"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." 
Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January Pro Bono Matters
In honor of Dr. King, thank you for answering what he described as "life's most persistent and urgent question: 'What are you doing for others?'"  Our Annual Fund Campaign in 2016 added an additional $720,000 worth of free civil legal aid for the Orange County community. In 2017, our Board of Directors and Executive Committee look forward to working with you to ensure access to justice in Orange County and provide meaningful pro bono opportunities to our 1,500 volunteers. 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

PLC's offices are closed today in observance of MLK Jr. Day. Tomorrow and everyday forward, we will serve low-income veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, immigrants, children and their families throughout Orange County. To learn more about our services, please click here
2016 Annual Fund Recap 

2016 marked PLC's 35th year of service to Orange County. You and all of our amazing supporters honored us with life-changing pro bono services for our clients and a record-breaking Volunteers for Justice Dinner. As our 35th year came to a close, nearly 100 people helped raise an additional $90,000 for our Annual Fund. At PLC, each dollar raised creates eight dollars worth of legal services, so thank you for adding $720,000 worth of additional legal aid for our most vulnerable and needy neighbors. 

We want to acknowledge PLC's Board of Directors for their amazing personal contributions which accounted for $65,000 of our Annual Fund total. We especially want to thank Aaron Malo for his historic matching gift of $19,000 on #GivingTuesday. We also want to thank the following non-board member donors who all gave $1,000 or more: Ed Connor, John Hurlbut, Jr., Lawrence Cohn, Joel & Nikki Miliband, Linda Schilling, Andra Greene, Shelley Liberto, Carlo Sarmiento, and Jason Steiner. 

It's never too late to add your support, so click here to donate to PLC.
New Board Members and 2017 Executive Committee

PLC's Board of Directors recently welcomed five new members:

Brian Farrell is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Banc of California. His focus is on institutional banking, managing business litigation matters, operations and compliance. He was a founding member and former chair of the PLC Advocates. 

Chris McGrath is a partner at Paul Hastings and the Chair of the Orange County Litigation Department. His practice focuses on securities litigation, class actions and complex corporate litigation. He previously served as President of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyers Program. 

Dina Randazzo is an associate with Schilling Law Group in Newport Beach. Her practice focuses on complex litigation matters involving business disputes and environmental issues. She was a founding member and former chair of the PLC Advocates. 

Jennifer Trusso Salinas is a partner in Troutman Sanders' Irvine office. She is a litigator who focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation as well as strategic counseling on patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Hispanic National Bar Association. 

Carol Zaist is a partner in the Newport Beach office of Newmeyer & Dillion and the firm's General Counsel. Her practice focuses on business litigation, construction disputes, real estate litigation, and trust litigation. She is the Chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee.

PLC's Board of Director's 2017 Executive Committee members are:

Aaron Malo, President 
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLP

Mike Ermer, Vice President 
Irell & Manella LLP

Mark Erickson, Secretary/Treasurer 
Haynes and Boone LLP

Darren Aitken, Immediate Past President 
Aitken * Aitken * Cohn

Roman Darmer, At Large Member
Jones Day

Dan Foster, At Large Member
McDermott, Will & Emery, LLP

Michele Johnson, At Large Member
Latham & Watkins LLP

Deborah Mallgrave, At Large Member
Snell & Wilmer L.L.P.

Charla "Sue" Riley, At Large Member
Crestbridge Financial Wealth Management