PLC raised a record $725,000 for free civil legal aid for Orange County's poorest and most vulnerable


The Who's Who of Orange County's legal community gathered on Monday night to raise $725,000 for the Public Law Center's annual Volunteers for Justice Dinner.  The 900 guests were treated to a keynote address by California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar, several heartwarming stories about the impact of PLC's work on the Orange County community, and award presentations to PLC's Pro Bono stars.  The event also featured television icon Stephanie Edwards as the emcee, the premier silent auction in Orange County, and a special musical prelude by the student performers of Mariachi for All.


(L to R) Jerry Flannery of Hyundai Motor America,

Emcee Stephanie Edwards, Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar,
Jeff Reeves of Gibson Dunn and Anna Davis of UC Irvine School of Law


PLC honored Anna Strasburg Davis as the Attorney of the Year for her leadership as the Director of Public Interest Programs at the University of California-Irvine School of Law. 


Anna Davis and presenter Deb Mallgrave of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.


Hyundai Motor America was honored as PLC's Corporate Partner of the Year for their commitment to PLC's Conservatorship and Guardianship Clinic at CHOC Children's. 


Jerry Flannery and presenter Arnie Pinkston,
former EVP & General Counsel of Allergan


Three-time Law Firm of the Year winner Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP previously won the award in 1995 and 2005.  The firm provided 2,500 hours of pro bono service to PLC clients in 2014 alone.  


VFJ Co-Chair Mark Erickson of Haynes and Boone, LLP, Jeff Reeves,
and VFJ Co-Chair Michele Johnson of Latham & Watkins LLP


One of the videos presented at the dinner featured the non-profit Mariachi for All, which was formed with the help of PLC's Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP) in 2010 to keep youth safe by offering high-quality music education as an alternative to gangs, drugs, and other destructive activities. Here is their story:


Thank you to our sponsors (including our Diamond-level sponsors Crowell & Moring LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, and the OCBA Lawyer Referral & Information Service) our Dinner Committee Co-Chairs Michele Johnson and Mark Erickson, Silent Auction Committee Chair Shiry Tannenbaum, all our Committee Members, and our Board of Directors.


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