November 17, 2020
Greetings,

As we move into the holiday season, and with all that has happened in 2020, it is a good time to remember all the reasons we are thankful. My third grader is keeping a gratitude journal for the month of November, and I have tried to keep my own informal version as well. I find, even when going through difficult times, remembering all the things in life that I am thankful for helps me cope.

One of the things I am most grateful for is the work that we do at PLC breaking barriers to access to justice. We have seen our clients face some incredible challenges this year, including loss of income, housing discrimination, and domestic violence, and yet they are so resilient. We need you to join us in the fight. We are particularly in need of assistance with litigation cases in both state and federal courts, in housing, social security benefits, elder abuse, contractor disputes, and other areas. We would love to get these cases placed before the end of 2020, so please reach out today!

PRACTICE AREAS
ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN
Adoption, PLC 20-1052662
Foster parents seek to adopt the toddler they have been fostering since he was a newborn. Parental rights have been terminated. PLC can provide technical assistance to the pro bono attorney. Services, including representation, can be provided remotely in this matter. Clients are Spanish speakers with moderate English proficiency.

Guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, PLC 20E-1051900
Client is a college student who was abandoned and neglected by her biological father, as well as suffering from abuse by her stepfather. She has lived in the United States since she was a small child. She requires assistance with a petition for her adult sister to be named her legal guardian, followed by the filing of a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She and her sister are English speakers.
APPEALS
Federal District Court Litigation - Social Security Disability Appeal, PLC 20-1051272
Client is an English speaker in his 30s appealing his denial of social security disability benefits. Client is unable to work and needs to depend on these benefits to survive. Client is in the process of filing his complaint pro se, but Client is seeking representation in this matter in order to give him the best chance of obtaining a reversal of the ALJ's decision.

Federal Court Litigation - Security Disability Appeal, PLC 20-1051915
Client is an English speaker in his 50s and is appealing his denial of social security disability benefits. He has already filed his complaint and is seeking assistance with briefing. Client is unable to work and hopes representation in this matter will enable him to obtain the benefits he needs to survive.
DISABILITY RIGHTS
Federal Court Litigation - Security Disability Appeal, PLC 20-1051915
Client is an English speaker in his 50s and is appealing his denial of social security disability benefits. He has already filed his complaint and is seeking assistance with briefing. Client is unable to work and hopes representation in this matter will enable him to obtain the benefits he needs to survive.

Furthering Fair Housing Laws, PLC 20E-1049214
Client is a person with mental health disabilities. She would like to sue a housing provider for violating federal and state fair housing laws in the renting process. Client receives a federal subsidy to rent in the private market. Although client is now stably housed, the housing provider that refused to rent to her caused her mental anguish that exacerbated her mental health condition and resulted in her hospitalization. Client seeks to file suit against the housing provider to ensure compliance with federal and state fair housing laws. 
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS
Dissolution, PLC 19E-1048860
Client is a survivor of domestic violence perpetrated by her spouse in a marriage of over 35 years. PLC assisted her with her divorce petition, but she seeks additional assistance with respect to discovery and allocation of assets/debts acquired during the marriage. There are no minor children. 
*Client is a Spanish speaker with moderate English proficiency*
Immigration/U-Visa, PLC18-1044873
Client is a victim of rape and domestic violence at the hands of her ex-partner and she reported the incident to the police. She seeks assistance with applying for a U-Visa as a victim of rape and domestic violence. She has no criminal record and is the sole applicant.
*Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker*

Immigration/VAWA, PLC 20-1051521
Client is 30 years old and from Mexico. Client is a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her U.S. citizen spouse and obtained temporary restraining order against him. Client would like assistance with filing for VAWA self-petition and Adjustment of Status. 
*Client is deaf but has a remote telephonic American Sign Language Interpreter Available*
FINANCIAL/INCOME PROTECTION
Bankruptcy, PLC 20-1050673
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her late 50s with approximately $20,000 in unsecured debt. Client hopes that filing for bankruptcy will give her the opportunity to move on with her life and get a fresh start.
Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20E-1049286
Client is an English speaker in her early 30s. Client was sued for an alleged credit card debt, and she disputes the amount of the debt. Client seeks assistance defending the lawsuit so that she can focus on caring for her family and move on with her life. 
*Trial scheduled for January 2021*

Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20E-1051373
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her early 60s. Client was sued for an alleged car loan debt, which she incurred while she was battling untreated mental health issues. Client seeks assistance defending the lawsuit so that she can focus on caring for her family and move on with her life. 
* Trial scheduled for April 2021*
Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20-1049261
Client is in her 30s and is raising her three small children alone. She was recently able to set aside a default judgment that had been entered against her. Client disputes the debt, and is now seeking assistance defending the lawsuit so that she can focus on caring for her family. 
*Trial is set for late April 2021*
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Human Trafficking/Vacatur of Criminal Convictions, PLC 20E-1052357 
Client is a victim of sex trafficking in both Las Vegas , Nevada and Riverside County, CA. Client was forced to prostitute for her ex-partner and she was arrested for falsifying a police report in Riverside County. Client called the police in front of her trafficker and told the police that she was a victim of human trafficking. Client immediately became afraid of her trafficker and hung up the phone. However, when the police came to her home, she was too afraid to provide a report and was subsequently arrested for providing a false police report. Client’s criminal charge is directly related to her trafficking and client was eventually able to escape and is currently taking care of her son that she shares with her trafficker. Client would like to seek vacatur of the criminal charge against her in California. The petition will need to be filed in Riverside County.

Human Trafficking/Vacatur of Criminal Convictions, PLC 20E-1051937
Client is a victim of sex trafficking in Orange , Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. Client was forced to prostitute for 2 traffickers and she ended up with criminal charges directly related to her trafficking. Client was eventually able to escape and is working as an advocate for people who have experienced the same trauma she did. Client would like to seek vacatur of the criminal charges against her. The petition will need to be filed in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.

Human Trafficking/Vacatur of Criminal Conviction, PLC 20E-1051470 
Client was trafficked into sex work in Orange County when she was a teenager. More than ten years ago, during the course of her trafficking, she was convicted of prostitution and keeping a house of ill-fame. After over a decade in an abusive relationship with her trafficker, she was finally able to escape. Since then, she has focused on building a new life and being a devoted mother to her five American-born children. Client would like assistance with seeking a vacatur of her 2005 convictions.
IMMIGRATION
Guardianship and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, PLC 20E-1051900
Client is a college student who was abandoned and neglected by her biological father, as well as suffering from abuse by her stepfather. She has lived in the United States since she was a small child. She requires assistance with a petition for her adult sister to be named her legal guardian, followed by the filing of a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. She and her sister are English speakers.

Immigration/U-Visa, PLC18-1044873
Client is a victim of rape and domestic violence at the hands of her ex-partner and she reported the incident to the police. She seeks assistance with applying for a U-Visa as a victim of rape and domestic violence. She has no criminal record and is the sole applicant. Client is a monolingual Spanish Speaker. 

Immigration/VAWA, PLC 20-1051521
Client is 30 years old and from Mexico. Client is a victim of domestic violence at the hands of her U.S. citizen spouse and obtained temporary restraining order against him. Client would like assistance with filing for VAWA self-petition and Adjustment of Status. 
*Client is deaf but has a remote telephonic American Sign Language Interpreter Available*
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
No cases at this time.
JUSTICE FOR OLDER ADULTS
Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 19E-1045127
Client is a monolingual Spanish-speaking widow in her 70s. Client obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) financing through a door-to-door salesperson to make improvements to her home, some of which she does not believe were energy efficient or were done poorly. All discussions were in Spanish, and all documents she signed were in English. As a result of the work, Client's property taxes have increased by over $10,000 a year. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property.

Social Security Overpayment, PLC 20E-1050964
Client is in his 70s and is seeking assistance understanding and disputing an alleged overpayment of social security benefits. Social Security benefits currently make up Client's only income and they have been drastically reduced as a result of the alleged overpayment. Client is under tremendous stress and hopes resolution of the issue will give him peace of mind and enable him to pay for his necessary needs. 
LITIGATION — DEBT
Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20E-1051373
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her early 60s. Client was sued for an alleged car loan debt, which she incurred while she was battling untreated mental health issues. Client seeks assistance defending the lawsuit so that she can focus on caring for her family and move on with her life. 
* Trial scheduled for April 2021*

Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20E-1051819
Client is an English speaker in her late 50s and is disabled. Client was sued for an alleged credit card debt and has had difficulty defending the lawsuit. She seeks assistance defending the lawsuit including filing a motion for relief from requests for admissions that were deemed admitted so she can move on with her life.
*Trial is scheduled for June 2021*

Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20E-1049286
Client is an English speaker in her early 30s. Client was sued for an alleged credit card debt, and she disputes the amount of the debt. Client seeks assistance defending the lawsuit so that she can focus on caring for her family and move on with her life. 
*Trial scheduled for January 2021*

