appreciation Reception on Thursday, October 28.  Watch for emails with details of how you can participate.  For more information please contact Kirsten Kreymann, Pro Bono Director.