We Are Stronger Together!
One of the many Irvine Valley College #IVCTogetherStrong heroes is Paralegal Studies instructor Renato Izquieta. Renato has been a member of the IVC family for nearly a decade. He teaches both classroom and online courses in civil litigation, family law, and bankruptcy.
These days, when he’s not teaching, Renato is busy on the front line of our local justice system, supervising the Orange County Superior Court Self-Help Center. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Renato continues to assist people with emergency civil and probate services, such as protecting those facing elder abuse.
At the onset of the COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, experts cautioned there was a risk of an increase in cases such as domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and child abuse. Renato realized there was a greater need than ever for staff at the OC Court Self-Help Center who could make themselves readily available to the public. He worked to create a hotline for civil and probate emergency cases, as well as a general hotline and email service for all other self-help services.
Stepping up to help those most in need is nothing new to Renato. For the past 22 years, he has worked for Community Legal Aid, both in the Inland Empire and Orange County. He started out as a staff attorney assisting senior citizens with a variety of civil matters. Then, he transitioned into the litigation unit assisting low income and the most vulnerable with family law, consumer defense, eviction defense, public benefits, and other civil matters.
Renato says, “I developed a specialty for IRS tax cases defending taxpayers against the powerful action taken by the IRS to collect against taxpayers for tax debts, including litigating cases in U.S. Tax Court. I’ve brought my skill set to the court to help the public in a broader capacity.”
Thank you, Renato, for all you’re doing for the IVC community and the community at large!
If you or someone you know needs emergency services from the Orange County Superior Court Self-Help Center, please call 657-622-8511. They can assist with the following:
- Temporary civil harassment restraining orders
- Elder abuse restraining orders
- Emergency eviction lockouts
- Emergency guardianships and conservatorships
For all other matters, you can contact the Self‐Help Center by phone or email weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm at:
- Lamoreaux Justice Center, Orange: 657-622-6630 or LJCSHC@occourts.org
- Central Justice Center, Santa Ana: 657-622-7577 or CJCSHC@occourts.org
For additional information and resources, visit occourts.org/self-help.