“Most of the people who stopped by the booth asked what kind of services we offered and the costs,” states Federal Tax Clinic legal intern Todd Mora of a recent USD Legal Clinics outreach event. “It was rewarding to feel that by referring them to the Legal Clinics services we could help people with legal problems that may be causing them stress and sleepless nights.”
On April 26, 2014, the USD Legal Clinics’ participated in the 29th Annual Linda Vista Multi-Cultural Fair. Outreach Coordinator Patty O’Deane and legal interns Jennifer Avina, Carl Jones, Todd Mora, Ryan Rigney, and Jazmin Vargas distributed informational flyers and answered questions regarding the free legal services that are offered at the clinics. USD is a proud member of the Linda Vista community, and it’s always a special event for the clinics to attend as it promotes cultural awareness and understanding of our diversity.
“We received a few questions regarding tax advice and someone looking to have assistance with a business plan,” comments legal intern Jennifer Avina. “I always enjoy being out in the community and learning about the other organizations that are available to assist the public. One of my favorite moments was when I got to take a break and sample some of the ethnic dishes being served. There was such a wonderfully diverse representation of our community at the fair, and it was definitely reflected in the delicious food!”
More than 20,000 people were expected at this daylong event and over 100 people stopped by the USD Legal Clinics booth. In addition to the numerous cultural exhibits and artistic performances, there were also many agencies providing information about their services.
“People were surprised at the wide variety of issues the clinic handles,” adds legal intern Carl Jones. “The experience was good for both the clinic as well as myself. The clinic received needed exposure to communities that require no-cost assistance and I was able to gain experience interacting with potential clients. My favorite moment was speaking with a landlord whose tenants had been represented by the Legal Clinics. Of course, at first he had a negative opinion of the clinics, and it was really rewarding to help educate him. By the time we finished talking, he was able to see the need for the assistance the clinics provides.”