Neda Sargordan

The Project

My project provides assistance to undocumented immigrant clients in filing for immigration relief including asylum petitions, petitions available to victims of serious crime, domestic violence, and human trafficking. Additionally, my project involves coordinating the Family Advocates Community Clinic, a medical-legal partnership between St. Joseph Hospital Hospital and PLC. Through this partnership, I am able to combine the skills of medical professionals with those of lawyers to improve the overall health and well-being of PLC’s clients.

The Project

The Public Law Center has launched a Veteran’s Justice Project in an effort to serve our nation’s heroes in the legal arena. Legal services include but are not limited to expungement, discharge upgrade, veteran’s benefits, general civil services, and more and are focused on strengthening our nation’s veterans so that they are able to thrive without the burden of overwhelming legal affairs.

During her Fellowship, Antoinette:

  • Provided direct legal services to homeless and at risk veterans.
  • Coordinate and distribute hundreds of cases to pro bono attorneys.
  • Present on veterans legal issues and operations at local and national conferences
  • Data collection and record keeping for federal grant maintenance.

What’s Next

Antoinette is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Veterans Legal Institute. In her current role, Antionette:

  • Leads the overall strategic direction and management of the organization,
  • Creates and manages partnerships, including mobile legal clinics at multiple government, nonprofit, and private locations
  • Assists and facilitates various development projects, including special events, personal and corporate giving, annual gala, grant writing and internet donation support
  • Works with the Board of Directors to develop strategies to meet projected fundraising goals, conduct periodic review of all funds and approve all reports to grantors, IRS, FTB, and other government filings.


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A Legacy of Serving Our Nation’s Heroes

Equal Justice Works helped launch my career. I’ve been able to springboard from my Fellowship at the Public Law Center to my current role as Executive Director at the Veterans Legal Institute, which is the only veteran-specific pro bono public interest law firm in the nation.

Antoinette N. Balta /
2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow

The Project

Amy’s project, a medical legal collaborative, focused on providing access to legal services for vulnerable individuals by partnering with physicians and health care providers to meet the needs of their patients. She worked with our Family Advocates project which is a partnership between The Public Law Center and St. Joseph Health System in Orange County, California. Through the project Amy provided holistic legal services to patients which can range from access to benefits, estate planning, employment issues, landlord tenant disputes, and consumer issues.

Our clients face complex issues and social barriers every day. Providing access to the legal system allows them to focus on maintaining their health and the well-being of their families.

Amy Mejia /
2012 Equal Justice Works Fellow