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. Our 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
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
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.
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.
Arlene M. Cordoba – Family Law (Legal Clinic Director)
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‚Äôs 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 email@example.com.
Scott Talkov – Real Estate, Civil and Media Litigation (Legal Clinic Founder & Assistant¬†Director)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gilbert Diaz – Criminal¬†Law
Gilbert is criminal defense attorney who focuses on defending those accused of driving under the influence (DUI‚Äôs), traffic, and misdemeanor citations. Gilbert has experience working for the McKinley County District Attorney‚Äôs Office, he has worked for the San Bernardino County Public Defender‚Äôs 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‚Äôs Association.
Jean-Simon Serrano – Personal Injury
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
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
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.
Luis Arellano – Public Entity Defense and Labor and Employment
Luis Arellano practices law in the areas of Public Entity and Labor and Employment defense. He was born and raised in Cali, Colombia, but, at the age of 20, he moved to California and attended UCR where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics/Law and Society, magna cum laude. He subsequently moved to San Francisco to attend law school at the University of California Hastings College of the Law where he graduated, cum laude, in 2009. During law school, Luis externed for the former Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, the Honorable Ronald George. He also represented indigent clients in wage and hour matters at the Hastings Civil Justice Clinic.
Mr. Arellano has experience representing employees in individual lawsuits and class actions involving unpaid overtime, insufficient meal or break periods, failure to pay minimum wage, employees misclassified as contractors, and other employment related matters.
Luis has represented corporations, regional businesses, sole proprietors, and public entities regarding prevention¬†of administrative complaints and lawsuits involving labor disputes,¬†drafting of employment policy manuals, and general litigation of employment-related lawsuits of all kinds, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, breach of contract, violation of privacy, and defamation claims.
Luis is admitted to practice law in California and speaks Spanish and French fluently. Luis enjoys running, playing indoor soccer, and snowboarding.
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.