The Trinity Law Clinic (Law Clinic) at the Orange County Rescue Mission was created and established in June of 2009 as a partnership between Trinity Law School (Trinity) in Santa Ana, CA and the Orange County Rescue Mission (OCRM) in Tustin. This Law Clinic was established to provide free legal services with the goal and mission in mind of “serving the legal needs of the students of the Orange County Rescue Mission with the future goal of serving the legal needs of the homeless population of the greater Orange County area.” The Law Clinic focuses on assisting the new and existing OCRM students in addressing any and all legal issues that may be lingering in that student’s background. At this time the Law Clinic’s legal services are limited to only those students who are enrolled and a part of any OCRM campus or affiliation.
The Clinic is comprised of two (2) Attorney/Professors, Ken Chinn and Joy Statler who oversee the consultations performed by two (2) Trinity law students. These students, under the supervision of the Attorney/Professors, diagnose and provide guidance to the OCRM students who have been consulted. All new OCRM students are scheduled for an initial legal consultation at the Law Clinic even if the students are not aware of any pending legal issues in their background. Often times the Law Clinic is able to bring to the surface an issue of which the OCRM student was not aware, helping to bring closure to that matter. The Law Clinic focuses on all facets of the general law and has a wealth of resources for referral should an issue or area of the law surface that is beyond the expertise of the Law Clinic.
Students who are in need of a legal consultation should contact their case manager to set up an appointment. Attorneys who wish to be a part of the Law Clinic’s pro bono referral base should email Bryan Kazarian below.