Welcome to Helping Communities Thrive, the e-newsletter of PLC's Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP). Throughout the year, PLC publishes Helping Communities Thrive
to inform non-profit executives, social entrepreneurs, and micro-business owners about changes in legislation and policies, upcoming trainings and events, and helpful tips and reminders. We encourage you to learn more about COLAP, check out our upcoming trainings, and    this e-newsletter with colleagues.  


Ken Babcock Executive Director and General Counsel

COLAPCommunity Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP)
The  Public Law Center (PLC)  provides free legal services to low income residents and other nonprofits in Orange County. In 2014, PLC staff and volunteers provided over 67,000 hours of free legal services in handling over 4,600 cases. The issues we work on include domestic violence, human trafficking, guardianship, housing, health, bankruptcy, asylum, family law, consumer fraud, immigration, and discrimination. Our work includes counseling, individual representation, community education and strategic policy advocacy and impact litigation to challenge societal injustices. 

In addition, PLC's  Community Organizations Legal Assistance Project (COLAP)  provides extensive legal support to Orange County nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, childcare centers and micro-businesses, so they can better meet their legal obligations, protect themselves from unnecessary litigation, and focus on delivering critical services to Orange County residents.

All legal services, provided by PLC or volunteer attorneys are free of charge. However, clients are responsible for out-of-pocket expenses associated with the legal work performed, such as governmental filing and other administrative fees. For more information or to request a legal services application, please contact Sarah Efthymiou at (714) 541-1010 x281, or by email at sefthymiou@publiclawcenter.org.

upcomingtrainingsUpcoming Trainings
Thinking about starting a new nonprofit organization? This class will go through all the steps - from forming a California public benefit corporation to obtaining 501(c)(3) status.

This free workshop will provide aspiring inventors, entrepreneurs, and small business owners with basic information about patents, how they may be used to protect inventions, and the patent-application process.

Fundraising & the Law for Nonprofits  
In the nonprofit world, fundraising is as inevitable as death and taxes in the for-profit world. This session spells out the IRS' and some of the CA-specific rules, including sales tax, registration with the Attorney General, record keeping and receipt requirements, required disclosures and more!

Volunteers & the Law for Nonprofits  
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many nonprofits, yet using volunteers in your organization is not always risk-free. This workshop will guide you through the laws and regulations affecting volunteers, as well as provide best-practice guidelines for working with volunteers.
This free workshop will help aspiring entrepreneurs to learn about the principal types of legal business structures available in California, practical considerations to starting your business, and responsibilities of small business owners.  
September 2015

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