Legal Clinic

Welcome to the new ASUCR Legal Clinic, a service provided by the Riverside County Barristers Association, the young and new attorneys’ division of the Riverside County Bar Association!

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Scope of Services

ASUCR works with volunteer attorneys to provide free legal services to registered undergraduate students at UC Riverside. Barristers LogoOur attorneys do not provide formal legal representation but rather education and self-help services to assist and help students to solve problems. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from an attorney outside of the legal education clinic if they need further legal assistance or representation.

When to Contact an Attorney

There are various reasons a student may need legal assistance, including:

  • Alcohol related citations or arrests
  • Auto accidents
  • Bankruptcy and credit cards
  • Roommate, landlord and security deposit issues
  • Noise violations from the police
  • Selling your car
  • Small claims court
  • Child custody, divorce and child support
  • Any other issue that may come about
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Limitations on Services
We provide legal assistance to currently registered students at UCR. As the attorneys work on an entirely volunteer basis, our attorneys limit their assistance to inquiries relating to the UCR student, not their family member or friends. Please contact your local bar association if you are looking for legal assistance for someone other than a currently enrolled UCR student.

Contact an Attorney

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Email:

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Student ID (must be currently enrolled, full-time):

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Confidential and Independent Attorneys

The attorneys in the ASUCR Legal Education Clinic are volunteers involved in the Riverside County Barristers Association under the direction of a volunteer attorney director. We are not beholden to UCR, the administration, or any other department or entity you may have had an issue with, including the UCPD, housing or campus conduct. In fact, our attorneys do not work on the UCR campus and often have only limited contact with other campus departments. Your inquiries are treated with the same attorney-client privilege that you would expect if you hired a private attorney. Note that attorneys may not advocate for one student in an action adverse to another student, such as roommate disputes. We will, however, work to mediate and solve conflicts between students.



Attorney Profiles

Arlene M. Cordoba – Family Law (Legal Clinic Director)

Arlene Cordoba

Arlene Cordoba

Arlene M. Cordoba grew up in Riverside, CA and is actively involved in the community.  Ms. Cordoba obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of California, Irvine in 2002. She then attended the University of La Verne, College of Law earning a Juris Doctorate.  After her admission to the California State Bar in 2008, Arlene served as a Staff Attorney and Interim Managing Attorney at Inland Counties Legal Services. As an attorney with Inland Counties Legal Services, Arlene served as the Staff Attorney in the Riverside Family Law Courthouse, helping low-income litigants with their family law issues. She also assisted indigent clients with Unlawful Detainer matters.  Arlene Cordoba is currently an Associate Attorney with The Legal Action Group, Inc. in Chino, CA. Arlene’s areas of practice include Family Law, Civil Law, and Bankruptcy. Arlene zealously represents litigants in cases involving divorce, paternity actions, custody, visitation, support and property division. If you need more information or have not heard back from an attorney, please contact Arlene at attorneycordoba@gmail.com.


Scott Talkov РReal Estate, Civil and Media Litigation (Legal Clinic Founder & Assistant Director)

Scott Talkov

Scott Talkov

Scott is a real estate, business and media litigation attorney at the law firm of Reid & Hellyer, APC in Riverside.  Before attending law school, Scott attended UCR, where he was an ASUCR Senator and later elected to the equivalent position as a student at UCSB.  He graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law where he served on the board of editors of the Washington University Law Review.  He is active in numerous groups in the Riverside community, including the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce as well as the Riverside County Bar Association, where he serves as a board member of the Barristers (young attorneys division). In his free time, he is the Editor-in-Chief of InlandEmpire.com. As the Assistant Director of the Legal Clinic, Scott is available for comments or suggestions you may have at scott.talkov@ucr.edu.


Gilbert Diaz РCriminal Law

Gilbert Diaz

Gilbert Diaz

Gilbert is criminal defense attorney who focuses on defending those accused of driving under the influence (DUI’s), traffic, and misdemeanor citations. Gilbert has experience working for the McKinley County District Attorney’s Office, he has worked for the San Bernardino County Public Defender’s Office, and now maintains a private practice with a full-service law firm in Chino. Prior to becoming an attorney, Gilbert was a graduate of Boston University and then obtained his law degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. Gilbert maintains an active presence in the practice of law as well as the community at large as a member of the California State Bar, American Bar Association, the Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino County Bar Associations, and the Inland Empire Latino Lawyer’s Association.


Jean-Simon Serrano – Personal Injury

Jean Serrano

Jean-Simon Serrano

Mr. Serrano grew up in British Columbia, Canada and moved to California when he was 20. He graduated with honors from California State University Dominguez Hills, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.¬†¬† Jean was recruited and attended University of La Verne College of Law on a full scholarship. While in law school, he was selected to be a member of the moot court honors program and the school’s moot court traveling team in nationwide competitions. He also received a CALI award in the area of Legal Research. Admitted to practice before California State and Federal Courts, he has an active practice in both as a personal injury attorney¬†at Heiting & Irwin.¬†He has argued before the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth District and has petitioned for California Supreme Court review. Mr. Serrano is a member of the Riverside County Bar Association and is an officer on the board of the Riverside County Barristers Association. He is also a member of the Leo A. Deegan American Inn of Court, the Riverside Chapter of an organization devoted to the fostering of excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Coming from a multi-lingual heritage, Mr. Serrano also speaks French fluently.


