Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Make a Difference In Your Community

How You Can Help
Our Cause:  To Help Bridge the Justice Gap

Based on the 2000 Census, one in ten people in Orange County and southeast Los Angeles County are living below the poverty level. In addition, a large number of low-income litigants are unable to afford the help of a private attorney. These figures reflect the disparity that exists on a statewide and national level.

In fact, the California Commission on Access to Justice reported in March 2007 that two-thirds of the legal needs of low income individuals in California go unmet. As set forth in the report, while there is one private lawyer for every 250 residents, there is only one legal aid attorney available for every 8,361 low-income residents throughout California.

The “justice gap” identified in the Commission’s report show that indigent persons lack access to essential civil legal assistance, which then often detrimentally impacts individuals in need of legal services, their families and our communities.

LASOC’s programs and services are aimed at stabilizing families and providing solutions that to help low-income individuals become independent. By becoming a partner, a volunteer or by otherwise supporting LASOC, you will:

Protect spouses and children from domestic violence. Safeguard the elderly against fraud and abuse. Help families, children and elderly obtain health insurance and other benefits. Assist homeless individuals with legal issues to help them become self-sufficient. Provide individuals with help in filing taxes and obtaining tax benefits to which they are entitled.

You can make a difference today.

For more information

Contact the Director of Fund Development, Iris Ma at irisma@legal-aid.com.