Debt Collection Defense, PLC 20-1049261
Client is in her 30s and is raising her three small children alone. She was recently able to set aside a default judgment that had been entered against her. Client disputes the debt, and is now seeking assistance defending the lawsuit so that she can focus on caring for her family. 
*Trial is set for late April 2021*
LITIGATION — FAMILY LAW
Dissolution, PLC 19E-1048860
Client is a survivor of domestic violence perpetrated by her spouse in a marriage of over 35 years. PLC assisted her with her divorce petition, but she seeks additional assistance with respect to discovery and allocation of assets/debts acquired during the marriage. There are no minor children. 
*Client is a Spanish speaker with moderate English proficiency*

Dissolution, PLC 19-1047091
Client is a single parent of special needs child who seeks representation in divorce proceeding including issues regarding breach of fiduciary duty, violation of ATRO's, and adverse party's multiple retirement accounts. At Issue Memorandum will be filed but trial has not yet been set.
LITIGATION — FEDERAL COURT
Federal Court Litigation - District Court Litigation Against Federal Agency, PLC 20-1052293
Client is an English speaker in his 50s who was informed by a federal agency that he needed a court order to resolve a matter. The deadline given by the agency is in the middle of November. Given the timing, Client is seeking assistance with filing a complaint to obtain the court order, and possibly seeking an injunction to stop the agency from making a decision on the matter before Client is able to obtain the requested court order.
*Deadline is currently mid-November*

Federal Court Litigation - Security Disability Appeal, PLC 20-1051915
Client is an English speaker in his 50s and is appealing his denial of social security disability benefits. He has already filed his complaint and is seeking assistance with briefing. Client is unable to work and hopes representation in this matter will enable him to obtain the benefits he needs to survive.

Federal Court Litigation - Social Security Disability Appeal, PLC 20-1051272
Client is an English speaker in his 30s appealing his denial of social security disability benefits. Client is unable to work and needs to depend on these benefits to survive. Client is in the process of filing his complaint pro se, but Client is seeking representation in this matter in order to give him the best chance of obtaining a reversal of the ALJ's decision.

Wrongful Termination of Housing Voucher, PLC 19-10462625
Client is a survivor of domestic violence and was terminated from her public housing assistance after she removed her abusive husband from the household. An affirmative lawsuit is currently pending in federal court. Client would like assistance prosecuting the case.
*PLC is willing to co-counsel*
LITIGATION — PRESERVATION OF HOUSING
Furthering Fair Housing Laws, PLC 20E-1049214
Client is a person with mental health disabilities. Client receives a federal subsidy to rent in the private market. Although client is now stably housed, the housing provider that refused to rent to her caused her mental anguish that exacerbated her mental health condition and resulted in her hospitalization. Client seeks to file suit against the housing provider to ensure compliance with federal and state fair housing laws. 

Housing Discrimination, PLC 20E-1052328 & 20E-1052335
Clients are a married couple who have a Section 8 voucher. They seek to reside in a senior community, but have been discouraged from renting there. In at least one case, they were specifically declined because of their Section 8 voucher, in violation of state law. Clients would like assistance pursuing their claims of discrimination against the housing providers and their agents.

Landlord/Tenant – Habitability, PLC 20E-1051612
Clients are roommates in an apartment that is completely uninhabitable. They seek to get repairs to the unit/reimbursed for moneys spent on rehabilitating the unit, including a mold rehabitation company. One of the clients is three weeks away from delivering a baby, and her doctor recommended that she move from the unit. Since the first complaints to the LL, the roommates hired a mold remediation company. The mold remediation company stated that it would take two weeks to fix the mold and cost $1,800. 

Landlord/Tenant – Habitability, PLC 20E-1052228, 20E-1052238, 20E-1052237, & 20E-1052236
Clients are seeking help filing an affirmative lawsuit against their landlord for severe breaches of the implied warranty of habitability that involve, but are not limited to, a rat infestation from which they have suffered personal injury. Clients have complained to their landlord for repairs since May 2020, but to date, the landlord has ignored the requests for repairs. Because of the uninhabitable conditions, clients withheld rent and are now facing a threat of eviction. 

Landlord/Tenant – Illegal Eviction, PLC 20E-1050325 & 20-1050916
Clients seek to file an affirmative complaint against their landlord for an illegal eviction and damages, including emotional distress damages, stemming from their landlord’s unlawful actions after their landlord promised clients that they could return to the unit after the landlord repaired it, following clients’ requests that the landlord provide them with a habitable place to live. Clients vacated the unit and when they returned, they found the unit re-rented and their belongings gone. 

