Live MCLE Programming

PIAC is committed to providing continuing education for attorneys for the practice of social justice and policy advocacy.   We seek to develop attorneys and other legal professionals aware of current issues facing our region, and provide knowledge and practical tools to advocate for social justice. Our educational programs focus on public interest and social justice awareness as well as practical legal processes and tools for the social justice practice.  Our goal is the professional and personal development of social justice attorneys and practitioners either through their ordinary legal practice or through pro bono or other advocacy work.

PIAC is a verified multi-activity provider.


Affordable Housing California: Update on Law, Politics, and Economics.

November 19, 2019 @ 6:00 P.M.

Alpha Square, 550 14th St. (at Market St.)

Panel Members:  Anne Wilson, Chelsea Investment Corp.; Murtaza Baxamusa, Housing California & S.D. Building Trades; and Parisa Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Adj. Prof. & Asst. Dir. Public Service at USD Law

Come join our illustrious panel on. Presentation followed by Q & A.  130,000 homeless in California, 8,000 homeless in San Diego County.  “The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members” – Mahatma Gandhi.  What is California doing? Too many laws or not enough? Which laws are effective and which are a hindrance? 

Please RSVP to or at  Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative Meetup or Facebook page.  Free but suggested donation $25 for those receiving MCLE credit.  

MCLE Credit 1.5 Gen.

Free but suggested donation $25 for those receiving MCLE credit.  

Law and Motion: The Court’s Perspective

April 23, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Mission Brewery, 1441 L St, San Diego, CA 92101

Speakers:  San Diego Superio Court Judge Kenneth Medel and Staff Attorney Ken Jensen

Please join our speakers from the San Diego Superior Court as they review common mistakes the court sees and ways to improve your writing.

Space is limited, please RSVP by emailing 1.5 GEN Credits. Suggested donation $20 for MCLE credit.

Human Trafficking:  Survivors’ Rights and Advocacy

November 3, 2018, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

City Heights Weingart Library, Community Room, 3795 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105

Moderator: Paul Freese; Panelists: Camille Mica, Hon. Karen Gauff, Karen Proseck

Please join the Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative, with moderator Paul Freese, Founder of the Human Trafficking Legal Network, and panelists Camille Mica, victims rights advocate, Hon. Karen Gauff, and Karen Proseck, Supervising Attorney Children’s Legal Services of San Diego for “Human Trafficking: Survivors’ Rights and Advocacy.” The moderator and panelists are attorneys and experts devoted to combating human trafficking and empowering survivors. Attorneys will learn the discrimination victims of human trafficking face in securing employment, housing, and other areas, and how to provide trauma-informed assistance to survivors.

2.0 Elimination of Bias Credit MCLE Hours.  Multi-provider status approved.

Suggested donation $20 for MCLE credit.  Please donate in cash or check.

Sponsored by:

Outten & Golden LLP

Antonyan Miranda, LLP


The Patio Group

Diversity Matters: Transgender Rights

Speakers:  Vicki Estrada and Danielle Blackhall, Esq.

October 10, 2018

Baja Betty’s, 1421 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

 Ms. Blackhall is an employment and education law attorney with Paul, Plevin, Sullivan, and Connaughton. Ms. Blackhall represents and advises private and public employers in administrative proceedings and all aspects of labor and employment litigation in California state and federal courts. Vicki Estrada is an award winning landscape architect and transgender advocate.

Transgender individuals face unique discrimination concerning employment, housing, and other matters. Ms. Blackhall and Ms. Estrada will be discussing the legal landscape surrounding transgender individuals and give insight into the struggles they go through. Attorneys can learn what laws impact transgender individuals and how to get involved.

1 Elimination of Bias Credit MCLE Hour

Suggested donation of $25 for MCLE credit. Please donate in person via cash or check.

OH No it’s the Pro Bono: Strategies for Effectively Representing Domestic Violence Victims

Speaker:  Mark Patterson, Esq.

March 28, 2018, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Legal Aid Office, 1764 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110

This program will address strategies for non-profit organizations and private attorneys to partner and pool resources to represent victims of domestic violence in obtaining temporary restraining orders. Mark Patterson has over 20 years of family law practice in San Diego and developed this strategy when he collaborated with the Center for Community Solutions. We will have presentations by Legal Aid, the Center for Community Solutions, and San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program on ways attorneys can volunteer. 
Domestic violence is a widespread and complicated issues, but with a relatively small amount of training and time commitment, attorneys can provide life-altering aid for the victims. For non-attorneys, knowledge of how the system works could make the difference in ending a loved one’s suffering. Please join us to learn about the ways to achieve justice, how to address the obstacles to attaining justice, and become a part of the community working to help against domestic violence.
1 General Credit MCLE

Administrative Writs of Mandate

Speakers: Mike Aguirre, Esq. of Aguirre & Severson LLP and Ken Jensen

February 24, 2018, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

University of San Diego, Warren Hall Room 3D

This presentation on the nuts and bolts of Administrative Writs practice in California Courts.  Public Interest Attorneys Collaborative is committed to encouraging attorneys to engage in public interest and social practice.  Such practice often includes work in government and other local agencies and requires knowledge of writ practice.   This seminar is designed to give an overview of writ practice in California courts, including procedure and legal standards.  The presentation will have an emphasis for practitioners, including cases involving environmental protection and land use decisions made by local agencies and commissions.

Parking Information:  Free in any white-lined spaces.  Further Details here.

2 General MCLE Credits

$40 for MCLE Credit, Free General Attendance

Diversity Matters: Transgender Rights

Speakers:  Vicki Estrada and Danielle Blackhall 

September 27, 2017, 6:00 PM

Baja Betty’s, 1421 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103

Two great speakers:  Attorney Danielle Blackhall and Award winning landscape architect Vicki Estrada will be discussing the legal landscape surrounding transgender individuals and give insight into the struggles they go through. Attorneys can learn what laws impact transgender individuals and how to get involved.   

Fostering Regional Economic Inclusion through Elimination of Bias

Speaker:  Omar Passons, Vice President, Community                                                          Development and Policy at the Jacobs Center for                                              Neighborhood Innovation

November 2, 2016, 5:30 PM

Mission Brewery, 1441 L Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Omar Passons’s presentation aimed to help attorneys evaluate their own unintentional biases, identify legal tools to help members of lower income communities secure access to needed capital without regard to race or protected classification, and to foster opportunities for regional economic inclusion.

Environmental Health and Environmental Discrimination

Speaker:  Diane Takvorian, Executive Director of the Environmental                          Health Coalition

July 27, 2016, 8:00 AM

Bread and Salt, 1955 Julian Avenue, San Diego, CA 92113

Diane Takvorian spoke regarding the impacts of urban planning on individuals’ health, the systematic discrimination of communities via environmental harm, and methods to combat and address such environmental discrimination.

Homelessness and Community Involvement

Speaker:  Steve Binder, Esq.

January 27, 2016, 8:00 AM

The Living Room Cafe, 5900 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115

Steve Binder, Esq. discussed the challenges of homelessness and how attorneys and other citizens can get involved.

Flyer – Steve Binder