July 27, 2021
Greetings

I want to thank all of you who have reached out over the last couple of weeks to take on new matters. We were able to place a couple of consumer and elder justice cases, as well as a few transactional matters. We still have a need for attorneys to advocate for low-income clients, including a few particular clients who have disabilities, to be able to maintain safe, stable housing. Some of that work involves defensive and/or affirmative litigation, but some involves working with the relevant state agency.

The work is incredibly impactful, and provides a great advocacy opportunity for young attorneys.
PRACTICE AREAS
ADVOCACY FOR CHILDREN
Adoption, PLC 21-1054116
Foster parents seek to adopt their nephew they have been fostering since his infancy. 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. 
APPEALS
Ninth Circuit Immigration Appeals
Many of PLC’s immigration clients need assistance with appeals to the Ninth Circuit. The issues on appeal can be substantive and/or procedural. Typically the appeals are on behalf of an asylee. We are seeking attorneys interested in handling these cases, which will involve Ninth Circuit briefing and possibly oral argument, and may also involve some litigation at the Board of Immigration Appeals. PLC can provide some substantive support, but is looking for volunteers with appellate experience.
DISABILITY RIGHTS
Eviction Defense & Disability Discrimination, PLC 21E-1054620
Client is a single mother of five children. She has been unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a child with a disability and has dealt with her own health issues as well. Her landlord was able to get a default judgment entered against her in an eviction case. Client needs assistance seeking relief from the default judgment and possibly pursuing a disability discrimination action, either through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or through a civil action or both.

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.

Unlawful Detainer/Eviction Defense Cases
PLC has a number of unlawful detainer/eviction cases that involved tenants who have disabilities. In some cases the tenants have requested reasonable accommodations, but the complaints are proceeding nonetheless. Clients in these situations seek assistance with submitting and following up on complaints with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as defending unlawful detainer cases. There may also be an opportunity to file an affirmative case for discrimination, depending on the circumstances of the case.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SURVIVORS
Immigration/U-Visa, PLC 20-1049640
Client is a survivor of domestic violence committed by her ex-partner for several years. She sought and obtained a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against her abuser. She is a DACA recipient and now seeks assistance with filing for a U-Visa as a victim of crime. She is a bilingual English and Spanish speaker.
FINANCIAL/INCOME PROTECTION
Bankruptcy, PLC 21E-1053848
Client is a English speaker in her early 30s with approximately $20,000 in unsecured debt and approximately $5,000 in federal student loans. Client hopes that filing for bankruptcy will give her the opportunity to move on with her life and get a fresh start.

Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, PLC 21E-1054805
Client in her 60s is seeking assistance in filing a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. Her health issues make it difficult for her to complete the petition on her own. She is hoping to obtain a fresh start to alleviate her financial stress.

Civil Judgment Collection, PLC 21-1054211
Client is a woman in her 60s. Client has an Orange County divorce judgement containing an order for opposing party to reimburse her for “marital waste” in the amount of $105,000. Opposing party has not made any payments towards that amount. Opposing party currently lives outside of the United States but is believed to have bank accounts in the United States. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to assist with recovering from opposing party. 

Defense for Adversary Proceeding, ​PLC ​20E-1053968
Client is an English-speaker in his 40s. Client is seeking assistance defending an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court. Client believes this debt should not be excepted from discharge. Client has filed a response to the adversary proceeding and is seeking assistance for the remainder of the case, including mediation.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING
No cases at this time.
IMMIGRATION
Immigration/U-​V​isa, PLC 21E-1054011
Client is a survivor of severe domestic violence by her ex-partner. She provided a statement to law enforcement and has a domestic violence restraining order against her ex-partner. Client is seeking assistance with filing for a U-visa as a victim of this crime. She is a monolingual Spanish speaker.

Immigration/U-Visa, PLC 20-1049640
Client is a survivor of domestic violence committed by her ex-partner for several years. She sought and obtained a Domestic Violence Restraining Order against her abuser. She is a DACA recipient and now seeks assistance with filing for a U-Visa as a victim of crime. She is a bilingual English and Spanish speaker.

Immigration/U-Visa, PLC 20-1052796
Client was the victim of multiple incidents of domestic violence in the 1990s. She is in possession of several of the domestic violence restraining orders issued against the opposing party at the time. The client will need assistance in seeking and obtaining certification from OC Courts as to her helpfulness and status as a victim of a crime of domestic violence, and will then need assistance in preparing and filing her application for a U-visa. The client is a monolingual Spanish speaker.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
No cases at this time.
JUSTICE FOR OLDER ADULTS
Elder Financial Abuse, PLC 20E-1051210
Client is an English speaker in her 80s. During a time when Client was receiving medical care, an individual who had been helping with household tasks obtained access to Client’s finances and appears to have taken close to $40,000.00 from Client without her knowledge or consent. Client seeks assistance recovering these funds and protecting herself from future financial abuse by this individual.

