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Veterans Legal Institute wins national 2021 Justice Award at the Vettys!


Thank you to VLI’s supporters, staff, volunteers, board and the Academy of United States Veterans for recognizing the life changing impact of free legal aid by Veterans Legal Institute to low income veterans and their families by awarding us its national Justice Award. We commit to continuing our good fight to make sure low income veterans access the very justice that they defend.

Veterans Legal Institute helps Navy veteran fight HOA after tree falls on his Mission Viejo home. 

Lela and Steven Grossack of Mission Viejo stand next to their house in Mission Viejo on Friday, May 17, 2019, part of which was severely damaged after a tree toppled on top of it. They are in a legal battle with their homeowners association over responsibility for repairs. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)



Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) provides pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members.



VLI’s staff hopes to empower clients in achieving a greater measure of self-sufficiency, and with that, to experience the lives they deserve.



Further, Veterans Legal Institute® is constantly seeking pro bono attorneys, paralegals, and other volunteers.

2021 Lawyers For Warriors Raises Over $175,000 To Lift Local Heroes

Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) proudly announces its annual fundraising event, Lawyers for Warriors, raised over $175,000 to serve Veterans in need. Military service changes a life forever, and generous supporters made sure pro bono legal services will be accessible for homeless and low-income Veterans. The hybrid virtual-in person event was held at 5:30 pm on November 8, 2021 and featured notable speakers and inspiring testimonials. All were a true reflection of the commitment to serve heroes in our communities. Wright Ford Young & Co. continued as the Title Sponsor. Special messages included Medal of Honor Recipient Jack H. Jacobs. Honorees included Law Firm of the Year – Sheppard Mullin, Veteran Advocate of the Year – Sheila-Marie Finkelstein, Community Partner of the Year – Orange County Community Foundation, Veteran of the Year – Andrea Bird-Steiner, and Attorney of the Year – Jeff Roberts.


The Veterans Legal Institute® (VLI) is among the only non-profit public interest law firms in the nation dedicated exclusively to the legal needs of current and former military members.

Centrally located at the intersection of the 5 and 22 freeways in Santa Ana, California with a satellite office in Tustin, California, VLI is a public interest law firm that empowers low income veterans with the type of zealous advocacy that helps them achieve a higher quality of life.


As veterans or current military members, VLI’s clients have demonstrated bravery and dedication to the country, protecting it both at home and abroad. Many of our clients have served in combat, enduring significant physical, emotional, and psychological wounds in the process. All of VLI’s clients have been members of the United States Armed Forces, giving of themselves so that our nation can remain safe and strong.

Many current and former service members face true challenges transitioning into their civilian lives after their military service is over. A large portion of the challenges veterans face are legal in nature, from battling with the VA over compensation and pension claims to discharge upgrades to expungements of criminal convictions preventing them from gainful employment. To honor their service, VLI provides free legal services to low income veterans and military members in a number of critical areas which often result in real improvements in their lives. VLI is able to leverage its legal network who donate their services pro bono thereby providing exponential service hours to its clientele.


Featured Sponsor

Founded in 1995, the Charitable Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Orange County Bar Association, overseeing and administering all charitable giving for the OCBA. The Charitable Fund is dedicated to bettering the Orange County community and legal profession by facilitating access to justice.

This goal is achieved by making monetary contributions to carefully selected Orange County law-related organizations.

The OCBA Charitable Fund awarded $205,000 worth of grants in 2018 to 15 law-related organizations and programs in Orange County and has awarded over $1,200,000 in grants over the last 10 years to deserving Orange County law-related orgnizations.

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