2013 National Pro Bono Celebration Week

Dear Members of the Utah State Bar,

ProBonoWeekNational Celebrate Pro Bono Week is an event established by the American Bar Association in 2009.  The event is meant to highlight the growing need for pro bono services in our nation, state, and local communities, as well as recognize those attorneys who have magnanimously provided these services.  This year, National Celebrate Pro Bono Week events will be held October 20th- October 26th in locations all around the country.

The Utah State Bar sponsors its own National Celebrate Pro Bono Week events so as to further our mission of providing access to justice for all Utahns.  Participation in these events, as well as in general pro bono work,  is a chance for bar membership to make valuable contributions to our community and gain professional experience.  Participation also allows the Utah State Bar to publically show appreciation for those attorneys who have offered pro bono services in the past year.  Volunteer attorneys bring us closer to accomplishing our mission, one client at a time.
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Pro Bono Honor Roll

Pro Bono Honor Roll
Eric Barnes
Lauren Barros
David Berceau
Jim Brady
David Broadbent
May Pat Cashman
Kenyon Dove
Brent Hall
C. Richard Henriksen
Roger Hoole
Kyle Hoskins
Louise Knauer
Michelle Lesue
Suzanne Marelius
Blaine McBride
Sam Meziani
Michael Mohrman
Grant Nagamatsu
Robert Neeley
Stewart Ralphs
Cecilia Romero
Jim Slemboski
Travis Terry
James Mitch Vilos
Greg Wall
Orson West Jr
Mary Jane Whisenant
Jeanine Williams
Robert Wing
Carolyn Zeuthen
Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for either accepting a pro bono case or volunteering at clinic during the months of June and July. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

Pro Bono Honor Roll

Pro Bono Honor Roll
Selina Andrews
Joseph Bean
Alan Boyack
Maria Booth
Howard Chuntz
David Connors
Roberto Culas
Michael Deamer
Reha Deal
Frank Falk
Richard Gallegos
Samuel Gardiner
Chad Gladstone
Anthony Grover
Richard Henriksen
Joseph Henriod
Neil Harris
Daniel Irvin
Troy Jensen
Matthew T. Johnson
Louise Knauer
Steven Kuhnhausen
Dan Larsen
Suzanne Marelius
Daniel McKay
Sam Meziani
Robert Neeley
William Ormond
James Peters
Bret Randall
Scott Thorpe
David Turner
Todd Turnblom

Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for either accepting a pro bono case or volunteering at clinic during the months of December and January. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

Pro Bono Honor Roll

Pro Bono Honor Roll
Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for their time and willingness to help those in need. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

Joseph Bean
Gary Bell
Stephen Buhler
Lauralyn Cabanilla
Brent Chipman
Mary J. Ciccarello
Reha Deal
Peter Donaldson
Dennis Flynn
Angela Fonnesbeck
Chadron Gladstone
Richard Gray
Richard Grealish
Anthony Grover
Steven Gunn
J. Keith Henderson
Lyle Hillyard
Matthew Hughes
James Jenkins
S. Austin Johnson
Jay Kessler
Louise Knauer
D. David Lambert
Dan Larsen
Chris Laurence
Sarah Matthews
Richard Medsker
Colin McMullin
Christina Micken
Scott A. Moore
Albert Pranno
Don Redd
Linda F. Smith
Kimberly Washburn
Tracey Watson
Kent O. Willis

Pro Bono Honor Roll

Pro Bono Honor Roll
Clark Allred
Michael Anderson
Deb Badger
Judy Barking
Justin Bond
David Broadbent
David Connors
Tracy Cowdell
Roberto Culas
Keith Eddington
Ronald Elton
James Farmer
John Gothard
David Hamilton
M. Darin Hammond
Milton Harmon
D. Rand Henderson
Angela Hendricks
Timothy Houpt
Brent Johns
Michael R. Johnson
Jason Jones
Jan Malmberg
Ramona Mann
David Marx
William Ormond
Lester Perry
Leslie Randolph
J. Bruce Savage
Jeremy Sink
Kevin P. Sullivan
Benjamin Thomas
Thomas Thompson
Todd Turnblom
Leslie Van Frank
Gregory B. Wall
Kimberly Washburn
Carolyn Zeuthen
Utah Legal Services and the Utah State Bar wish to thank these attorneys for their time and willingness to help those in need. Call Brenda Teig at (801) 924-3376 to volunteer.

Pro Bono at ULS

by Nick Angelides
My experiences in providing pro bono assistance at Utah Legal Services here in Salt Lake City this past year have been most gratifying and interesting.
Generally, I help out a few hours a week in the Senior Lawyer Volunteer Project providing legal services to low income people, mostly seniors, and in the Possession Bond Project by providing representation to low income tenants facing eviction actions at possession bond hearings.

