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PILF 2019 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

» PILF 2019 Gala Dinner and Silent Auction

Thursday, March 28, 2019
6-10 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim
100 The City Drive
Orange, CA 92868


Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law's Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) is an organization dedicated to creating new and innovative opportunities for law students to engage in critically needed public interest work. PILF supports and promotes public interest work by funding law students who dedicate their time to serving our community through summer grants so they can serve in unpaid/volunteer positions in the public interest field.

PILF works to innovatively promote and support public interest legal work by educating, encouraging and providing financial support for law students to consider and explore careers and pro bono opportunities in public interest law during law school and beyond.

The annual dinner and silent auction is a semi-formal event with a seated dinner with wine pairings, live entertainment from The Smart Jazz Execs, and no-host bar.


+ - Tickets

  • General public: $100 per person
  • Chapman alumni: $85 per person
  • Chapman faculty: $75 per person
  • Chapman students: $40 per person

$1,000 per table - seats 10 guests, with premium location

  • If interested in purchasing a full table for your organization, please contact Candace Rim.



+ - Honorees

Katherine Baird Darmer Commitment to Public Interest Award

Hon. Frederick P. Aguirre, Ret.

judge aguirreJudge Aguirre has served the legal community as an attorney and judge with passion and dignity for over 43 years. After 15 years on the bench, he retired from the Orange County Superior Court on February 28, 2017 and is now available to serve as mediator, arbitrator, and private judge. As a judge he presided over numerous cases in the areas of family law, government liability, business/contractual matters, and all types of personal injury including medical malpractice. Prior to the bench he was in private practice for 28 years and was the managing general partner of a 92-unit retirement community in Placentia, California.

Judge Aguirre has been heavily involved in the community throughout his career. In 2014, he was named one of the “101 most influential Latinos in the US” by Latino Leaders Magazine. He has held leadership positions with the Orange County Hispanic Bar Association and the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association. He founded the Orange County Superior Court Leadership Academy in 2007. Judge Aguirre currently serves as president of Latino Advocates for Education and as Judge Advocate of the Orange County Council of the Navy League. Judge Aguirre speaks fluent Spanish.


PILF Award for Excellence in Public Interest   

Regan Phillips, CEO of CASA Orange County 

ReganRegan Phillips, is an Orange County native.  She graduated from Mater Dei High School before completing undergraduate studies in Sociology and Communications at the University of Southern California (B.A.), a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Columbia University, and her law degree from Chapman University School of Law (J.D.).

Regan first became involved with CASA in 2001, while living in New York City and studying at Columbia.  She completed a one-year internship with CASA-NYC, launching her career advocating for children in the dependency system (foster care).

While in law school, Regan worked as an investigator for the Law Office of Harold LaFlamme—the law firm contracted with Orange County to provide legal representation (“minor’s counsel”) for children in foster care.  She was a member of her law school’s Moot Court Honors Board, president of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Board, and completed a semester-long externship with Justice Richard M. Aronson of the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, Division Three.  She also met her husband at Chapman Law; they married shortly after graduating together in 2005.

Upon receiving her Juris Doctor and passing the California Bar Examination, Regan was promoted from investigator to attorney for the Law Office of Harold LaFlamme.  She was assigned to a trial court department at the Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange, where she represented children in the foster care system.  When a child is “detained” (removed from their home by a social worker because of alleged abuse, neglect, or abandonment), the child is termed a “dependent” of the state and the subject of a dependency court case.  Thereafter, the child’s fate is in large part determined by a judicial officer, based on the evidence presented in the case.  The case is prosecuted by County Counsel; the child’s parents are entitled to be represented by an attorney; and minor’s counsel is appointed to represent and advocate for the child.   In her role as minor’s counsel, Regan dealt regularly with CASA volunteers in the courtroom to obtain their valuable insight into the child’s life, and better advance the interests of the child.  She later advocated on behalf of dependent children at the Court of Appeal, participating in a number of writ and appeal dependency cases.

Following the birth of her first child, Regan worked for a time as a solo practitioner handling private adoptions, and as an associate attorney for Rigg & Dean, an Orange County personal injury and liability firm.  In 2009, she accepted an invitation to join the Board of Directors of CASA OC, where she served on for four years and volunteered as a member of the Holiday Luncheon Committee.

In 2015, Regan joined the staff of CASA as Chief Program Officer.  Regan was elevated to CEO position in December of 2017.  

Regan has had spent most of her professional life performing work about which she is deeply passionate—advocating for children removed from their homes and separated from their families as a result of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. “I have the greatest admiration and respect for the committed individuals who volunteer as Court Appointed Special Advocates, and those who give so generously to ensure our organization may continue recruiting, training, and supporting those volunteers.”

Regan and her husband reside in North Tustin with their three children and a precocious animal that purports to be a “Bernedoodle,” but more closely resembles a Muppet.