Elder Financial Abuse Affirmative Litigation and Cancellation of Void Deed, PLC 19E-1048579
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her 70s. A family member recorded a deed purporting to transfer title of Client's home into the family member's name. The family member has threatened that he will remove Client from the property, which will result in Client experiencing homelessness. Client seeks assistance cancelling the deed so that she can maintain her housing. The purported grant deed does not appear to comply with the Government Code.

Homeowner's Insurance/Contractor Dispute, PLC 20E-1052643
Clients are English speakers in their early 70s. Clients are having a dispute with their insurance regarding coverage for repairs that they had done to their home. They are seeking to recover over $30,000.00 for repairs they paid for out of pocket based on an understanding that their homeowner’s insurance company would cover. In addition, Clients believe some of the costs are the responsibility of a contractor for failing to properly repair initial damage. Clients seek assistance working with their insurance company and the contractor to make themselves whole and more on with their lives.

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.

Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, PLC 19E-1047995
Client is in her 60’s and speaks Spanish. Client was solicited for so-called energy efficient home improvements by a door-to-door salesperson. Client considered the improvements, but never actually signed a contract. Without client’s understanding, the contractor financed home improvements through a tax assessment on client’s property. The contractor never started work on the project, and client was shocked to learn what happened when she received her next property tax statement. Client is seeking assistance recovering the money she paid to remove the tax assessment so she can pay back the countless friends and family who helped her raise that money.
LITIGATION — DEBT
Defense for Adversary Proceeding, PLC 20E-1053968
Client is an English-speaker in his 40s. Client is seeking assistance defending an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court. Client believes this debt should not be excepted from discharge. Client has filed a response to the adversary proceeding and is seeking assistance for the remainder of the case, including mediation.
LITIGATION — FAMILY LAW
Civil Judgment Collection, PLC 21-1054211
Client is a woman in her 60s. Client has an Orange County divorce judgement containing an order for opposing party to reimburse her for “marital waste” in the amount of $105,000. Opposing party has not made any payments towards that amount. Opposing party currently lives outside of the United States but is believed to have bank accounts in the United States. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to assist with recovering from opposing party. 

Dissolution, PLC 21-1054305
Client is a Vietnamese male in his 70s in divorce proceedings. A Trial Setting Conference is scheduled for early June. The opposing party claims that Client has a retirement account and is requesting those funds be divided, but Respondent states that the retirement funds were depleted during their lengthy marriage. Opposing party is represented. Client seeks a pro bono attorney for representation in settlement negotiations or trial.
*Client speaks limited English, but has an interpreter who can assist*
LITIGATION — FEDERAL COURT
Defense for Adversary Proceeding, ​PLC ​20E-1053968
Client is an English-speaker in his 40s. Client is seeking assistance defending an adversary proceeding in bankruptcy court. Client believes this debt should not be excepted from discharge. Client has filed a response to the adversary proceeding and is seeking assistance for the remainder of the case, including mediation.
LITIGATION — PRESERVATION OF HOUSING
Elder Financial Abuse Affirmative Litigation and Cancellation of Void Deed, PLC 19E-1048579
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her 70s. A family member recorded a deed purporting to transfer title of Client's home into the family member's name. The family member has threatened that he will remove Client from the property, which will result in Client experiencing homelessness. Client seeks assistance cancelling the deed so that she can maintain her housing. The purported grant deed does not appear to comply with the Government Code.

Eviction Defense, PLC 21E-1054806
Client is a single mother of two children. She has been unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic but has been submitting declarations to her landlord. Client applied for rental assistance, but her application is still pending. Her landlord is now seeking to evict based on a violation, unrelated to payment of rent, that she disputes. Client has a hearing on a Motion to Quash Service in the next week and may need assistance defending the case after the motion is heard.

Eviction Defense & Disability Discrimination, PLC 21E-1054620
Client is a single mother of five children. She has been unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a child with a disability and has dealt with her own health issues as well. Her landlord was able to get a default judgment entered against her in an eviction case. Client needs assistance seeking relief from the default judgment and possibly pursuing a disability discrimination action, either through the Department of Fair Employment and Housing or through a civil action or both.

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.

Habitability/Dispute with Homeowners Association, PLC 20E-1052583
Clients are a veteran and his partner. They own a condominium and recently experienced substantial water damage to their condominium. The homeowners association’s (HOA) insurance denied coverage, despite stating that the cause was from an area within the control of the HOA. Clients are seeking assistance with repairing the damage to their condominium through negotiation and possibly litigation.

Homeowner's Insurance/Contractor Dispute, PLC 20E-1052643
Clients are English speakers in their early 70s. Clients are having a dispute with their insurance regarding coverage for repairs that they had done to their home. They are seeking to recover over $30,000.00 for repairs they paid for out of pocket based on an understanding that their homeowner’s insurance company would cover. In addition, Clients believe some of the costs are the responsibility of a contractor for failing to properly repair initial damage. Clients seek assistance working with their insurance company and the contractor to make themselves whole and more on with their lives.

