June 2015 Pro Bono Newsletter

Dear Barristers,

Greetings from your Pro Bono Committee!  This is your June 2015 Pro Bono Newsletter.  We hope that you will take the opportunity to review the following important charitable opportunities, and even better, participate in one or more of them.

BHBA BARRISTERS–BARRISTERS MONTHLY FREE LEGAL CLINIC

Volunteer at our very own BHBA Monthly Free Legal Clinic at Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills, where volunteer attorneys answer legal questions presented by the public!  Join us Saturday, July 11th, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  If you are interested in volunteering, or want more information, please feel free to contact co-chairs Will Wenzel or Danielle E. Grabois.

LA LAW LIBRARY / SOCAL PRO BONO MANAGERS

SoCal Pro Bono Managers and the LA Law Library presents “How Pro Bono Cases Can Build Strong Legal Skills”. This event will be held on June 10, 2015 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Los Angeles Law Library at 301 W. 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012.  Registration is free. To reserve your spot, please contact Pamela Marx.

LEGAL AID FOUNDATION OF LOS ANGELES

For 80 years, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) has been providing civil legal services to low-income residents of Los Angeles County.  LAFLA would love for you to participate in one or more of their upcoming pro bono projects to help domestic violence victims, as well as members of the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  For more information, or to volunteer for one of the listed opportunities, please contact LAFLA’s Pro Bono Director, Phong Wong.

Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Community Outreach Unit

LAFLA is looking for attorneys to conduct client interviews, provide counsel and advice, draft court pleadings, conduct legal research and writing, attend hearings and trials, as well as develop, conduct, and coordinate educational materials and outreach. Bilingual attorneys, especially those who speak Asian languages are highly encouraged to apply. The Unit operates out of the West Office located at 1102 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90019, and is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Santa Monica Domestic Violence Clinic

LAFLA needs attorneys and law students to volunteer at their Domestic Violence Clinic in the Santa Monica courthouse, which is held every weekend morning. Volunteers at the DV clinic conduct client interviews, provide counsel and advice under supervision, draft domestic violence restraining order applications and provide guidance and support to people trying to survive and endure one of the most difficult times in their lives.

BET TZEDEK LEGAL SERVICES

Bet Tzedek provides aid to all eligible residents throughout Los Angeles County who are in need of legal assistance, regardless of racial, religious, or ethnic background.  Bet Tzedek’s pioneering projects combine direct legal representation with outreach, education, and legislative advocacy, resulting in equal access to justice for over 15,000 low-income Angelinos last year alone.  For more information, or to volunteer for one of the listed opportunities, please contact Bet Tzedek’s Pro Bono Director, Diego Cartagena.

Pro Bono Placement — Real Property and Probate

Bet Tzedek is seeking an attorney to serve as pro bono counsel to help a client gain title to property conveyed to him in 1985.  The matter may involve a probate proceeding.  You can find information on the matter by clicking HERE.

Pro Bono Placement — Estate Planning

Bet Tzedek is seeking an attorney with some estate planning experience to draft an estate plan for a 69-year-old woman who is an Israeli immigrant.  You can find information on the matter by clicking HERE.

Pro Bono Placement — Estate Planning

Bet Tzedek is seeking an attorney with some estate planning experience to draft a will and healthcare directive for a 68-year-old woman with limited assets.  You can find information on the matter by clicking HERE.

PUBLIC COUNSEL

As many of you know, the BHBA was a founder of Public Counsel, which is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation, and helps more than 30,000 people every year through the power of law.  Public Counsel’s activities are far-ranging, and impact a wide array of people who live at or below the poverty line.  Volunteer lawyers, law students, and legal professionals have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects.  For more information on Public Counsel, please contact their Pro Bono Director David Daniels at (213) 385-2977 x101

Pro Bono Placement — Limited Scope / Research Opportunity

For years, Public Counsel has been seeking pro bono attorneys to help victims of the Zepeda brothers.  Now incarcerated, the Zepedas stole title to hundreds of homes.  The District Attorney entered a stipulation and order, by which each of the fraudulent deeds is voided.  Public Counsel seeks pro bono assistance to draft a self-help packet that we can distribute to the homeowners whose title is still in David Zepeda’s name.  If you would like, you may also use your research to do a “trial run” with one or two of our current clients who have this problem.  Contact Adelaide Anderson for more information.

Pro Bono Placement — Gym Forces Out Members Who Are Paying Lower Rates

Both Client and his father are longtime members of a national-name gym.  They paid approximately $100 a year for membership at the gym, which is located in an up-and-coming neighborhood.  A few years ago, Gym told Client’s father that he no longer was welcome at the facility, and it terminated his membership.  Now the same thing has happened to Client.  Both times, Gym gave reasons for terminating the membership that appear to be false.  Both times, Gym then said the person could rejoin, but only at a much higher rate. Contact Adelaide Anderson for more information.

Pro Bono Placement — Small Business Owner’s Contractor Will Not Uphold Warranty

Client is a small business owner.  Since Client has rented the storefront from landlord, Client has had trouble with a leaky roof.  Client’s landlord claims he is not responsible for fixing it.  Frustrated with water-damaged goods, Client hired a contractor who provided a one year guarantee for the roof repair.  After making the repair, the roof starting leaking again.  Contractor will not respond to Client’s calls to uphold the warranty.  Contact Natalie Klasky for more information.

 

We hope you find this newsletter valuable, and look forward to the Barristers taking active roles in these incredible opportunities!

Very truly yours,

Elizabeth Hall, Pro bono Committee Co-Chair,

Jack J. McMorrow, Pro bono Committee Member, and

Autumn Ronda, Pro bono Committee Co-Chair and Immediate Past Barristers President

 

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