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2012 Stories

2012 William J. Lasarow Awards Honor Bankruptcy Pro Bono Volunteers
The 2012 William J. Lasarow Awards Ceremony is an annual pro bono awards presentation to recognize the outstanding contributions of bankruptcy pro bono volunteers.

Shocking Case Puts Patient Dumping Back in the Spotlight
Public Counsel helped expose the problem of patient dumping by Los Angeles hospitals and change it. But a new case featured in the Los Angeles Times puts the issue back in the spotlight.

Elderly Woman Saves Her Family Home
An 83 year-old grandmother was on the verge of losing the home in which she had lived and raised her family since 1967. Public Counsel helped her fight back and she was able to keep her property. This article describes her story, and a common home equity fraud scam that preys upon elderly homeowners. 

Protecting Debtors from Fraud and Abuse
Many debtors at Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk have received incompetent advice from bankruptcy petition preparers.


2011 Stories

Public Counsel Finds Representation for Woman After Attorney Abandons Her
After paying an attorney $1700 to represent her in a bankruptcy case, a monolingual Spanish speaker found that her attorney had abandoned her.

Protecting Debtors from Fraud and Abuse
Many debtors at Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk have received incompetent advice from bankruptcy petition preparers.

Fighting Loan Modification Fraud in the Bankruptcy Court
An elderly couple visited Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self-Help Desk because they were afraid of losing their home. Public Counsel's pro bono volunteers helped to stop the foreclosure process.

Helping a Single Mother Recover $2,000
Public Counsel assisted a single mother with an autistic child to recover $2,000 that had been garnished before she filed for bankruptcy.

Public Counsel Uncovers Foreclosure Rescue Scam
Public Counsel successfully represents bankruptcy identity theft victim and uncovers large-scale fraud by foreclosure rescue scam company; perpetrators under arrest.

Golfers Tee Off for Public Counsel's Debtors Assistance Project
Golfers teed off for a good cause at the Earle Hagen Memorial Golf Tournament benefiting Public Counsel's Debtors Assistance Project. Public Counsel has assisted thousands of Californians facing possible bankruptcy with free legal advice through its clinic in downtown Los Angeles.

'We Are Public Counsel': Snapshots from the 2011 Pro Bono Awards
Public Counsel celebrates the attorneys and professionals who helped us provide free legal help valued at $88 million last year and change thousands of lives. "Our honorees are talented attorneys and professionals and they are making our city and nation a better place to live," said President and CEO Hernan Vera.


2010 Stories

Bankruptcy Self Help Desk Gives Debtors Some Peace of Mind
Public Counsel's Bankruptcy Self Help Desk assists in understanding and preparing filings in bankruptcy cases - in this instance helping a family avoid foreclosure while negotiating a loan modification.

A Grandmother Risks Losing Her Home
An 83-year old woman faced with foreclosure gets help from Public Counsel to fight loans obtained through elder abuse.