The nature of my work is very interesting. At the SLVP, it is varied but mostly involves estate planning assistance including, e.g., making presentations at senior centers, preparing wills, powers of attorney, living wills, special needs trusts and dealing with problems regarding Medicaid/Medicare and the preservation of assets. Under the laws of this state, there isn’t too much that can be done for those in danger of eviction. Representation here includes exploring possible defenses, insuring procedural safeguards are satisfied, negotiating resolution of disputes and/or minimizing the amount of tenant possession bonds where tenants wish to remain in the property, as well as providing the tenant time to find alternate housing where a move is required.
I find spending time at ULS gratifying in many respects. It is a pleasure working with its extremely competent, dedicated and congenial staff in providing needed services that otherwise would be completely out of reach to clients. Although a lot can be said for compensation in the form of fees, there is also a great value in the satisfaction I and the folks in this organization get back in the form of smiling faces and sincere expressions of gratitude. Most of all, I (rather selfishly) enjoy the good feeling I get in giving something back and in doing something just to be helpful.
Nicholas J. Angelides, “Nick,” is retired both from the Air Force, were he served as a JAG officer, and from service as an Assistant Attorney General with the State of Utah. In between, he served as Bar Counsel for a short time, in private practice and as a civilian attorney in the JAG office at Hill Air Force Base. He volunteers Wednesday and Thursday mornings at SLVP, and Wednesday afternoons he handles Possession Bond cases.

Pro Bono Profile: Todd Richardson

by Fred Anderson
Utah Legal Services, a non-profit agency providing essential legal services to those who are living in poverty, is fortunate to have pro bono attorneys and law students who willingly share their expertise and a portion of their time to address the legal needs of the less fortunate. Todd Richardson, an inactive member of the Utah State Bar, is a very special volunteer. He is married and has five children, and formerly practiced law. Todd began volunteering in February 2003. He was familiar with Utah’s legal forms, statutes, and processes, so he was a natural fit. He speaks fluent Spanish and we needed an interpreter to help in clinics in Tooele, Farmington, and Salt Lake City. Todd has made the pro se clinics effective for both English and Spanish speaking attendees with a variety of basic legal problems and has helped to translate clinic materials into Spanish.

The Rest of the Story
Todd graduated from Seattle University College of Law in 1984, passed the Utah State Bar exam, and went to work with a law firm in Salt Lake City doing liability claims. Eventually, he opened his own practice and was very successful. One warm spring day in 1998, while sitting on his motorcycle, stopped at a red light, a car doing about 40 mph, piloted by a drunk driver, plowed into him from behind. Todd was knocked 30 feet through the intersection and sustained life threatening injuries. He was in a coma for six weeks and the prognosis was bleak.
Although slow, his recovery was nothing short of miraculous. It took almost five years before he could resume a somewhat normal life, but some of his injuries were insurmountable and would remain with him permanently. One of these permanent disabilities is a loss of short-term memory as a result of a brain injury that his helmet could not prevent. Todd is continually challenged with remembering ongoing and recent events. This makes it very difficult for him to learn “new” things and, tragically, impossible to practice law as he once had.
Faced with the reality of his circumstances, Todd could easily choose to stay at home to avoid the physical and social discomforts he experiences and which continually reinforce his limitations whenever he attempts to reintegrate himself as a functional member in society. But, he has not chosen the path of least resistance. Rather, Todd has chosen to apply the valuable knowledge, skills, and abilities that he still retains to help others who cannot help themselves. To date, he has donated approximately 360 hours of his time serving the economically disadvantaged who require basic legal services. Todd’s desire to help others, his willingness to give of himself, and his demonstrated hard work with Utah Legal Services, in spite of his own challenges, make him not only a very special volunteer, but also a very outstanding person.

Pro Bono Profile: Jenise Anderson

by Linda F. Smith
Jensie Anderson entered the U of U law school in 1990 hoping to develop a career that made a difference to people and to the law that affected them. She has done so, many times over, through her pro bono efforts.

