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.

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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.” (more…)

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 (more…)