February 2016 Bar Bulletin
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Loren Miller Bar Association
Opens Neighborhood Legal Clinic

By Ian J. Warner and Jamal Whitehead

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In February, the Loren Miller Bar Association, in partnership with the King County Bar Association, will open the LMBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic in Renton. The goal of the clinic is to provide free legal advice primarily to low-income African Americans in the Seattle area. LMBA members and friends will staff the clinic. LMBA is a statewide organization of African-
American attorneys, judges and law students.

Many marginalized people in King County cannot afford legal representation to protect their rights when facing crises including housing, workplace discrimination, domestic issues or termination of medical assistance. Due to discrimination and other institutional barriers, African Americans feel this disparity acutely. The LMBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic will help lessen the justice gap by advising those who might otherwise be forced to navigate the legal system alone.

The new clinic will be located in Renton to serve an area where there is typically less access to legal resources. It will be open every Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. Attorneys volunteering at the clinic will provide free, 30-minute consultations to identify legal issues, suggest possible options and provide appropriate referrals. The volunteer attorneys staffing the clinic, however, will not represent clients in court.

KCBA offers training and support to all volunteer attorneys, and volunteers can expect one clinic shift (typically two hours) every six to eight weeks.

The LMBA Neighborhood Legal Clinic promises to make critical legal services accessible to African Americans regardless of barriers such as income, education or disability. Please spread the word about this exciting new clinic!

Loren Miller Bar Association Legal Clinic

Staffed by Attorneys of Color

Tuesdays, 7–9 p.m.

2900 NE 10th St.

Renton, WA 98056

For an appointment call 206-267-7070 from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday through Thursday.

Ian J. Warner is the Loren Miller Bar Association president; Jamal Whitehead is immediate past president.

 

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