April 28, 2018: Housing Resource Fair

April 28, 2018: Housing Resource Fair

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:

  • Apply for KYHC Principal Reduction Program – up to $100,000
  • Learn About Unemployment Mortgage Assistance – up to$3,000 per month (Bring Your EDD Benefits Stub & Award Letter)
  • Learn About Loan Mods, Refinancing and Reverse Mortgages
  • Improve Your Credit & Develop a Spending Plan
  • Get More Info on PACE & Hero Loans and Tax Issues
  • Prevent Real Estate Scams and Fraud!
  • Ask Your Questions & Meet with a HUD Housing Counselor!

DATE: 9am to 12pm on Saturday, April 28, 2018
LOCATION: Lakeview Senior Center 20 Lake Drive, Irvine, CA
RSVP: Online at Eventbrite.com:
https://ochomehelp.eventbrite.com

Workshop Agenda
9-9:30am- Learn How to Apply for KYHC Programs, Loan
Workouts and Ways to Improve Your Credit 9:30-9:45am- Reverse Mortgage & Tax Info 9:45-10am- Preventing Real Estate Scams & Fraud 10-10:30am- Help with PACE & HERO Loans and more nonprofit housing services!

For Detailed Event Flyer, click here.

LEGAL AID FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNTY OF ORANGE ON BEHALF OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES LIVING AT THE SANTA ANA RIVERBED

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LEGAL AID FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNTY OF ORANGE ON BEHALF OF HOMELESS INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES LIVING AT THE SANTA ANA RIVERBED

On February 7, 2018, the Legal Aid Society of Orange County filed a lawsuit against the County of Orange for discriminatory actions taken against homeless individuals with disabilities who currently reside at the Santa Ana Riverbed. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of People’s Homeless Task Force, a homeless advocacy association, and seven homeless individuals who live at the Riverbed.

On January 22, 2018, the County began the process of evicting hundreds of people living at the Riverbed, the majority of whom experience mental or physical disabilities, or both. Although the County had previously committed to relocating every willing homeless person on the Riverbed to appropriate housing and services before requiring them to leave, the County buckled under mounting political pressure and began sweeping the Riverbed even though hundreds of people had not yet accessed the County’s services. The lawsuit alleges that the County’s program and its sudden eviction of Riverbed residents before the program was completed are discriminatory because its actions deny individuals living on the Riverbed access to the benefits of the County’s services by reason of their disabilities.

“My team and I were retained by desperate homeless residents living in substandard conditions with hopes of accessing the services and housing options promised by the County so that they could successfully exit the Riverbed encampments. Despite weeks of working with the County to seek reasonable solutions for our clients, it was clear that County services are so inadequate that they would only cause further harm to individuals with disabilities,” said Lili Graham, Director of Litigation at the Legal Aid Society of Orange County. “The County has identified the complex needs of the homeless in obtaining significant funds from the state and federal governments, yet much of that money has gone unspent. The County must take a hard look at the implementation of its program and work with knowledgeable professionals to create viable long-term solutions for chronically homeless individuals. A mass eviction of the County’s most vulnerable residents is not a solution.”

The lawsuit alleges that Orange County has nearly $700 million in unspent funds available to end homelessness, including $146 million for housing vouchers, $8 million for affordable housing, $67.5 million for mental health treatment and residential care, and nearly $227 million in CalWORKS funding. However, the County’s continued lack of willingness to implement long-term solutions to end homelessness has left these vast funding reserves largely untapped.

Plaintiffs are represented by Lili Graham, Sarah J. Gregory, and Michelle Kim Kotval, attorneys from the Legal Aid Society of Orange County.

Editorial contact: Lili Graham | 714.571.5282 | lgraham@legal-aid.com

About Legal Aid Society of Orange County

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free legal aid services to our community’s most vulnerable populations: veterans, the homeless, families, and low-income individuals. For over 58 years, LASOC has spread its services— advocacy, legal counseling, community education, and legal representation—throughout Orange County and southeast Los Angeles to bring equal access to justice for all.

Press Release: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Press Release: Dean Erwin Chemerinsky to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

June 21, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa Ana, CA – The Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC) announces four honorees for the 2017 Voices for Justice Annual Awards Dinner. The event will be held on October 12, 2017 at the Bowers Museum.

