SANTA ANA, Calif. The Pacific Justice Institute, a Sacramento-based legal defense organization that champions civil liberties, including religious freedom and parental rights, has opened a satellite Southern California office.
Housed on the campus of the Trinity Law School, the office opened Oct. 16 and will be staffed by Karen Milam, a full-time PJI attorney. The campus location will enable the group to use law student interns to help with the legal cases.
"An office in Southern California is desperately needed to combat the challenges to religious liberty from groups such as the ACLU, which mounts attacks against our freedoms and is already operating nearly unopposed in Southern California," Brad Dacus, the institute's president, said in a news release.
"The legal needs of churches, parents and people of faith in this part of the state are so overwhelming that it is vital that a satellite legal office be put into action to assist our hundreds of affiliate attorneys in the five-county area. We are also excited to be adding Karen Milam to our team of full-time attorneys. Her extensive trial experience and passion for religious freedom will be invaluable."
The office opening makes Pacific Justice Institute the first conservative public interest legal organization to have offices in both Northern and Southern California.
Officials at the law school are also pleased with a partnership.
"Trinity is very pleased to be able to provide the Pacific Justice Institute with a Southern California office on our campus," an official statement from campus Dean Donald McConnell and Joe Wyse, executive Director of the Southern California Campus, said. "The office will be valuable to religious liberties in Southern California and to our students. We look forward to a strong continuing relationship between Trinity and the Pacific Justice Institute, which provides our student interns with practical experience defending religious liberty."
For more information, call (916) 857-6900 or visit pacificjustice.org.