Landlord/Tenant Dispute – Discrimination, PLC 20E-1051936, 20E-1052043 & 20E-1052045
Clients are three roommates, all older adults, who seek to rescind their contracts/leases for the mobilehome that they rent. The clients entered into a predatory agreement and are being harassed. The landlord has failed to take any action to stop the harassment. Possibly in retaliation, the landlord has alleged a breach of the contract, which would result in the client being forced to leave the premises. Clients would like assistance resolving the dispute with their landlord, recovering any money paid and ensuring they are able to remain housed.

Landlord/Tenant Dispute - Discrimination, PLC 20E-1051216
Client is a single-mother of two minor children. She seeks to sue her landlord for unlawful housing discrimination on the basis of race, and other civil claims related to breach of contract, including breach of the implied covenant of quiet enjoyment. Client's landlord used racial slurs against her and her children, resulting in a constructive eviction. Client seeks assistance with filing a complaint with the State Department of Fair Employment and Housing, and if necessary, in civil court.

Landlord/Tenant Dispute – Health and Safety, PLC 20E-105
Client is a pregnant woman who is living in an apartment with two roommates. Over the past couple of months, Client and her roommates have been living with mold in their apartment due to a water leak and a cockroach infestation. Client’s doctor has suggested she move immediately for her health. Client would like assistance navigating the situation with the landlord, as she believes she is at risk of eviction because of her complaints.

Landlord/Tenant Dispute - Health and Safety, PLC 20E-1051370
Client has a disability and has been adversely affected by smoke from her neighbor's apartments for multiple years now. The property management company is on notice, but rather than address the issues, the company has dismissed her concerns and even retaliated against her. Client's apartment was recently tested and high rates of illegal drugs were present in her home were found. Client would like to assert her rights against the property management company for the damage to her property and her physical health.

Landlord/Tenant Dispute – Habitability, PLC 20E-1052070
Client is a single mother who rents an apartment in a 40-unit complex. There are significant habitability defects, including rats and roaches. As a result of the infestation, Client had to seek medical attention. The apartment management has refused to fully compensate client and has refused to take any steps to ensure the apartment is habitable. Client would like her apartment repaired and to be compensated for the medical bills and missed work as a result of the injuries.

Litigation – Contractor Bond Interpleader, PLC 20E-1051259
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her 60s who is currently in a dispute with a contractor. The contractor’s bond issuer brought an interpleader action in which Client is a defendant-in-interpleader. Client has filed an answer in pro per and seeks representation for the remainder of the case.

Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 20E-1051883
Client is in her late 40s and speaks some English, although she prefers and better understands Farsi. Client agreed to have improvements made to her home after a door-to-door salesperson solicited her. Client believed the project would be financed with a low-interest loan. Instead, the contractors obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing to pay for the project. The work was done poorly, using cheap materials, and Client does not believe any improvements created energy savings. As a result of the work, Client's property taxes have increased to over $17,000 a year, which she did not expect and cannot afford. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property.

Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 20-1051904
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her early 50s. Client obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing for work that was never completed on her home. All discussions related to the home "improvements" were in Spanish, and all documents related to the home "improvements" she signed were in English. As a result of the PACE assessment, Client's property taxes have increased by over $4,000 a year, an amount she is unable to pay. Client fears losing her home. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property. 

Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 19E-1045127
Client is a monolingual Spanish-speaking widow in her 70s. Client obtained Property-Assessed Clean Energy Financing (PACE) financing through a door-to-door salesperson to make improvements to her home, some of which she does not believe were energy efficient or were done poorly. All discussions were in Spanish, and all documents she signed were in English. As a result of the work, Client's property taxes have increased by over $10,000 a year. Client would like assistance rescinding the contract and removing the tax assessment from her property.

Property Damage to Mobilehome, PLC 20E-1052263 
Clients are seniors who, several years ago, purchased a mobilehome in a senior mobilehome park, where they had hoped to live out their retirement. After purchasing the mobilehome, the Park has had major issues that have caused significant damage to their mobilehome among other costs to the clients and a need to make claims on their insurance. These issues were not disclosed to Client prior to them purchasing the mobilehome. Clients hired an inspector who concluded that the Park's failure to maintain is the cause of the issues. The issues are now affecting the Clients’ health and they are unable to sell their mobilehome and relocate because of the concerns. Clients would like to bring an action against the Park to be compensated so that they can relocate to protect their health.

