February 2019

Serving Clients and Effecting Systemic Change

February 14, 2019

The impact of the advocacy by Community Legal Aid SoCal's Health Consumer Action Center on the lives of clients and towards creating systemic change.

Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services re-brand to become Community Legal Aid SoCal

February 1, 2019

Following 60 years serving residents in southern California, the new branding unifies the organization under one name.

January 2019

The Unlawful Detainer Workshop at Central Justice Center — A Vital Resource for Tenants Facing Eviction

January 10, 2019

Tenants who are served with an eviction lawsuit (unlawful detainer or UD) are often at a loss about how to respond in their case.  The Unlawful Detainer (UD) Workshop, conducted through a partnership between The Superior Court of California and the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC), was created to address this issue.

November 2018

LASOC-CLS Raises Nearly $185,000 For Community Legal Services At 60th Anniversary With ‘Come Fly With Us: Celebrating 60 Years Of Justice For All’

November 28, 2018

LASOC-CLS hosted its annual awards dinner and fundraising event, “Come Fly With Us: Celebrating 60 Years of Justice For All” on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Lyon Air Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. Attended by more than 265 guests, “Come Fly With Us: Celebrating 60 Years of Justice For All” raised nearly $185,000 aimed at providing civil legal services to seniors and low-income individuals and to promote equal access to the justice system.

Kate Marr’s Speech at the “Come Fly With Us” Dinner

November 19, 2018

As we celebrate our 60-year history tonight, we acknowledge how far we’ve come from our beginnings in the Orange County Bar Association and look forward to how far we will yet go.

Serving Those Who Served – Our Work Helping Veterans

November 13, 2018

They committed to serving the country and we are committed to serving them. Attorney Renato Izquieto’s first veteran client, Ralph (name changed), was a Marine ready to re-gain custody of his two children. 

October 2018

In the Right Place, Doing the Right Thing

October 22, 2018

As a native of Compton who was committed to serving his community, Anthony Filer began working in the neighborhood office of LASOC-CLS in June 1984. “My father was a respected community leader who persevered to follow and fulfill his dream to serve the people of Compton as an attorney.   He lived by the motto, ‘Never ever give up!’   He was my role model and inspired me to pursue law as a way of serving my community. “

Deb Rodriguez — From Intern to Board Member

October 15, 2018

As an intern in 1992, I was struck by the energy of what was happening at LASOC-CLS.  It was an exciting time as our executive director at the time, Bob Cohen (ret.), began visioning new ideas about how to reach and help more people in our service area.

Honoring Our Roots in the Orange County Bar Association

October 9, 2018

The Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) and Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) have a long and rich history in the county. LASOC traces its roots and existence to the OCBA.

September 2018

Meet Mary — Helping to Change Lives in Norwalk for 19 Years

September 25, 2018

LASOC-CLS Paralegal Mary Lozano recalls a recent time she was in a local market and one of the employees asked her if she worked at the legal aid Norwalk Domestic Violence Clinic. When Mary replied yes, the woman said she would never forget her face because Mary helped her about 10 years ago. “She told me that after I helped with her restraining order and divorce, she filed a self-petition under the Violence Against Women Act for immigration relief, which was granted. Her immigration status was adjusted and now she is working in the market and making a life for herself and her children. Our work truly makes a critical impact and changes lives.”

July 2018

LEGAL AID SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY AND COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES CELEBRATES VICTORY FOR LOW-INCOME RESIDENTS OF COSTA MESA

July 23, 2018

COSTA MESA, CALIF. (July 23, 2018) – Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services (LASOC-CLS), a private non-profit that provides legal advice, counseling and representation to low income individuals on various civil matters, today announced a major victory for low-income tenants displaced from residential motels by municipal action.

Free Online Dispute Resolution Available for Orange County Small Claims Cases

July 20, 2018

Santa Ana, CA- The Legal Aid Society of Orange County has created an Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) system for Small Claims cases filed in the Orange County Superior Court. The system was developed in collaboration with the Court and funded by a grant from the Legal Services Corporation. It is a free, convenient way for parties to resolve a Small Claims dispute online before trial. The service became available June 30, 2018 at odr.legal-aid.com.

LASOC-CLS ANNOUNCES 2018-2019 EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP

July 20, 2018

At its July Board of Directors meeting, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County – Community Legal Services of Southeast Los Angeles County (LASOC-CLS) welcomed its new executive leadership for 2018-2019: Roman Darmer, Brian Berggren, Debora Rodriguez, Douglas B. Davidson, Alan Slater, Adriana Moreno, Esther Morales and Lei Lei Wang Ekvall.

June 2018

Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services (LASOC-CLS) achieves victory in court on behalf of low-income residents of Huntington Beach.

June 26, 2018

In March 2018, plaintiffs in Kennedy Commission v. Huntington Beach filed a First Amended Petition in Superior Court, alleging that the City of Huntington Beach violated housing laws by adopting a specific plan amendment that prevents affordable housing from being built in the city. The city’s decision makes it even more difficult for low-income Huntington Beach residents to find housing in the city.

LASOC-CLS attends ABA Access to Justice Committee Fundraising Training

June 18, 2018

Fundraising is always a challenge for nonprofit law organizations. That’s why it helps significantly when other legal services organizations share their successful fundraising strategies and help troubleshoot problems.

April 2018

April 28, 2018: Housing Resource Fair

April 12, 2018

Struggling homeowners can receive up to $100,000 in free mortgage payment assistance to prevent foreclosure! Don’t Miss this FREE opportunity to meet with nonprofit HUD Approved Housing Counselors to:

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