During her second year Jensie enrolled in the Civil Clinic Shelter & Support Program1 in which U law students worked with Utah Legal Service lawyers providing outreach and legal service to the homeless. Each week supervised students interviewed people at soup kitchens and shelters, giving some referrals and advice, but accepting others for full representation. She soon became an expert at interviewing and advising clients with mental illness, since so many of them had been denied Social Security Disability benefits. All the students and lawyers wondered – how in the world did this clearly mentally ill person get denied? The students enjoyed winning these hearings before ALJs, but Jensie persisted in seeking the problem in the system.
Jensie analyzed dozens of individual cases in which benefits had been denied but then granted after hearing. Together she and Senior Attorney Mike Bulson identified a number of systemic problems with the way the state agency evaluated cases. Then they filed a class action lawsuit. This case was ultimately settled in favor of the poor clients and they received hundreds of thousands of dollars of back-benefits.2
After graduation, Jensie entered private practice. But she continued to go to her homeless outreach site each week,3 giving poor individuals free advice, particularly about criminal and disability matters. Jensie next accepted a position at the ACLU and served as its lawyer for two and a half years; She then re-entered private practice, accepting court-appointed criminal defense cases and social security disability clients.
Most recently Jensie has joined the faculty at the S.J.Quinney College of Law where she teaches legal writing, oversees the criminal clinic, and supervises current students who work at Utah Legal Services. However, she has continued her pro bono work in still more vibrant and complex ways. In addition to serving on the board of Cornerstone Counseling Center and KRCL Community Radio, Jensie is a founding board member and current board president of the Rocky Mountain Innocence Center.4 This private non-profit agency represents individuals with provable claims of innocence in Utah, Wyoming and Nevada and Jensie is directly involved with all its cases. Jensie’s unflagging eagerness to represent those otherwise without a voice is unparalleled.
Footnotes
1.The program was funded as a clinical program by the Legal Services Corporation, Inc. but all funds were paid by the U of U to Utah Legal Services. LSC no longer funds any clinical programs for law students.
2.This case, Goodnight v. Chater, was ultimately handled by pro bono volunteer lawyer Brent Manning because ULS was required to withdraw as counsel when Congress prohibited a federally funded program from bringing class actions. Today there is no program in Utah able to handle such a class action for the poor when a systemic problem is discovered.
3.Jensie is still doing outreach to the homeless – now on a twice-a-month basis – establishing perhaps the most long-standing student-pro bono project .
4.RMIC was founded by the late Professor Lionel Frankel in 1999.

Pro Bono Profile: Lauren I. Scholnick

by Anne Milne
Lauren I. Scholnick is a partner in the firm of Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC. She has been volunteering at the Guadalupe Center’s legal clinic since 1999.
For the last five years, Lauren Scholnick has been volunteering one Tuesday night a month at Guadalupe Center legal clinic. Lauren says she volunteers after work, “because I know how hard it is to get legal help within our system. It is often confusing and frustrating for people to figure out what they should do when confronted with a legal problem even if they speak English. By helping those who primarily speak Spanish at the Guadalupe, we are able to help people with language barriers access and navigate the system to solve their legal problems. That language barrier means that many people are taken advantage of.”

Lauren considers the walk-in legal clinic at Guadalupe Center to be “a great volunteer project.” According to Lauren, you commit to staff the clinic and su!
pervise law students for two hours each month. When you get there, you pick up cases and review them with the students. Then you help students follow through with whatever needs to be done: write letters, develop evidence, negotiate settlements, or help clients through small claims or Utah antidiscrimination hearings. This takes no more than an additional one to four hours each month. “Even with a small investment of time, you see real, favorable results for the clients and growth of the students into real lawyers.”
The best thing about her experience has been helping law students help real clients with real problems, “especially seeing the enthusiasm they have for the process. I’m always so proud of them when they resolve a problem for our clients.” The one thing she hadn’t expected was the huge variety of legal problems she sees at the Guadalupe clinic. Everything comes through the clinic’s door – from consumer issues, to employment questions, to criminal matters, to intellectual property concerns. One guy said Oliver Stone stole his movie screenplay.
Lauren feels strongly that all lawyers (who, she points out, rank 8th highest in income in Utah, according to a Salt Lake Tribune poll) should give back to the community, not just with money, but also with time. “This is the most direct way I can think to do that.”

Pro Bono Project

Special Thanks To:
The objective of the Utah State Bar’s Pro Bono Project is to provide access to pro bono legal services for low income clients in our community who would not otherwise be able to receive these legal services. The Utah State Bar would like to recognize and thank the following attorneys for their willingness to help with our pro bono project!

Eric B. Barnes
Barbara Bragdon
J. Scott Buehler
Sam Chiari
David M. Cook
Carolyn Cox
Stephen B. Doxey
Keith Eddington
Ronald L. Elton
Paul D. Greiner
David Holdsworth
Stephen Homer
Lawrence Hunt
Frederick Jackman
Kevin Jackson
Julian Jensen
Steven Jewell
Lloyd Jones
Ronald Jorgensen
Patrick Kelly
Kathy Labatte
John Laherty
D. Scott Little
Jan Malmberg
Jimi Mitsunaga
Dave Parkinson
Michael Parks
Bruce Pendery
Candace Pollock-Ragsdale
Leslie Randolph
Lewis Reese
Bruce Savage
Greg Skabelund
Derije Taffese
Donald W. Winters