The Orange County Superior Court has selected UC Irvine Extension instructor Renato Izquieta to receive the 2012 Humanitarian of the Year Award for his contributions to the Homeless Outreach Court Program for the past two years. Izquieta’s award recognizes those who dedicate their time to helping others regain self-sufficiency.
“Renato is very deserving of this prestigious honor and the Paralegal Certificate Program is proud to have him as an instructor,” said Tom Pokladowski, director of law, finance and business at UC Irvine Extension. “His passion and tenacity that he applies to helping people access legal services carries through to his classroom, in which he untiringly helps students obtain the skills necessary to succeed in the paralegal field.”
Since Judge Wendy Lindley created the court program in 2003, it has helped homeless people overcome the challenges they face in the criminal justice system, and has succeeded in improving lives of participants and quality of life in the community. More than a thousand people have benefited from the program.
Izquieta has served as staff attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, and he contributes to the Homeless Outreach Court Program by assisting veterans and the homeless with family law, supplemental security income, public benefits, and more.
“Allowing each and every person to have the ability to access to justice is the driving force behind why I am committed to the Homeless Outreach Court Program,” Izquieta said. “By reaching out and listening to their needs and making them matter and believe that they are important members of our society, we are taking the first steps to help alleviating and ending homelessness. It takes all of us to assist the homeless. We are all important pieces to the puzzle to provide a vital impact in their lives."
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