Erwin Chemerinsky
Dean, UC Berkeley School of Law
Founding Dean, UC Irvine School of Law
Robert J. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award

Todd Friedland, the Orange County Bar Association, and its Charitable Fund
Outstanding Community Service Award

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
Access to Justice Award

 William Wise
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Elder Law and Disability Rights Center
Patricia Herzog Pro Bono Award

The fourth annual event showcases LASOC’s partners in its 59-year effort to provide essential legal aid services to those who need it most. Each year, LASOC serves over 114,000 people, including seniors and low-income individuals, and promotes equal access to the justice system through advocacy, legal counseling, innovative self-help services, in-depth legal representation, economic development and community education.

Dean Erwin Chemerinsky will receive the Robert J. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award from the largest legal services organization in Orange County. Dean Chemerinsky has left a lasting legacy in Orange County as the Founding Dean of UCI Law School. Under his leadership, a new generation of public interest and pro bono attorneys receive their legal education with an emphasis on experiential learning and public service. UCI Law School has provided over 67,000 hours of pro bono service to the community since 2009, of which, over 10,5000 hours were completed to serve LASOC’s client community. Dean Chemerinsky is one of the nation’s strongest voices for access to justice, civil right and civil liberties and will begin his new post as Dean of UC Berkeley School of Law this summer.

Under the leadership of Orange County Bar Association (OCBA) Past President Todd Friedland of Stephens Friedland LLP, the OCBA, its Charitable Fund and LASOC have forged an even stronger partnership in our joint pursuit for equal justice for all. In the past year, Todd’s leadership at the OCBA, and now its Charitable Fund, has made LASOC’s Homelessness Outreach Program possible and engaged hundreds of volunteers to becoming part of the solution to Orange County’s homelessness crisis.

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP has provided thousands of hours of pro bono service to a wide range of LASOC matters aimed at serving Orange County’s homeless population and preventing vulnerable seniors, veterans, and children and their families from becoming homeless. Focusing on the City of Fullerton, the firm and it’s pro bono teams partnered with LASOC to achieve measurable impact on increased emergency shelters and low income housing units.

William Wise, co-founder and Executive Director of the Elder Law and Disability Rights Center, will be recognized for his over 32 years of public interest service. Wise was formerly supervising attorney of LASOC’s Senior Citizens Legal Advocacy Program and is a well-respected voice in the Elder Law community. Wise’s vision is for seniors, people with disabilities, and their families, to be able to age with dignity and independence through access to legal services regardless of income.

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Editorial contact: Iris Ma, Director of Fund Development | 714.571.5220 | irisma@legal-aid.com

About Legal Aid Society of Orange County

Legal Aid Society of Orange County is a non-profit organization that provides civil services to low-income individuals and promotes equal access to the justice system. For nearly 60 years, LASOC has spread its services – advocacy, legal counseling, community education, and legal representation – throughout Orange County and southeast Los Angeles.

Victory in Court for Low-Income Motel Residents

Victory in Court for Low-Income Motel Residents

The former Costa Mesa Motor Inn on Harbor Blvd. in Costa Mesa, CA.

Judge invalidates development approvals for conversion of Costa Mesa Motor Inn

Media coverage available from Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles – A developer may not convert a Costa Mesa residential motel to a luxury apartment complex by circumventing planning and zoning requirements for affordable housing, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled last week in The Kennedy Commission, et al. v. City of Costa Mesa, et al.

“LASOC’s affordable housing advocacy in Orange County highlights the desperate need for actual affordable units for low-income residents like our clients,” said Director of Litigation Lili Graham, who has litigated this case since 2016. “When many of the households were forced to move out of the Motor Inn, they had very few or no options for housing in this community. Thankfully, the Court confirmed the Legislature’s intent to provide tools that addresses the affordable housing crisis throughout California.”

Judge Mary H. Strobel invalidated development approvals for conversion of the Costa Mesa Motor Inn because the City allowed the proposed project to be built at 54 units per acre, well above the maximum 40 units per acre she said was permitted by local planning and zoning laws. The court ruled that under the state’s Density Bonus Law, cities may permit an increase in density only if the developer agrees to build some units affordable to poor people. That did not happen in this case, said Judge Strobel, who also held that the development approvals violated the City’s General Plan for land use.

