‘Lawyers in the City’ Aids Omaha Residents 11/06/18 11/05/18 11:41:09 AM
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Attorneys Amanda Fray of Jackson Lewis P.C. and Patrick Patino of Koenig|Dunne assist an Omaha resident.
‘Lawyers in the City’ Aids Omaha Residents
Omaha area lawyers offered up advice for free during the fifth “Lawyers in the City” event Oct. 26 during National Pro Bono week.
The event is a free, one-day, walk-in clinic coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP), the pro bono legal assistance program of the Nebraska State Bar Association. For more than 30 years, VLP and its network of attorney
volunteers has provided free legal information, assistance and representation to eligible low-income Nebraska residents.
“Lawyers in the City” brings teams of volunteer lawyers, law students, paralegals and paralegal students to communities where low-income residents work and live. Volunteer lawyers provide free, limited advice on consumer, family, housing, small claims and immigration law issues.
Individuals who attend the event are provided self-help court forms, legal resources and information, along with referrals to legal service providers.
The event is offered in collaboration with Creighton Law School Milton Abrahams Legal Clinic, Immigrant Legal Center, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Midlands Bar Association, Omaha Bar Association, Women’s Center for Advancement, Metropolitan Community College, Doane University and the Nebraska Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
This time, the event was held at the Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus, with morning and afternoon sessions.
Bilingual lawyers were available to meet with Spanish-speaking patrons.
Volunteers included 23 local attorneys, seven law students from Creighton University School of Law, one paralegal, six paralegal students and two certified American Sign Language interpreters.
VLP staff also presented a one-hour ethics and substantive training CLE to 20 of the volunteers.
Fifty-eight Omaha area residents attended the event, with 145 persons directly impacted by the pro bono services received.
The majority of visitors said they appreciated the generosity of the lawyers and were satisfied with the help they received, said Laurel Heer Dale, director of the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
The next event is tentatively scheduled for June, 2019, at the Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus. Lawyers interested in participating in the event can contact VLP at VLP@nevlp.org or call (402) 475-7091 to register