Support Our Mission & Vision

Make a tax-deductible donation today!

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month in Los Angeles County and across our country, we want you to know that our Department is dedicated to helping our clients face the many negative encounters and barriers associated with their mental health challenges, help educate justice-involved stakeholders and break down the stigma of mental illness.

Financial hardships often steer talented law students away from work opportunities that serve the public interest. Your contribution today will provide deserving recipients with the ability to provide high-quality holistic defense for our indigent population and work alongside our attorneys, social workers, and paralegals in both our adult and juvenile trial divisions, in addition to our collaborative work in the many specialized courts that specifically address mental health challenges: the Second Chance Women’s Re-Entry Court, The Veterans Court Pilot Program, Co-Occurring Disorders Court, Sentenced Offender Drug Court,  The Office of Diversion and Reentry’s Permanent Supportive Housing Pilot Project, STAR Court, Juvenile Drug Courts and the Juvenile Mental Health Court.

Be part of the Public Defender movement to transform criminal and juvenile justice systems in Los Angeles County! You can help change the lives of our post-bar law clerks and, in turn, our clients by making a tax-deductible donation today.

The cost to fully fund this twelve-week, life-changing, training experience for one post-bar law clerk is $13K.  Your generous donation will bring us one step closer to our goal to compensate sixty law clerks this year.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,


RICARDO D. GARCÍA
Public Defender

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Emily Wingett

Santa Clara University SoL
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Masters of Law Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine School of Law

Nicole Okung

Thomas Jefferson School of Law
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Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton Litigation Skills Adjunct Faculty Award Recipient
2018-19 Innovative Service in the Public Interest Award
2017-2018 HOPE Pro Bono Challenge Outstanding 1L Award

Maddie Seales

University of Miami SoL
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McGeorge Student Ambassador

Marcus Williams

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
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Robyn Loza

Trinity Law School
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Madelaine Ambrus

UC Irvine School of Law
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Public Service Award Recipient

Ivan Gonzalez

Loyola Law School, LA
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2020 Nancy Stuart Public Interest Award Recipient

Jonathan Mendoza

UC Hastings Law
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George and Katrina Woolverton Public Service Award

Hannah Mandel

Southwestern Law School
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Mariapaola Santacruz Castro

Southwestern Law School
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2020 Outstanding Clinical Student Award
2020 Dean's Service Award
2019 & 2018 Mexican American Bar Foundation Scholar

Stephanie Salceda

Loyola Law School, LA
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Crystal Ventura

Pepperdine Law School
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Adam O. Cohen

UCLA School of Law
Make a tax-deductible donation today!

For more information or if you’d like to further collaborate in achieving our Vision & Mission, please contact our Director of Strategic Growth & Development, Natasha E. Khamashta (562) 715-3410 nkhamashta@pubdef.lacounty.gov

Contributions or gifts to the County of Los Angeles or to any of its departments are tax-deductible if they are for public purposes. Los Angeles County is a chartered county and is a political subdivision of the State of California. The California Revenue and Taxation Code allows the same itemized deductions for California personal income tax purposes as are allowed under Internal Revenue Code Sections 170(a) and 170(c) (1) of the Internal Revenue Code which permit an itemized deduction for contributions and gifts to, or for the use of, a political subdivision of any State, if the contribution or gift is made for exclusively public purposes.

Los Angeles County’s Federal Identification Number is 95-6000927, and its California Tax Identification Number is 800-9593.