Public Counsel (Los Angeles)

Largest pro bono law firm in the nation. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations.
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Primary geographic focus: California
Organization type(s): Provider
Tags: Pro Bono

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono law firm in the nation. Public Counsel works with over 5,000 volunteer lawyers, law students and legal professionals that assist over 30,000 children, youth, families, and community organizations every year.

Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations as well as the Southern California affiliate of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

The substantive areas in which Public Counsel works include: veterans advocacy, appellate law, federal pro se, community development, child care, education, homelessness prevention, children’s rights, adoption, consumer protection, bankruptcy, immigration, domestic violence, human trafficking, and equal access to the law.


News Story

Thousands of Children Seek Asylum, Many Without Lawyers

Jude Joffe-Block
KJZZ (local NPR)(Phoenix)
June 9, 2016
Between July 2014 and April 2016, the U.S. initiated removal proceedings against more than 64,000 children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents.


These Are the Attorneys Fighting Trump’s Immigration Ban at Airports Around the Country

Anna Silman
New York Magazine
January 31, 2017
A group of women rushed to the nation’s airports to offer their legal services to those impacted by Trump’s executive order on immigration.

News Story

How lawsuits are forcing cities to face their homeless issues

Theresa Walker
Orange County Register
February 23, 2017
Lawsuits brought on behalf of homeless people increasingly are being wielded in Southern California and elsewhere not just as punitive measures that win judgements for individuals.


Young, Illegal, and Alone

J. Weston Phippen
Atlantic, The
October 15, 2015
Their parents sent them to the United States to escape brutal violence. But to stay, they need to convince courts that sending them here constituted child abuse.


Refuge-seeking kids face deportation hearings alone

Martha Bergmark
September 4, 2014
Voices' ED Bergmark spotlights the work of civil legal aid attorneys, and calls for more resources so thousands of unaccompanied migrant children do not face complicated, high-stakes legal proceedings alone.

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