“The state law gives developers an incentive to build affordable housing,” said Navneet Grewal, an attorney at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, who represents the Kennedy Commission — an Orange County housing advocacy organization — and four former tenants of the Motor Inn. “What the City and the developer improperly tried to do here was exactly the opposite – build luxury housing at the expense of low income tenants.”

The lawsuit also contends that under state law displacement of the long-term tenants requires the City to prepare a relocation assistance plan, which would include reimbursement for moving and related expenses. “For many years, the City has acted on a plan to demolish the Motor Inn and evict its long-term residents,” said Julian Burns from Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, another attorney for the petitioners. “The City may not do that without giving the assistance the law requires.”

Judge Strobel agreed that it was “undisputed that persons who were long-time residents of the Motor Inn have been required to vacate the premises.” But the court stated it was unnecessary to decide the relocation issues, transferring the matter to another judge for trial.

The petitioners are represented by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, Bird Marella, the Public Interest Law Project in Oakland, the Public Law Center in Santa Ana, and Western Center.

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About the attorneys for the petitioners:

Legal Aid Society of Orange County and Community Legal Services of southeast Los Angeles County provides civil legal services to seniors and low-income individuals and promotes equal access to the justice system.

Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert, Nessim, Drooks, Lincenberg & Rhow, P.C. is a boutique litigation firm, whose trial lawyers defend national and multinational corporations, government agencies, closely held companies, partnerhsips, and individuals.

Public Interest Law Project, an IOLTA funded non-profit state support center, provides crucial litigation and advocacy support to local legal services and public interest law programs throughout California.

Public Law Center, Orange County’s pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low-income and vulnerable residents through counseling, individual representation, community education, strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices.

Western Center on Law and Poverty, an independent nonprofit law firm originally founded as a joint legal clinic of the law schools of USC, UCLA, and Loyola, brings about system-wide change on behalf of low-income individuals and families through impact litigation, advocacy, negotiations, and legal aid support.

(MCLE) “Let’s Talk About…Asset Protection” – April 18, 2017

(MCLE) “Let’s Talk About…Asset Protection” – April 18, 2017

Legal Aid Society of Orange County presents: 

Let’s Talk …

About Asset Protection 

 

Your affluent clients and successful business owner clients  may require more advanced income, estate and asset protection planning.  There ARE effective legal yet seldom used strategies to save on taxes, protect money from future lawsuits, and grow investments by beating the standard benchmarks.  The synthesis of newer and more creative strategies can enable savvy investors to grow and hold on to their assets even through troubled waters.  For instance, protecting an inheritance is serious business and while most estate planning lawyers focus on what will be left when a client passes on, it is also important to worry about airtight estate plans and protecting the client against financially devastating lawsuits while they are alive.  This presentation will alert you to advanced disruptive technologies that may transform your thinking.

 

Speaker will be Attorney

Jeffrey M. Verdon , admitted 1978

Masters of Law (LL.M. Taxation) from Boston University in 1979.

 

(“Let’s Talk About…” is a series of classes sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and led by Commissioner Vogl.  This series covers a variety of court issues and is for MCLE credit for lawyers, paralegals, and office staff.)

 

Date: April 18, 2017

1 hour MCLE

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Location:  2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana

Bring your lunch and questions!

 

Cost:   $25

 -or-

Accept a pro bono case with one of LASOC’s clients

-or-

Law students and judicial officers admitted without charge

 

Register by CLICKING HERE while space is still available!

 

(MCLE) April 11, 2017 – Let’s Talk About…Entering the Default Judgment In the Family Law Courts

(MCLE) April 11, 2017 – Let’s Talk About…Entering the Default Judgment In the Family Law Courts

The Legal Aid Society of Orange County presents: 

Let’s Talk About… 

ENTERING THE DEFAULT JUDGMENT

In the family law courts 

We are pleased to announce that two expert speakers from the Family Law Clerk’s office will make a presentation of the “do’s and don’t” of making application for the entry of a Default Judgment.  The latest rules, regulations, requirements and forms will be shown and discussed.  This is certainly a “must attend” for all offices which have ever had a “reject slip”  from the clerk’s office.  The speakers are well experienced and will end the session with plenty of time for “Questions and Answers”.  Come and have your previous frustrations resolved! 

