Monday, October 31, 2011

Justice Center paralegal students volunteer at AFN legal clinic

Pictured l to r: Paralegal student volunteers Daniel Reinhard, Josephine Grande, Sarah Horton, Esther Schermerhorn, Kayleen Preston, Ness Rook, Babette Brewer, Jennifer Seeley, and Lisa Arey.

Eleven paralegal students from the Justice Center Paralegal Studies Certificate program volunteered to assist at the first Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Conference Legal Clinic held Thursday and Friday, October 20 and 21 at the Dena'ina Center.  Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., is the coordinator of the Paralegal Studies Certificate program.

Clients had free consultations with volunteer lawyers from the Alaska Bar Association. The paralegal student volunteers welcomed clients, notified the volunteer lawyers when clients had arrived, and provided clerical support for the printing of final documents. 81 clients from 24 Alaskan communities were served.

The event was sponsored by AFN, Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC), Alaska Native Justice Center, and the Alaska Bar Association.

Pictured l to r:  Sarah Horton, Paralegal student volunteer; Prof. Deb Periman, UAA Justice Center; Krista Scully, Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Director; Louisa Good and Jennifer Seeley, Paralegal student volunteers; JoAnne Baker, Alaska Bar Association Sections/Fee Arbitration Coordinator, go over the list of volunteer lawyers.
 Pictured l to r: Erick Cordero, ALSC Director of Volunteer Services and Community Support; Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., UAA Justice Center; Nikole Nelson, ALSC Executive Director; Krista Scully, Alaska Bar Association Pro Bono Director; Melanie Osborne, Alaska Bar Association Alaska Native Law Section Co-Chair; Jon Minton, Alaska Bar Association staff member.
L to r: Paralegal student volunteers Iman Wilson and Louise Good.