Wrongful Termination of Housing Voucher, PLC 19-10462625
Client is a survivor of domestic violence and was terminated from her public housing assistance after she removed her abusive husband from the household. An affirmative lawsuit is currently pending in federal court. Client would like assistance prosecuting the case.
*PLC is willing to co-counsel*
LITIGATION — PROBATE
Limited Conservatorship, PLC 20-1051032
Clients are seeking to establish a limited conservatorship over their soon-to-be adult son who has epilespy. Due to his medical condition, he requires constant supervision and assistance with completing most activities of daily living. Clients want their adult-daughter to serve as their co-conservator. All second degree relatives are known and located. Clients are monolingual Spanish speakers.
RACE EQUITY
Discrimination Based on Race, PLC 20E-1051117
Client is an African American male. He was using public transit earlier this year when he was harassed and assaulted by a white couple. Client would like assistance shepherding his administrative complaints through the process and exploring the possibility of litigation. 
REENTRY/CONVICTION RELIEF
Human Trafficking/Vacatur of Criminal Convictions, PLC 20E-1051937
Client is a victim of sex trafficking in Orange , Riverside and Los Angeles Counties. Client was forced to prostitute for 2 traffickers and she ended up with criminal charges directly related to her trafficking. Client was eventually able to escape and is working as an advocate for people who have experienced the same trauma she did. Client would like to seek vacatur of the criminal charges against her. The petition will need to be filed in Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside Counties.

Human Trafficking/Vacatur of Criminal Conviction, PLC 20E-1051470 
Client was trafficked into sex work in Orange County when she was a teenager. More than ten years ago, during the course of her trafficking, she was convicted of prostitution and keeping a house of ill-fame. After over a decade in an abusive relationship with her trafficker, she was finally able to escape. Since then, she has focused on building a new life and being a devoted mother to her five American-born children. Client would like assistance with seeking a vacatur of her 2005 convictions.
TRANSACTIONAL
Nonprofit (Community Support) - Real Estate, PLC 20-1051514
Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide pathways to self-sufficiency for the local community. Client currently runs its programs on property that is leased from a government entity. Client seeks legal counsel to understand the implied limitations on its programs as a result of this public-private partnership.

Non-Profit (Veterans Support) - Contracts, PLC 20-1050367 
Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide veterans with re-entry support. Client seeks legal assistance with preparing a collaboration agreement with another nonprofit organization.

Nonprofit (Youth Education) - Commercial Lease, PLC 20-1052265
Client is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage children with STEM education programs. Client was informed by the business park association where it has recently relocated that it cannot engage in educational programs at its site. Client seeks legal assistance with negotiating a variance to the CR&Rs.

Nonprofit - Volunteer Agreement, PLC 20-1052621
 Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the rights and independence of physically disabled adults. Client seeks legal assistance with reviewing, and updating if necessary, the organization's current volunteer agreement.

Small Business – Entity Formation, PLC 20-1052241
Client is a low-income entrepreneur whose long-term goal is to start their own architecture firm. Currently, client is taking drafting and designing jobs while they complete their education. Client seeks legal advice and counsel on entity formation.
 
Small Business – Entity Formation, PLC 20-1052209
Client is a low-income entrepreneur who is starting a construction company. Client seeks legal assistance with forming the business entity. Client also seeks legal advice concerning an unrelated LLC that was allowed to lapse years ago.
VETERANS
Discharge Upgrade, PLC 17E-1038521
Client is a Marine Corps veteran in his 50s. He is seeking assistance upgrading his General under Honorable Conditions discharge to an Honorable discharge. The client believes he was separated unfairly and was given false information about the consequences of a General discharge. He seeks a discharge upgrade to obtain VA benefits and for his own peace of mind about the character of his service. 

Discharge Upgrade, PLC 
Client is a decorated combat veteran who served in the United States Army from 2008-2011. He was discharged with a General (Under Honorable Conditions) characterization of service for misconduct. Client has impeccable post-service conduct. His strong interest in pursuing a discharge upgrade is so that he can re-enlist in the military and serve his country during these trying times. Client would like to be upgraded to Honorable and change his re-enlistment code. 

Dismissal/Expungment, PLC 20E-1049409
Client is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was recently discharged with an honorable discharge. Client has one criminal conviction on her record which is preventing her from obtaining employment after her discharge. Client would like assistance with terminating her probation early and submitting a request for dismissal of the misdemeanor. 
*Venue is San Diego Superior Court, but Client lives in Orange County*
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