We are thrilled to partner with Eisenberg Gilchrist & Cutt to increase access to justice in Utah. Their attorneys are celebrated in the Salt Lake community and have been long time supporters of AJFA. With 67.5% of low income households in Utah having civil legal issues, there is a great need for legal assistance within the low income populations. It is because of support from our partners at AJFA that we can provide the assistance necessary for these low income citizens to get the civil legal services they need. Without legal aid there are many people who would be trapped in abusive relationships, would have to live with outright discrimination, or be neglected the basic services that they so badly need. Eisenberg Gilchrist & Cutt generously donated to the 2016 Firm Campaign at “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” and because of their previous and current support services like these are made possible. THANK YOU! You can visit them at: http://www.egclegal.com/
Since the start of “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” Parr Brown Gee & Loveless has been a strong supporter. Daniel (Dan) E. Barnett, Shareholder, at Parr Brown Gee & Loveless still serves as an active and engaged member of our leadership committee. They are on the forefront of law in the state of Utah as demonstrated by 33 of their lawyers being recognized as 2016 Mountain State Super Lawyers. Terry E. Welch, president of Par Brown Gee & Loveless, was appointed to Utah’s Judicial Conduct Commission by the Utah Supreme Court. Additionally, they support programs and organizations like “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” that enable low income Utahans to have equal access to civil legal services. We thank them for their ongoing support, both through donations and loyal supporters, like Dan, that allow for us to provide the services that we do in partnership with the Disability Law Center, Legal Aid Society, and Utah Legal Services. Dan said it best: “All over the world, people struggle every day because they live under regimes that deny them justice. We live in a different world. We have the great fortune to live under a system “conceived in liberty” and “dedicated to the proposition” we are all equal under the law.
We thank Naziol S. Nazarinia Scott, of Stoel Rives for her service as the founding Chair of the Emerging Legal Leaders (ELL) Board. The ELL was created to encourage a younger generation of attorneys to form a community around “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” mission of improving access to justice for all. “She has been a driving force for the success of the ELL and we are so grateful for all she has done for the betterment of access to justice in the community,” Kai Wilson, Executive Director, of “And Justice for All” mentioned. We welcome new leadership as of July 1, 2016 and want to thank them for their on-going support and look forward to the great things they will do. Welcome: Steven Burt, Vivant Solar – Chair Lauren DeVoe, Morris Sperry – Vice Chair Jack Nelson, Manning, Curtis, Bradshaw & Bednar – Secretary
We would like to highlight an outstanding community partner who has generously supported us, Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar. Not only do they support “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” today but have aided tremendously in the fight for justice since 1997. One example of this is the class action suit they resolved with Utah Legal Services against the Social Security Administration for continuously denying fair process to individuals with disabilities. One of the founders of Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar, Brent Manning, has served on the Leadership Committee for years, even serving as president of the “AJFA” Leadership Committee for two years. The team at MCBB excels in law on a national level, and also serve in nearly every facet of the community. Many of the attorneys and partners of MCBB encourage and work to support low income Utahns and encourage an environment of giving and generosity throughout the firm, and the community.
At the end of June Solicitor General Donald Verrilli will be stepping down after five years of service. He has made strides concerning the Affordable Care Act, LGBTQ rights, and worked on many other landmark cases. One of the many deserving causes he fought for was fair housing. Possibly the best example of his work regarding equal housing access was the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs V. The Inclusive Community Project Case and its implications under the Fair Housing Act of 1968. This case revolved around disparate impact, in which policies that have a negative effect on minorities can be deemed unlawful even if there is no proven racial motive. This was the issue here when the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs directed nearly all of their tax credits toward developments in poorer minority neighborhoods and had denied many to predominantly white neighborhoods with more wealth. The Inclusive Community Project, a Texas non-profit, argued this worked to increase racial segregation and was discriminatory, even if unintentionally. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of The Inclusive Community Project, 5-4, concluding that policies that have discriminatory effects can be challenged even if discrimination was not intended. We have far to go as a nation regarding discrimination of all kinds. Thanks to a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Utah Disability Law Center was given funding to perform tests in the community with different landlords to determine if there is any prejudice occurring on the basis of race, gender, disability, religion, or sexual orientation. There are many organizations working to equalize access to housing in our own state, The Utah Disability Law Center is one of them. As Solicitor General Donald Verrilli steps down from his position at the end of this month, let us remember his contributions to how far we have come and keep in mind how far we have yet to go, thanking those who are champions for equality and the abolishment of discrimination throughout Utah and the U.S.
