Thank You for Attending PLC's Halloween Bash Last Night! 


The second annual gathering of goblin, ghouls, and the truly scary attorneys was hosted by the PLC Advocates and the OC Lavender Bar Association. With your attendance and support, and our generous sponsors, we raised nearly $12,000. Here are just a few of the amazing costumes from the evening:

Halloween Bash Committee
(Left to right) Doug Clark, Kim Chase, Jennifer Darling, 
Dina Randazzo, Jesse Bolling, Ajit Thind, Lindsey Martinez

Costume Contest Winner, 
Queen Yesenia of Hearts (Left) with Kirsten Kreymann 
and Grace Landa

Costume Contest Winners
Heather, Heather and Heather
Costume Contest Winner 
Napolean Dynamite 
and April Schley

Introducing the New Operation Veterans 

Re-Entry Team 

Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you. 


In our continuing efforts to assist those who courageously served our nation, the Public Law Center (PLC) recently formed a new Operation Veterans Re-Entry legal team. The unit is co-led by two of PLC's Lead Attorneys, Leigh Ferrin and Lili Vo Graham. Leigh brings over six years of public interest experience to the unit and, as head of PLC's Consumer Law and Bankruptcy Unit, her legal expertise will greatly benefit our veteran clients. You met Lili in last month's Pro Bono Matters as the lead attorney for the Housing and Homelessness Prevention unit. 


PLC also welcomes three new AmeriCorps Legal Fellows to the unit:


Amanda Pertusati is a graduate of University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, where she represented disabled veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims as a member of the Veterans Law Appellate Clinic. 


Brooke Weitzman is a graduate of UC Irvine School of Law and is returning to PLC after having been a former PLC law clerk. 


Tiffany Nocon is a graduate of USC Gould Law School, where she was a student supervisor of the Post-Conviction Justice Project. 


All three young attorneys recently traveled to Washington, DC to attend a Leadership Development Training hosted by fellowship sponsor and longtime PLC supporter, Equal Justice Works. 


Operation Veteran's Re-Entry provides Orange County veterans and their families with free legal assistance to facilitate their re-entry into civilian life, including those who are homeless. 


Captain Matthew Patrick Manoukian, United States Marine Corps, 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, lived by the motto: "Never above you. Never below you. Always beside you." Click here to learn more about the man to whom PLC's Operation Veteran's Re-Entry is dedicated.  

In Memoriam

Bishop Cirilo Flores, Diocese of San Diego 
Former Member of PLC's Board of Directors 

Born and raised in Corona, California, Bishop Flores was one of six children. He attended the seminary, but then left to become a teacher. Bishop Flores then left the classroom and earned a law degree from Stanford. He practiced law for 10 years before returning to the seminary.

Bishop Flores was ordained in 1991 and served as priest at five Orange County parishes before becoming pastor of Santa Ana's St. Anne Parish. He later became pastor at St. Norbert's. He served as auxillary bishop of the Diocese of Orange from 2009 to 2012 and coadjutor bishop of San Diego from 2012 until 2013.

Bishop Flores' training in the law and his commitment to social justice made him an ideal board member for PLC. He served on PLC's Board of Directors from 1992 to 2004. Bishop Flores died from cancer on September 6, 2014. He was 66. 
Robert E. Palmer, Gibson, Dunn Crutcher
Creator of the ABTL PLC Wine Event

A prominent resident of Orange County's legal community, Bob Palmer's 30-year career at Gibson, DunnCrutcher is perhaps only surpassed by his tremendous impact on organizations such as the United Way and the South Coast Repertory Theater. Bob also created and was a long time contributor to the Orange County Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers' annual Wine Tasting and Public Law Center Fundraiser, which has raised over $275,000 for PLC in the past 15 years.

Bob received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska and "Go Big Red" was his favorite cheer. He earned his law degree magna cum laude from the Pepperdine University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. 

Bob passed away on September 4, 2014. He was 57. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his children Paige, Max, Lexie, Casey and Daniel, his parents, the Reverend Robert and Mary Lou Palmer, and siblings Rebecca, Rick, and Randy.


Thank you to the Orange County Bar Association Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section for your ongoing support of PLC's Bankruptcy Clinic. Under the leadership of Chair Richard Marshack and Immediate Past Chair Kelly Zinser, the Section raised a record-shattering $45,000 this year to support PLC.

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