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Your contribution is greatly needed and appreciated.

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.

On July 24, 2014, the Los Angeles County Bar Association Domestic Violence Project moved into its new space at Stanley Mosk Courthouse. The Los Angeles Superior Court provided the clinic with the increased and custom-designed space in Room 235 at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse, complete with privacy cubicles, with the hope that Petitioners will feel more comfortable telling their personal stories to the hundreds of attorney volunteers staffing the Project throughout the year. In the photo, from left to right are, Deborah A. Kelly, Directing Attorney, LACBA DVP; Judge Scott Gordon, LASC Family Law Supervising Judge; Clark Brown, LACBA CAO; Sara Rondon, LACBA DVP Project Coordinator; and Jessica Lopez, LACBA DVP Paralegal. The Project has been providing pro bono legal services to victims of domestic violence for 28 years.


David Hoiles, is a Shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Jackson Lewis P.C., http://www.jacksonlewis.com/home.php representing employers and individuals in all types of employment litigation. In addition to litigating, Dave has extensive experience counseling clients on a variety of employment-related issues and conducts training seminars, including sexual harassment prevention training. Dave practices both in state and federal court and also before such tribunals as the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the California Department of Industrial Relations - Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.

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!

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.

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.”

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.


Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie Lacey, and LACBA Domestic Violence Project, Directing Attorney, Debbie Kelly, at the DVP training on September 10th, 2013. More than 70 potential volunteers attended this training which included audience participation from LASC Judicial Officer Carol Hallowitz and detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department.

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

Bedtke_Suchil_Kelly_DVP Benefit Event

On Thursday, 9/19/13, Broads Circle and Provisors joined forces to provide an evening of food, fashion, art, and shopping with a percentage of the proceeds to benefit LACBA's Domestic Violence Project.  From left to right are Ann Marie Bedtke, LACBF Director, Sally Suchil, LACBA Chief Executive Officer, and Deborah Kelly, Directing Attorney of the Domestic Violence Project.

LACBA Installation Dinner

Deborah Kelly, Directing Attorney for LACBA's Domestic Violence Project, received recognition from Noah Graff, President of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, on September 20, 2012, at Casino Night. Casino Night is an annual event raising money for LACBA's Pro Bono Projects.

The annual LACBA Installation Dinner of new officers took place at the Dorothy Chandler on June 14, 2012. Over 500 guests attended the installation of Richard J. Burdge, Jr. as President.

LACBA Installation Dinner

From left to right: Hon. Margaret M. Morrow, District Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California (Past LACBA President); Margaret P. Stevens, Principal, Stevens Law (LACBA Treasurer); Debbie Kelly, Directing Attorney, LACBA Domestic Violence Project; Hon. Lee S. Edmon, Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Superior Court (Past LACBA President); Patricia Egan Daehnke, Partner, Bonne Bridges Mueller O'Keefe & Nichols (LACBA President-Elect); Carol Madeja, Managing Director, State Bar of California Bar Relations Outreach; Grace Midori Danziger, LACBA Director, Governance and Corporate Affairs.

On February 16, 2012, the Barristers Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) honored the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) in its Networking for a Cause event. The Domestic Violence Project assisted over 9,000 people in 2011 through its two legal clinics, Downtown Los Angeles and the former Pasadena clinic. The event took place at the Beverly Hills restaurant McCormick & Schmidt.

From left to right: John Mirish, Beverly Hills City Council, Ori Blumenfeld, Chair of the Networking Committee, Sally Suchil, LACBA Executive Director, Deborah Kelly, Directing Attorney of DVP, Sarah Luppen, Barristers' President, Dr. Tammy Baliszewski, Author.

Deborah Kelly, Directing Attorney of LACBA's Domestic Violence Project, (third from left) attended and spoke at the Open Courts Coalition's 1/18/12 rally "Stand Up For Justice." At the podium is Eric Webber, LACBA President. Other speakers included Governor Davis (fourth from left), Justice Carlos Moreno (fifth from left), and Paul Kiesel (right of Eric Webber), an organizer of the event.

Both the Mayor of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Police Chief Beck celebrated at Casino Night, the LA County Bar Foundation's fundraiser for LACBA's three Pro Bono Projects, which includes the Domestic Violence Project

Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich was the featured speaker at LACBA's Domestic Violence Training Seminar on 10/5/11. To a capacity audience of legal professionals willing to assist victims of intimate abuse, Mr. Trutanich spoke of the importance of "listening" to victims and of taking their cases seriously. Pictured are: Eve F. Sheedy, Senior Trial Deputy for Domestic Violence (left); Deborah A. Kelly, Directing Attorney of the Project; Carmen Trutanich, LA City Attorney, and Maureen Siegel, Deputy Chief, Branch and Area Division.

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

From left to right: Paralegal Jessica Lopez, Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly, Project Coordinator Sara Rondon

Program Information

For nearly 28 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, Project Coordinator Sara Rondon, and Paralegal Jessica Lopez.

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.

Where do I go?

Go to the location listed at the top of this page. Parking lots near the courthouses are expensive.

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.