Blog, Firm Recognition
We want to thank Parsons Behle & Latimer for their continued leadership gift and engagement with “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” (AJFA). Parsons Behle & Latimer was one of the founding firms when AJFA kicked off its first fundraising and awareness campaign in 1999. Parsons Behle & Latimer is the true definition of a community partner through its continued engagement in events, community initiatives as well as board and committee engagement. Hal J. Pos, Parsons’ Vice-Chairman and Shareholder, has served on the “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” Leadership Committee for 17 years, giving his time and resources to ensure civil legal aid is available to those who need it most in Utah. James Lee, Ray Etcheverry as well as Michael Young, who was previously on our Emerging Legal Leader Executive Committee, are other incredible examples of how Parsons Behle & Latimer is a true community partner invested in the mission of AJFA. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU CONTINUE TO DO…..
Jones Waldo has been a longtime supporter of “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL,” giving generously as a firm while also promoting pro bono involvement among its attorneys. A generous firm donor since 1999, Jones Waldo attorneys also assist with the new pro se family law calendar once a month. Jessica Wilde recently joined the Leadership Committee. We appreciate Jessica’s efforts as well as those of many of her colleagues who support AJFA and Utah’s pro bono programs. Thank you, Jones Waldo, for your commitment to promoting access to justice!
Ray Quinney & Nebeker has been a generous sponsor of AND JUSTICE FOR ALL since our founding, and many of its employees also support our work with their time and service. Lisa Yerkovich, a Ray Quinney Shareholder, has been on the Leadership Committee for three years. She was preceded by Ira Rubenfeld, a long-time Leadership Committee member and supporter of AJFA, and former Chair of our Annual Campaign for two years. Jan Smith who recently retired from Ray Quinney also sat on the Leadership Committee. Kim Blackburn, the Recruiting Coordinator, has been a Law Day Run Recruiter for many years, and three years ago joined the Law Day Run Committee with colleague Kevin Glade. Kim and Kevin are essential to making the Law Day Run a success. AJFA Leadership Committee member Lisa Yerkovich says of AJFA: “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is one of the most significant programs we have in Utah to provide legal services to those in need. Without it many Utahns would have to forego access to justice. Many heartfelt thanks to all who work at Legal Aid Society, the Disability Law Center and Utah Legal Services for a job well done!” Kim Blackburn and Kevin Glade add: “Justice is a basic human right. We support AND JUSTICE FOR ALL because of the incredible work they do to give access to justice to individuals, many of them in dire need, who may not otherwise have help. The Law Day Run is a great outward expression of our legal community’s support for justice and is a fun, friendly (and competitive) family event. We are honored to be a part of such an amazing organization.” AND JUSTICE FOR ALL is extremely grateful to the firm and its staff for supporting access to justice for all.
Holland & Hart has been a generous and dedicated support of the “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” campaign since it began in 1999. Cory Talbot has been on the Leadership Committee for several years, lending his voice and his time to serving the less fortunate through his service to “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.” Cory says: At Holland & Hart LLP, we support “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” because we believe in its mission: to provide legal services to people living in poverty, individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors, minorities, and victims of domestic violence. The law is not simply a career. At its best, it gives attorneys an opportunity to provide a voice for those cannot speak for themselves. “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” does just that for some of the most vulnerable members of our society, and Holland & Hart LLP is proud to support “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” in doing so. We appreciate Cory Talbot and everyone at Holland & Hart for their commitment to providing access to justice for Utah’s most vulnerable.
Volunteer Profile: Carolyn Despite the prototypical lawyer being someone whose job is fully dictated by financial aspects, many lawyers don’t fit into this mold. While this description is certainly accurate for many lawyers, some of them rise above the expectations that society has set for them and work tirelessly to make a difference for their clients. Carolyn is one of those lawyers. After graduating from the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Carolyn experimented with different kinds of law, and while she did enjoy them, she felt that nothing was as fulfilling or rewarding as her work at Utah Legal Services. In addition to being surrounded by supportive colleagues that are always willing to help, Carolyn enjoys not having any limitations placed upon how much she can help her clients. She stresses the importance of being able to assist her clients with a variety of problems, and acknowledges that she wouldn’t be able to do that if she didn’t practice pro bono law. Anyone that meets Carolyn will be able to glean how passionate she is about her work and her clients. She loves what she does and describes “each of her clients as her favorite client.” Unlike many other lawyers, Carolyn is honestly able to say that everyday she comes to work she makes the world a better place. She helps underprivileged individuals get the justice that they deserve, and at the end of the day, she believes that no amount of money could replace the feeling of joy that she gets from helping her clients.