Speakers will be: Zeke Armenta, Program Coordinator/Specialist

Salvador Reynoso, Self Help Senior Attorney  

(“Let’s Talk About…” is a series of classes sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and led by Commissioner Vogl.  This series covers a variety of court issues and is for MCLE credit for lawyers, paralegals, judges and office staff.) 

Date: April 11, 2017

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

1 hour MCLE 

Location:  2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana

Bring your lunch and questions!

 

Cost:   $25

 -or-

Accept a pro bono case with one of LASOC’s clients

-or-

Law students and judicial officers admitted without charge

 

Register by CLICKING HERE while space is still available!

 

Legal Aid Society of Orange County

2101 N. Tustin Avenue

Santa Ana, CA  927005

714-571-5204  office        *       714-571-5188 FAX

www.legal-aid.com           *   www.legalresolutions.com

(MCLE) Let’s Talk About the Subpoena – March 21, 2017

(MCLE) Let’s Talk About the Subpoena – March 21, 2017

Legal Aid Society of Orange County presents:

Let’s Talk …

About the Subpoena 

One of the county’s most experienced family law lawyers will discuss the useful tool of using subpoena’s in discovery.  When do you use a Subpoena Duces Tecum and when do you use a Witness Subpoena?  Are there some techniques which will bring forth more information?  How can you nail down evidence in the best possible manner? Here is a chance to hear someone answer all your questions at the same time you get MCLE credits.   Questions will be encouraged.

Speaker will be Attorney

Wayne L. Jones, admitted 1976

(“Let’s Talk About…” is a series of classes sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and led by Commissioner Vogl.  This series covers a variety of court issues and is for MCLE credit for lawyers, paralegals, and office staff.)

Date:  March 21, 2017

1 hour MCLE

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

Location:  2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana

Bring your lunch and questions!

 

Cost:   $25

 -or-

Accept a pro bono case with one of LASOC’s clients

-or-

Law students and judicial officers admitted without charge

 

Register by CLICKING HERE while space is still available!

New Workshop: Limited Conservatorship en Español

LASOC/CLS would like to announce that our Limited Conservatorship Workshop will now be offering it’s first workshop specifically for Spanish-speaking litigants. The first Spanish Workshop will be held on Monday, February 6th at 12:00pm in the Santa Ana Court in Room A-100. The workshop will explain what a Limited Conservatorship is, the process for obtaining a Limited Conservatorship, common problems and a review of the forms needed to obtain a limited conservatorship.

We will likely hold this workshop in Spanish at least one more time during the year. Therefore, this is a rare opportunity. If you would like to attend our Limited Conservatorship Workshop in English, it is the first Monday of every month at the Santa Ana Court in Room A-100, with the exception of holidays.

(MCLE) Let’s Talk About…Putting on the Trial! – 02.28.17

(MCLE) Let’s Talk About…Putting on the Trial! – 02.28.17

Legal Aid Society of Orange County presents:

Let’s Talk About… 

Putting on the Trial! 

This presentation is designed to teach how to “put it all together” when you’ve done the discovery, you’ve formed your theories, you’ve concluded your research, the final Trial Brief is done and you are ready to put on the trial.  How do you mark exhibits?  How many should you have with you when you appear in court?  Which is more important, opening statement or closing argument?  Here is a chance to hear and question a skilled trial attorney and pick his brain for his forty years of experience. Come and ask questions.

Speaker will be:

Evan Lee Ginsburg, Attorney at law

(“Let’s Talk About…” is a series of classes sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and led by Commissioner Vogl.  This series covers a variety of court issues and is for MCLE credit for lawyers, paralegals, judges and office staff.)

Date: February 28, 2017

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM

1 hour MCLE

Location:  2101 North Tustin Avenue, Santa Ana

Bring your lunch and questions!

Cost:   $25

 -or-

Accept a pro bono case with one of LASOC’s clients

-or-

Law students and judicial officers admitted without charge

 

Register by CLICKING HERE while space is still available!