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AYLA’s New Quarterly Legal Service Clinic
For eleven years AYLA and the Austin legal community proudly sponsored the Women’s Resource Fair. In those eleven years, AYLA helped hundreds of women each year access legal, social, and medical services. Fortunately, over the last decade health-related service providers have increased their presence in our community, and AYLA can now focus on organizing more legal-focused services for our neighbors in need.
Beginning this year, AYLA is partnering with a local nonprofit and providing quarterly pro bono services for that nonprofit’s clientele. This year, AYLA has selected Community First! Village as our nonprofit partner. Community First! Village is “a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. A development of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, this transformative residential program exists to love and serve our neighbors who have been living on the streets, while also empowering the surrounding community into a lifestyle of service with the homeless.” You can learn more about CFV at https://mlf.org/community-first/.
AYLA’s quarterly pro bono legal clinics will allow us to develop a longer-term connection with a nonprofit and its specific clients. This year we will be organizing four clinics at CFV: October, January on MLK Day, a longer Legal Services Clinic in April (much like the Women’s Resource Fair), and a final clinic in June.
The October clinic, Tuesday October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00, will focus on a legal service that CFV has identified as a critical need for neighbors who live at the village: helping residents to complete and notarize a life document. The life document acts much like a durable power of attorney and physician directive. We need 20 attorneys to help CFV residents with intake, completing the life documents, and completing an exit interview to determine other on-going legal needs. And, if you’d like to join us, we’ll also be eating dinner with the residents.
Please come volunteer on October 23! It’s great way to get involved in our community and meet other young lawyers who are making a positive difference through volunteering. Email Debbie Kelly firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up! And you can like our page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2193102867428382/?notif_t=plan_user_associated¬if_id=1538317497998799