Friday, July 26, 2013

Deputy District Attorney Laura Robles Awarded 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards

Congratulations to Deputy District Attorney Laura Robles who recently was awarded the 2013 President’s Pro Bono Service Awards by the State Bar of California. The following is a write-up from her recent award:

Deputy District Attorney Laura Robles is a Deputy District Attorney in San Bernardino who has provided dedicated pro bono assistance to the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association (IELLA) Legal Aid Project Clinic since 2008. In 2012, she volunteered at four to six clinics located in Riverside and Colton each month, while a typical volunteer commits to volunteering once a month.  At the clinics, Ms. Robles provided legal advice on family law and domestic violence matters. 

She also worked on collection responses and tenant evictions. Ms. Robles’ empathy and ability to counsel clients, particularly those who have experienced trauma and consider the legal aid project to be their last stop of hope, make her an extremely effective advocate.  Because she is bilingual, she was also able to provide direct services to monolingual Spanish speakers.  Ms. Robles dedicated more than 200 hours to IELLA through both direct clinical services to more than 120 clients of which 50 spoke only Spanish and her leadership role serving as President of the Board of Directors and member of the Fundraising Committee. 

Ms. Robles also is a member of the Board of Directors for Inland Counties Legal Services, the federally funded legal aid organization that serves indigent residents of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties.

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