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Mark Garscia, Volunteer of the Year
Sara Rondon, LACBA DVP Project Coordinator
Clark Brown, LACBA General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer

On April 13, 2015, the County of Los Angeles presented its Volunteer of the Year Awards during a luncheon at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.  Honored on behalf of the services he provides to LACBA Domestic Violence Project (DVP), was Mark Garscia of Christie, Parker, & Hale.  Over the last four years, Mark has volunteered his time to assist the thousands of victims of violence the DVP sees each year.  Mark has also been instrumental in recruiting new volunteers and been an active participant in the fund-raising efforts needed to facilitate the DVP's pro bono legal services, including making personal and firm donations.  Mark is a first-generation volunteer and his daughter, Hayley, is a second generation volunteer.

On behalf of the thousands of victims Los Angeles County Bar Association's Domestic Violence Project assists per year, we thank the LACBA Litigation Section for their generous contribution to our efforts.


David Hoiles, is a Shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Jackson Lewis P.C., representing employers and individuals in all types of employment litigation.

Dave has been a volunteer with the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) DVP since 2011, generously giving his time to provide legal assistance to victims of domestic violence.

"As a practicing attorney, I believe I have a responsibility to give back to those in my community who are in need but cannot afford adequate legal representation. As a father, I believe it is important to lead by example and try to instill in my three children the importance of community service. I am fortunate to work at Jackson Lewis P.C., a firm which shares my beliefs and strongly supports the pro bono activities of its 770+ attorneys."

"The LACBA DVP provides me the opportunity to positively impact underserved members of my community at a time when they are most vulnerable. I feel a profound sense of accomplishment when the individuals I assist obtain much-needed protection from abusive spouses, partners or relatives. I am honored to work alongside the dedicated individuals employed by LACBA DVP who devote their professional lives to this worthy cause and look forward to continuing my involvement with this fantastic organization."

Throughout his service Dave has shown an excellent commitment to our cause. His volunteer service improves our ability to provide legal services to thousands of domestic violence victims LACBA DVP sees annually. Thank you, Dave, for the work you do!


On April 7, 2014, the County of Los Angeles honored two of LACBA DVP volunteers for their dedication to providing services to domestic violence victims in Los Angeles County.  The awards were presented at a luncheon held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which was attended by county dignitaries, including the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Jennifer Bonneville, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP, has been a volunteer with the DVP since 2009 and has generously given her time to assist those in domestic violence situations. Jennifer states “the time I spend at the Domestic Violence Project is my chance to make a difference to an individual. This is not only a huge responsibility, but a chance to empower them so that they are no longer victims.”

Volunteers of the year: Jennifer Bonneville, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Kendra Thomas, Certified Family Law Specialist.

Clark Brown, LACBA General Counsel & CAO; Jennifer Bonneville, of counsel with Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Sara Rondon, LACBA DVP Project Coordinator; Kendra Thomas, Certified Family Law Specialist. — at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Kendra Thomas, a certified family law specialist, has been volunteering with the Project since 2010.  Assisting in the DVP clinic, and also representing clients at their hearings, Kendra has donated hundreds of hours working with victims of domestic violence.  Kendra states “She is excited about helping people achieve justice because she believes that no one should have to live in fear.”

Thank you to both Jennifer and Kendra for their time and dedication.  LACBA’s DVP is in its 28th year of providing legal services to victims of violence in both the Central and Northeast districts of Los Angeles County.  Without volunteers like them, LACBA DVP would not be able to assist the thousands of victims it sees each year.  For more information on the DVP, and how you can help, please visit our website at www.lacba.org/dvp.

LAPD Detectives joined LACBA's Domestic Violence Project for its 9/10/13 TRO seminar. The Detectives participated by sharing their experiences while responding to 911 calls for Domestic Violence victims, explaining the dangers faced by the families and also the risks to law enforcement. From left to right are Detective Monica Quijano, DVP Directing Attorney, Debbie Kelly, Detective Jessamyn Morales, and Detective Ysabel Villegas.

See videos from the victims, the Director of the Domestic Violence Project, and the Presiding Family Law Judge.

Program Information

For nearly 30 years, battered and broken victims of domestic violence have solemnly made the trip to Los Angeles Superior Court seeking help. With them come their wounds, their injuries, their fears, and often their children. Navigating the judicial maze that comprises Stanley Mosk Courthouse at First and Hill in Los Angeles is an intimidating task. Yet the victims come. Sent by law enforcement. Sent by shelters. Sent by social workers. Or sometimes, driven by their personal desire for physical salvation and safety.

They come because they have been told there is help. And, they are right... there is help. That help is you. Volunteers work one-on-one with victims, assisting the Pro Per Litigant in preparing the complicated and lengthy legal document, which is required in order to file for a Temporary Restraining Order. The orders may include stay-away orders, move-out orders, and child custody orders. Often, the relief sought is granted on the same day. Volunteers are attorneys, paralegals, and law students, and they work under the supervision of the Domestic Violence Project Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly and Project Coordinator Sara Rondon.

Attorney volunteer Amie Medley says, “Volunteering at the Domestic Violence Project has been a great experience.  Helping people in our own community who really need it is one of the reasons I went to law school.  I really appreciate Arnold & Porter’s continued support of the time and effort I contribute to the Project as part of its commitment to providing pro bono services to those in need.”

Volunteers commit to two three-hour sessions per month for seven months. There is no contemplation of employment. All volunteer hours take place during the day, Monday-Friday only. No prior experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be LACBA members, and computer efficiency is required. No ongoing representation is necessary. Bring with you nothing but your compassion and willingness to make a difference in someone's life.

Information for Victims:

Volunteer attorneys, law students, and staff provide one-on-one legal assistance for the preparation of documents to file for a Temporary Restraining Order.

Los Angeles Superior Court
Room 235
111 N. Hill Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Monday-Thursday—8:00 a.m.-12 noon and 1:00-3:30 p.m.;
Friday—8:00 a.m.-12 noon

What if I want an attorney to appear in court with me?

LACBA Domestic Violence Project does not provide attorneys to appear in court with you for your hearing. If you can pay for an attorney, please call Lawyer Referral and Information Service by telephone (213) 243-1525. Ask for their Middle Income Program!

What does it cost to file for a Temporary Restraining Order?

There is no court filing fee charge for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order.

How long does it take to file for a restraining order?

You will be in the courthouse for several hours. It is best not to bring your children because many courtrooms do not allow children inside. But, if you must bring them, please take them to the child care center in the downtown courthouse. Child care is provided free of charge. Otherwise, try to bring a friend to watch your children in the hallway while you are inside the courtroom.

The court will not accept filings between 12—1:30 p.m. or after 3:30 p.m.

It is recommended that you arrive at 8:00 a.m.