Kristen C. Lara

  • Hosted by Public Law Center
  • Service location Santa Ana
  • Fellowship class year 2007
  • Program AmeriCorps Fellows Program

The Project

Kristen joined the Public Law Center (PLC) as an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Attorney to help address the firm’s needs in the area of family law. At PLC, Kristen assists low-income clients with family law matters such as dissolution, custody, visitation and guardianship by providing direct legal services and facilitating placements of cases to pro bono attorneys. She also staffs PLC’s La Habra clinic at the La Habra Family Resource Center and PLC’s Guardianship Clinic held in conjunction with the Orange County Bar Association. Additionally, Kristen reaches out to law students and attorneys to raise awareness of public interest opportunities. She gives presentations at southern California law schools, develops and coordinates pro bono projects in which law students can become involved, and works to expand the volunteer base to staff PLC’s other legal clinics. <br />PLC—Orange County&#39;s pro bono law firm—is committed to providing access to justice for low-income residents. Through volunteers and staff, PLC provides free civil legal services including counseling, individual representation, community education, strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge social injustices. Family law cases comprise a large volume of PLC’s caseload. Working with PLC’s Family Law Staff Attorney, Cynthia Holton, Kristen helps indigent clients receive the legal assistance they need with regard to family law matters. She also connects people to resources that empower them to represent themselves. <br />Prior to joining PLC, Kristen clerked at Public Counsel, the public interest law firm of the Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations. In 2007, she was honored as a volunteer of the year for her work on Public Counsel’s Adoptions Project. Kristen has also volunteered numerous hours at the Harriet Buhai Center for Family Law and Break the Cycle, Los Angeles.

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