Support Our Mission & Vision

Make a tax-deductible donation today!

Your contribution today will provide deserving post-bar law clerk recipients with the ability to provide high-quality holistic defense to our justice-involved military veterans and work alongside our attorneys, social workers, and paralegals to help improve their lives.

Veterans and Community Thanksgiving are on our minds every day in November and throughout the year. At the Public Defender’s Office, we know firsthand the struggles of our justice-involved veterans and we give thanks every day that they continue to fight for their lives and survive.

Approximately 8% of the incarcerated population in the U.S. are military veterans that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, substance abuse disorder, and other military service-related ailments. In Los Angeles County, our defenders work collaboratively with the Court, District Attorney, Veterans Administration, and treatment providers to offer our veterans charged with felonies an alternative to prison. We do this knowing that in our country, approximately 6,500 veterans commit suicide every year, 20 per day!  With substance abuse disorder and mental health assistance provided to our military service men and women in The Veterans Court Pilot Program, our defenders help save lives.

Financial hardships often steer talented law students away from work opportunities that serve the public interest. You can help change the lives of our post-bar law clerks and, in turn, our veteran 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.


Public Defender


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

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
lc_Marcus Williams

McGeorge Student Ambassador

Marcus Williams

McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific

Robyn Loza

Trinity Law School
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Madelaine Ambrus

UC Irvine School of Law
LC_Ivan Gonzalez1

Public Service Award Recipient

Ivan Gonzalez

Loyola Law School, LA

2020 Nancy Stuart Public Interest Award Recipient

Jonathan Mendoza

UC Hastings Law
LC_Hannah Mandel1

George and Katrina Woolverton Public Service Award

Hannah Mandel

Southwestern Law School

Mariapaola Santacruz Castro

Southwestern Law School
LC_Stephanie Salceda1

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

Stephanie Salceda

Loyola Law School, LA

Crystal Ventura

Pepperdine Law School

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

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