GARDEN GROVE, Calif. (Jan. 26, 2012) — The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is partnering with the Orange County Asian American Bar Association to provide free legal services to the Asian American community of Orange County.
Beginning Sat., Feb. 4, 2012, APALC and OCAABA members, volunteer attorneys and law students will partner to conduct the first of at least six free clinics for the Vietnamese community at Nguoi Viet Daily News, at 14771 Moran Street, Westminster, CA 92683. The clinic will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
In addition to support from OCAABA and Nguoi Viet Daily News, the clinics are also partly supported by the Orange County Bar Association Charitable Fund.
“We are grateful for the support of the Vietnamese community and the Orange County legal community so we can continue to bring such important services to many of those who would otherwise have nowhere else to turn for legal help,” said Tammy Peng, an APALC attorney who is organizing the clinics.
Six free legal clinics are scheduled at Nguoi Viet this year: February 4, March 25, May 19, July 28, Sept. 22 and Dec. 1. No appointments are required, and walk-ins are accepted. Vietnamese-speaking and volunteer translators will be present to help individuals.
For additional information, please call APALC’s Vietnamese hotline at 1-800-267-7395.
“OCAABA is proud to be working with APALC as one of the few, if not only, Orange County legal organizations primarily serving the Asian American immigrant communities,” said Gloria Lee, president of OCAABA and an attorney with Rutan & Tucker, LLP. “Through APALC, our attorney, law student and civic leader members have had the opportunity to work directly with the community on issues such as immigration, domestic violence, real estate and business issues. We are so pleased with APALC’s ability to provide regular pro bono clinics for the community and for working with us to provide services to those who would not have otherwise had the opportunity to obtain the legal help they need.”
OCAABA’s Community Education and Service Co-Chair Nathan Watanabe, and a partner with Watanabe & Suemori, LLP, said: “OCAABA is very happy to partner with APALC to help provide legal services to underrepresented communities in Orange County. Our attorney members possess not only the diverse legal experience to address the specific needs of the clinic participants but also the cultural sensitivity and language skills to make the clinic participants feel comfortable discussing their legal issues.”
The Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), a member of the Asian American Center for Advancing Justice, is the nation’s largest Asian American legal and civil rights organization and serves more than 15,000 individuals and organizations every year. Founded in 1983, APALC’s mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society. Through direct legal services, impact litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development and capacity building, APALC seeks to serve the most vulnerable members of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities while also building a strong Asian American and NHPI voice for civil rights and social justice.