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PRESS RELEASE: “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” Announces Full-Time Legal Fellowship Serving Summit County

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Park City, Utah (September 23, 2015)
 “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” (AJFA), the Utah nonprofit uniting the state’s primary providers of civil legal aid – Disability Law Center, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, and Utah Legal Services – is very pleased to announce that it has secured $10,000 in  funding for Park City’s first full-time legal fellow dedicated to providing free civil legal aid to the poor and victims of domestic violence in Park City.

AJFA’s Legal Fellowship Program was launched to simultaneously address two very pressing issues in Utah. First, it helps to address the ‘Justice Gap,’ in which a majority (80%) of low-income Utahns do not have access to an attorney when they most need one, though 67.5% of them will experience a civil legal dispute in any given year.  Second, too many young lawyers are un-or under-employed and need professional legal experience to jump-start their careers.

Under supervision of a seasoned Utah Legal Services attorney, the Park City Fellow will not only manage the entire protective order calendar for domestic violence victims, but will also work to bolster relationships with Summit County attorneys to promote greater pro-bono involvement and conduct outreach to promote greater awareness about the legal resources available to Summit County low-income populations. A recent national think tank found representation by an attorney in protective order cases to be the best way to prevent domestic violence, while also saving states millions in the process.  In addition to domestic violence issues, it is anticipated that the Fellow will provide free legal services in other legal areas as well, including landlord tenant disputes and immigration issues.

The AJFA Park City Fellowship is possible through the generous collaborative effort of the Park City Bar Association, Park City Foundation, Nutraceutical Corporation, the Park City Rotary Foundation and the law firm of Wrona Gordon & DuBois.  The Law Firm of Dodd & Kuendig has generously donated the in-kind desk space to house the Fellow. Scott DuBois, an AJFA Leadership Committee Member and member of the Board of Directors for the Park City Bar Association, helped lead the fundraising effort.  Mr. DuBois explained that, “while Summit County has a higher population living below the poverty line than the state average, Park City has never had a dedicated attorney representing individuals in poverty full-time.  We’re very pleased that the Park City Bar Association and other community businesses and organizations agreed to step up and fund this incredible opportunity for a young lawyer to dedicate their practice to helping others.”

CONTACT:

For information about the fellowship, contact Utah Legal Services Deputy Director,
Eric Mittelstadt at 80-924-3388 or eric@utahlegalservices.org

For information regarding the Park City collaboration for this fellowship please contact Scott DuBois at 435-649-2525 or dubois@wgdlawfirm.com.

For the full job description and how to apply, click HERE.

“AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”
Website: andjusticeforall.org
Twitter: @Justice_4_UTAJFA
Facebook: facebook.com/UtahAJFA

About “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”

“AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” is the resource-sharing umbrella organization for Utah’s primary civil legal aid agencies: Disability Law Center, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake, and Utah Legal Services.  It is the first project of its kind in the country to co-locate the major civil legal service providers in an effort to simplify access for clients and create efficiencies for service providers. By uniting together, the legal organizations housed at the “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” Community Legal Center save over half a million dollars annually.

Over the last 16 years, AJFA has helped almost half a million people regain stability in domestic issues, obtain protective orders in cases of domestic violence, access disability income and health care and satisfy their most basic needs through legal representation, advice and referrals. “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” received a four star rating by Charity Navigator for sound fiscal management and transparency, which only one-fourth of US charities received. Furthermore, a recently commissioned social return on investment study demonstrated that for every dollar invested in the three founding agencies of “AND JUSTICE FOR ALL”, there is a social return of $7.27 ($9.08 for family law programs). Additionally, the work of our three organizations saves the courts (and thus saves Utah tax payers) an estimated $1,834,936 every year.

 

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