Unique Legal Aid Fundraiser More Needed Than Ever 3/21/18 03/22/18 3:25:53 PM
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|Jazz artist Karrin Allyson is coming to Lincoln Friday to raise money for Legal Aid.
– Photo by Ingrid HertfelderUnique Legal Aid Fundraiser
More Needed Than Ever
By Lorraine Boyd
The Daily Record
This Saturday, March 24, five-time Grammy®-nominated jazz recording artist Karrin Allyson will perform with her trio, including Laura Caviani, Rod Fleeman and Gerald Spaits, at Jazz for Justice: An Evening with Karrin Allyson to Benefit Legal Aid.
The one-of-a-kind benefit concert will be held at the intimate Haymarket Theatre, located at 803 “Q” Street in Lincoln’s historic Haymarket district. The Steve Thornburg Trio, longtime local jazz mainstay, will set the tone at 7:30 as patrons enjoy a dessert and cocktail reception before Karrin Allyson takes the stage at 9:00 pm.
The event kicks off Legal Aid of Nebraska’s campaign for the expansion and improvement of its Lincoln office, to help thousands more low-income Lincoln families find justice.
All proceeds from Jazz for Justice will directly support the renovation of Legal Aid’s presently outdated and inadequate space in the Terminal Building, to become a state-of-the-art facility able to serve thousands more low-income families gain free legal help:
• The expanded “Access to Justice Center” will feature new technology, larger client education space, and meet national standards for helping and empowering thousands more clients to help themselves.
• New volunteer space will enable far more efforts by pro bono attorneys, social service workers, and other professionals to help many more clients address their legal problems and barriers.
• Vastly improved, expanded, and modernized legal staff, law clerk, and intern work spaces will encourage many more passionate advocates to join the exciting work of Legal Aid, as we focus on hiring many new attorneys in the three years ahead.
“Every day in Lincoln, thousands of low-income families struggle to be safe, have a roof over their heads, and keep what little money they have in the world,” said Executive Director Milo Mumgaard.
“For these families, legal help is often the only thing standing between a better day or a loss of hope. Jazz for Justice will be a special night, not only through its great musical performances, but also for highlighting Legal Aid’s commitment to growing and serving so many more Lincoln families in the years ahead.”
Tickets, which are $75 per person, can be purchased by going to legalaidofnebraska.org/jazzforjustice.
FireThe Lincoln offices of Legal Aid of Nebraska suffered a devastating fire in February that displaced the staff. Although many documents or copies were stored elsewhere, the contents there were destroyed. Despite that, the staff has tried to continue serving all of their clients, “because we know how badly needed [our services] are.”
They have since found temporary quarters in the Haymarket District while the offices in the century-old Terminal Building are renovated.
Legal Aid had announced in January that it was renovating its full-floor Terminal Building space into a state-of-the-art A2J Center, with more room for clients, volunteers, and pro bono counsel, along with improved office space for its expanding professional and legal staff, to meet the growing demand for its services. Renovations, though, had not yet begun.
“Legal Aid has some of the best legal staff in the state, especially here in Lincoln, and I know we’ll get through this disaster with great tenacity,” said Milo Mumgaard, executive director of Legal Aid.
“Every day, we see our clients struggle through some of the toughest challenges imaginable. Here at Legal Aid, we know we will get our services back up in great shape very quickly after this fire, because they are needed. We want to thank all of our friends and supporters who have reached out to us with offers of help.”
Mumgaard said, “It’s so inspiring to have so much of the legal community support Legal Aid during these difficult times after our Lincoln fire. Karrin Allyson’s generosity is already making Jazz for Justice a really special night, but the spirit and optimism for a strong future for Legal Aid will really be in the air from so many who really value Legal Aid’s role in the community.
For more than 50 years, Legal Aid of Nebraska has stood side-by-side with low-income Nebraskans by providing free, high-quality civil legal representation and counseling. Whether it’s an issue of safety, shelter, income, or health, Legal Aid is there to help.
As Nebraska’s largest nonprofit law firm with eight office locations serving all 93 counties, Legal Aid of Nebraska delivers innovative, specialized programs to strengthen the community and help low-income clients gain hope and opportunity. Their mission is “to promote justice, dignity, hope and self-sufficiency.”
Their touchstone for all Nebraskans: “We make equal justice happen.” Learn more at: legalaidofnebraska.org.