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Legal Advice: Bringing It to the People 6/19/18  06/19/18 12:18:17 PM Printer Friendly VersionPrinter Friendly Version

From left, Nicole Albers, a paralegal at Legal Aid of Nebraska; Michelle Lee, a paralegal student at Metro Community College and Dave Sommers, executive director of the Omaha Bar Association, share notes during the Lawyers in the City event.                                          
Legal Advice: Bringing It to the People
By Lorraine Boyd
& Carol Cleaver
The Daily Record

Omaha area lawyers and non-lawyers participated in the fourth “Lawyers in the City” event – a free, one-day, walk-in clinic coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project 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 and Metropolitan Community College Student Paralegal Association. 
Dave Sommers, executive director of the Omaha Bar Association and event volunteer, said, “We were able to give people some advice, but often, we were just there to listen. People sometimes need someone to listen to their story, then help them decide what to do. This is a perfect, non-threatening way to ask for help.”
Lawyers in the City, which made its inaugural launch in April 2016, 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 and immigration law issues.
Individuals who attended the event were provided self-help court forms, legal resources and information, and referrals to legal service providers. Visitors eligible for legal aid or legal services had the opportunity to apply for services onsite. The event was held at the Industrial Training Center at the Metropolitan Community College South Omaha Campus, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bilingual lawyers and paralegals were available to meet with Spanish-speaking persons. Volunteers included 18 local attorneys, five law students from Creighton University School of Law and the University of Nebraska College of Law, six paralegals, one paralegal student and one high school student.   
The event benefitted 48 people.  Upon leaving, one said, “I’m feeling much stronger and more confident. Another said, “Super informative, very helpful, went above and beyond what they needed to do!”  Satisfied customers, indeed.
The next event will be held during National Pro Bono Week October 21-27, 2018 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.
Those participating from the legal community were:
Legal Aid of Nebraska
Jennifer Gaughan, Attorney
Christine Stolarskyj, Attorney
Nicole Albers, Paralegal
Bridget DeLeo, Paralegal
Talia Hughes, Paralegal
Celia Ortiz, Paralegal
Laura Ziegenbein, Law Student

Omaha Attorneys
Ralph Peppard
David Sommers
Hannah Sommers

Milton Abrahams Clinic

Katelyn Cherney, Attorney
Christopher Mihalo, Attorney
Dan Bost, Law Student
Oscar Aguilar, Law Student

Women’s Center
for Advancement

Elizabeth Bowman, Attorney
Eileen Reilly, Attorney
Kathryn Welsh, Attorney
Tatiana Schaefer, Paralegal
Bethany Foster, Law Student

Immigrant Legal Center
(formerly Justice For
Our Neighbors)
Mindy Rush-Chipman, Attorney

NSBA Volunteer
Lawyers Project

Carol Cleaver, Attorney
Laurie Heer Dale, Attorney
Amy Prenda, Attorney
Payton Harris, Law Student
Brett Baalhorn, Paralegal

PayPal, Omaha
Eric Adams, Attorney
Matthew Breuning, Attorney
Carla DeVelder, Attorney
Jennifer Racine, Attorney

Other Volunteers
Michelle Lee, Paralegal
Noah Cleaver, Runner  
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