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 Retaliation, PLC 21E-105
Client is a tenant in a local complex. Due to health concerns, Client refused fumigation and ever since then Client is being targeted by the landlord. Client believes other tenants are facing similar situations, and would like assistance advocating for her right to live in a habitable, affordable apartment.

Landlord/Tenant Disputes
Public Law Center is seeing an influx of cases relating to Landlord/Tenant disputes. Some cases involve defending unlawful detainer/eviction cases, some setting aside default judgments that have been entered, and others filing affirmative cases for habitability, discrimination, or other violations of law. Keeping people in safe and healthy housing is a priority, particularly while we are still in a pandemic. PLC is seeking attorneys interested in litigation who are willing to be contacted on short notice to assist a Public Law Center client with responsive pleadings, including answers and motions, and to provide representation in these landlord/tenant cases.

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.

Predatory Lending/PACE Home Improvements, ​PLC ​21E-1053491
Client is a monolingual Spanish speaker in her late 40s. 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 $10,000 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.

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-1047995
Client is in her 60’s and speaks Spanish. Client was solicited for so-called energy efficient home improvements by a door-to-door salesperson. Client considered the improvements, but never actually signed a contract. Without client’s understanding, the contractor financed home improvements through a tax assessment on client’s property. The contractor never started work on the project, and client was shocked to learn what happened when she received her next property tax statement. Client is seeking assistance recovering the money she paid to remove the tax assessment so she can pay back the countless friends and family who helped her raise that money.

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.
LITIGATION — PROBATE
Limited Conservatorship, PLC 21-1054652
Client is a mother in her early 40s who is petitioning in pro per to be appointed as a limited conservator of her daughter who has several physical and mental disability diagnoses. Her daughter will reach the age of majority in September 2021. Mother receives public benefits to support her and her children.

Limited Conservatorship, PLC 20-1053020
Client is a mother in her mid-40s who seeks to petition to be appointed as a limited conservator of her daughter who is diagnosed with a disability and will reach the age of majority in October 2021. Mother is unemployed and preserves the well-being of her family through public benefits assistance. Daughter primarily depends on the client-mother for support with daily living activities and tasks, e.g., health maintenance, dressing, and personal care.
*Client speaks Spanish*

Limited Conservatorship, PLC 21E-1054382
Clients are parents who seek to petition to be appointed as a limited co-conservators of their son who is diagnosed with disabilities. Son will reach the age of majority in December 2021. Son has been receiving special education services since the age of three and primarily depends on clients-parents for support with daily living activities and tasks, because he exhibits delays in adaptive behaviors. Son has an individualized education program plan.
*Clients speak Spanish*
RACE EQUITY
No cases at this time.
REENTRY/CONVICTION RELIEF
No cases at this time.
TRANSACTIONAL
Nonprofit (Community Development) – Employee Handbook, PLC 21-1054616
Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of community members through service projects. Client seeks legal assistance with developing a new employee handbook.

Nonprofit (Community Support) - Bylaws Review, PLC 21-1060864
Client is a chapter of an existing 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to help friends and families of alcoholics. Client's board seeks legal assistance with reviewing their current bylaws.

Nonprofit (Economic Self-sufficiency) – Bylaws Review, PLC 21-1054615
Client is an existing 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to assist individuals to overcome challenges and receive the dignity of work. Client seeks legal assistance with reviewing, and updating as needed, the organization's current bylaws.

Nonprofit (Education) - Employment Policies, PLC 21-1054411
Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to advance education equity. Client is revising its employment policies and seeks legal assistance with ensuring that its new policies procedures are in compliance with federal and state law.

Nonprofit (Education) - Employment Polices Advice & Counsel, PLC 21-1054412
Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower youth and strengthen communities through traditional and nontraditional educational and strengthen communities through traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities. Client seeks legal advice and counsel with reviewing its current employment manual and other policies.

Nonprofit (Education) - Governance Polices, PLC 21-1054412
Client is an existing 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to empower youth and strengthen communities through traditional and nontraditional educational opportunities. Client seeks legal advice and counsel with reviewing its current bylaws. Client also seeks legal assistance with developing governance and financial policies.

Small Business – Entity Formation, PLC 21-1054117
Client is a low-income owner of an e-commerce marketing business. Client seeks legal assistance with entity consultation and formation for his growing business.

Small Business (Janitorial Services) - Formation, PLC 21-1053969
Client is a low-income entrepreneur who is starting a janitorial business. Client seeks legal advice and counsel with selecting a legal entity for the business. Client also seeks legal guidance with assessing what permits he will be required to obtain for operating his business.
VETERANS
Habitability/Dispute with Homeowners Association, PLC 20E-1052583
Clients are a veteran and his partner. They own a condominium and recently experienced substantial water damage to their condominium. The homeowners association’s (HOA) insurance denied coverage, despite stating that the cause was from an area within the control of the HOA. Clients are seeking assistance with repairing the damage to their condominium through negotiation and possibly litigation.
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