Disable all preview features

Human and Civil Rights : Advocacy and Education

Public Law Center

Providing Access to Justice For Orange County's Low Income Residents

three stars

81.15

601 Civic Center Drive West Santa Ana, CA 92701
tel: (714) 541-1010   Web Site
EIN: 95-3709253

Board Leadership
Michael Ermer
President

CEO
Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 81.15 three stars
  Financial 73.35 two stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 37th year of service, PLC's staff of nearly 40 works with more than 1,600 volunteer lawyers, law students and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

The Public Law Center, Orange County's pro bono law firm, is committed to providing access to justice for low income residents. Through volunteers and staff, the Public Law Center provides free civil legal services, including counseling, individual representation, community education, and strategic litigation and advocacy to challenge societal injustices. Now in its 37th year of service, PLC's staff of nearly 40 works with more than 1,600 volunteer lawyers, law students and others from throughout the county who volunteer their time and expertise.

Impact Information

Looking for Impact Information?

Charity Navigator is collaborating with GuideStar, GlobalGiving, Classy, and ImpactMatters to display impact-related information for rated nonprofits. However, not all rated nonprofits have provided impact information yet. Each of these partners has supplied Charity Navigator with the impact information they receive directly from nonprofits. Submissions must be made on our partner's websites and we plan to update the display of this information regularly.

If you are interested in seeing this charity provide its impact information, please click below. Note, this is simply an indication of your interest.

Financial

two stars

73.35

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
75.4%
  Administrative Expenses 17.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.07
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.14
  Program Expenses Growth 2.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 61.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Public Law Center on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Law Center (CA) 81.15 three stars
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (MA) 87.14 three stars
Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC) (MD) 92.99 four stars
Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia (DC) 95.73 four stars
Texas Defender Service (TX) 88.17 three stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,512,535
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $614,959
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $889,150
Total Contributions $3,016,644
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $3,016,644
   Other Revenue $108,831
TOTAL REVENUE $3,125,475
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,026,681
   Administrative Expenses $566,475
   Fundraising Expenses $183,389
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $2,776,545
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $348,930
   
Net Assets $388,113

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Free Legal Services $2,026,681 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 08/01/2018 81.15 three stars
2016-12 05/01/2018 80.94 three stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 81.48 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 87.84 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 12/22/2015 92.36 four stars
2013-12 05/01/2015 92.16 four stars
2012-12 06/01/2014 91.52 four stars
2011-12 11/01/2013 92.75 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 89.75 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 95-3709253
Name in IRS Master File PUBLIC LAW CENTER
NTEE Code I80
NTEE Classification Legal Services
NTEE Type Crime, Legal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1985
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$166,000 5.97% Kenneth Babcock Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Public Law Center (CA) 81.15 three stars
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law (DC) 90.02 four stars
D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center (DC) 93.74 four stars
Virginia Legal Aid Society (VA) 89.71 three stars
Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Inc. (CLINIC) (MD) 92.99 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Public Law Center
601 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
tel: (714) 541-1010
fax: (714) 541-5157
EIN: 95-3709253

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Michael Ermer
President

CEO

Kenneth W. Babcock
Executive Director

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.