W. Derek May – Bankruptcy

W. Derek May

W. Derek May

Derek attended George Mason University in Northern Virginia and received a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics in 2003. Thereafter he attended law school at University of La Verne College of Law where he graduated as valedictorian of the University of La Verne College of Law with a juris doctor in May 2006. Derek joined the Law Offices of Stephen R. Wade, a bankruptcy firm, in December 2006 as an associate attorney after working as a law clerk for the office since his second year of law school. He appears as counsel for clients at various hearings related to Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 cases. He also joined the Inland Empire Bankruptcy Forum and has maintained membership since 2007.


Joshua W. Centeno- Immigration

Josh Centeno

Josh Centeno

Joshua W. Centeno grew up in Glendale, California.  Upon graduating from high school, he relocated to the Inland Empire and began his pursuit of higher education.   Joshua attended and graduated from the University of California with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.  He later attended Chapman University School of Law in Orange, California and obtained his Juris Doctor degree.  Since graduating from Chapman Law, Joshua has worked as a law clerk and associate attorney in the areas of personal injury, family law, and immigration law.  Currently at The Law Office of Joshua W. Centeno, his practice focuses on providing bilingual (Spanish) services in the areas of Family Law, Estate Planning, and Immigration.   Joshua is active in the community and volunteers with several organizations including Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association.


Mark Regus – Housing and Campus Adminstrative Violations

Mark Regus

Mark Regus

Mark is a civil litigation attorney at the law firm of Thompson & Colegate, LLP in Riverside.  Before attending law school at UC Hastings, Mark attended UC Santa Barbara, where he founded the Office of the Student Advocate and was elected the Student Advocate General by the student body.  The Office of the Student Advocate is a student-run organization at UCSB dedicated to assisting and defending students that find themselves accused of student conduct and housing violations.  As the Student Advocate General, Mark attended countless student discipline hearings on the side of the student and worked closely with the UCSB administration to improve the judicial process and punishments for students accused of student conduct and housing violations.

 

 

Intellectual Property

On a case by case basis, we have been able to find intellectual property lawyers to assist students. Please choose “other” above.

Disclaimer: The law firms that the attorneys in the legal clinic practice at are provided for identification and informational purposes only.  Any advice provided by the legal clinic attorneys in a free appointment through this website is provided through UCR and ASUCR, not through the firms identified in their biographies.

Looking to hire a lawyer? Contact the Lawyer Referral Service.

If you’re looking to hire an attorney, please contact the Lawyer Referral Service in the county that is most appropriate for your case: An initial consultation with a lawyer may cost a nominal fee, depending on the type of case.

  • Riverside County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    • Free consultations for personal injury, workers compensation and social security matters.
    • For all other areas of law, a consultation is $40 for up to 30 minutes.
    • Call (951) 682-7520 for a referral.
    • Location: 4129 Main Street, Suite 100, Riverside CA 92501

Other County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services

Self-Help Resources

One of the best resources on the Internet is the self-help website run by the Riverside County Superior Court. This site offers numerous forms and advice that may be of help to you if you are asserting your legal rights without an attorney.

You can also seek help from Inland County Legal Services or the Riverside County Bar Association’s Public Service Law Corporation, both of which have attorneys on hand to assist and sometimes even to represent you.

Alternative Dispute Resolution / UCR Ombuds

If your concern relates to UCR or a member of the UCR community, you may consult confidentially with the UCR Office of the Ombuds.  The Office of the Ombuds is functionally independent from the UCR administration.  It remains impartial and cannot provide legal advice or serve as your advocate.  However, the Ombuds can help you evaluate your options, and may assist you in reaching an informal resolution.   For more information, check out the UCR Office of the Ombuds online at ombuds.ucr.edu and contact their office by phone at (951) 827-3213.

Frequently Asked Questions & Links to Resources

Rather than reinvent the wheel, we’ve provided you with links to some of the best resources on California law, usually from government agencies.

Student Successes

  • Landlord/Tenant:¬†Students¬†were issued three day notice to perform covenants or quit.¬†Students drafted letter after meeting with legal clinic attorney.¬†Landlord considering the notice a warning and did not pursue eviction.¬†-Students M.S. and H.V.R., November 2010.
  • Landlord/Tenant: Lndlord kept a rental deposit and demanded the student pay an additional fee for damage to the unit. The student filed in small claims court seeking a return of a portion of their deposit based on an improper calculation of the damage. Subsequently, the landlord discovered their “miscalculation” and will be returning part of the deposit back to the student. May 2011.

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Associated Students
University of California, Riverside
202 Highlander Union Building (HUB)
Riverside, CA 92521
E-mail: asucr@ucr.edu
Tel: (951) 827-3621
Fax: (951) 827-6358