At a White House Forum on Legal Aid on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, the national director of the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) noted the value of the collaboration of the College of Law with Southern Arizona Legal Aid (SALA) to create The Mortgage Clinic.
“Southern Arizona Legal Aid proves the value of collaboration in providing access to justice,” said LSC President James J. Sandman, who moderated the panel of directors from LSC-funded programs. “SALA’s partnership with the University of Arizona law school extends the reach of the program’s foreclosure prevention work.”
Anthony Young, SALA executive director, was a panelist at the forum, representing one of only six out of 135 LSC-funded programs chosen to participate. Young also discussed how his program has compensated for budget cuts by marshalling volunteer resources in their nationally-recognized Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP). Many University of Arizona law students participate in the VLP program administered by SALA.
President Barack Obama spoke at the forum and emphasized the importance of access to civil legal assistance to achieve equal justice.
Professor Jean Braucher, who supervises The Mortgage Clinic, praised Young’s leadership and vision in the collaboration with the law college. She noted that eleven law students are participating in the clinic this semester and gaining invaluable practical experience working with clients seeking mortgage modifications, recourse against mortgage relief scammers, and debt relief in bankruptcy. The students are directly supervised in this work by SALA attorneys Beverly Parker and Lydia Glasson.
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