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Veterans Legal Institute Featured on ABC7 News


US Army veteran Victor Lewis was getting nowhere with his landlord after reporting a cockroach infestation in his apartment replica

Lewis, who served as an infantry supply clerk at Fort Campbell, Kentucky from 1983 to 1984, had enough with his landlord. He turned to a nonprofit law firm, Veterans Legal Institute, which stepped in to represent Lewis free of charge after his apartment complex did not resolve the issue quickly enough.

The Four Women Leading Orange County's Pro Bono Legal Services Organizations Embrace the Future

Women are changing the legal landscape as highlighted by the four women profiled below: Kate Marr, Executive Director of Community Legal Aid SoCal (LASOC), Antoinette Naddour, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Veterans Legal Institute, Monica Glicken, new Executive Director and General Counsel of the Public Law Center, and Brooke Weitzman, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the ELDR Center.Along with bringing a unique set of skills and professional backgrounds to the Orange County legal community, these women also offer a diversity of personal experiences and perspectives.



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.

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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.

View VLI's 2022 Impact Report here.


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.


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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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