About the Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC)


What is Justice? by Steve Thompson, Director of JAMLAC from Denver Institute on Vimeo.


Do Justice, Love Mercy and Walk Humbly
Our Mission is to address the practical legal needs of people struggling with poverty and oppression in the Denver metro area.
What is JAMLAC...
Founded in 2006, JAMLAC has become a safe and confidential resource for victims of daily hardship and cruelty. Full-time attorneys, paralegals, interns and volunteers manage approximately 50 active cases each week.

JAMLAC also partners with the Christian Legal Society to provide seven free consultation clinics at local churches and homeless shelters in the Denver metro area.

"Your dedication to your profession and to me was above and beyond anything anyone has ever done for me. I truly cannot express how grateful I am for you. You actually saved my life, literally. Thank you for being there when I needed you most." —JAMLAC client.

JAMLAC provides free representation, consultations and general assistance to individuals struggling with:
  • Family Law Matters
  • Bankruptcy
  • Immigration
  • Sealing of records
  • General Civil Matters

The Strategy
The primary goal of the JAMLAC staff is to provide holistic support to the impoverished people within the metro Denver community. JAMLAC partners with various organizations that focus their effort on the homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.
Partner organizations include but are not limited to:
  • Denver Rescue Mission
  • Christian Legal Society
  • Samaritan House
  • Salvation Army
  • Centro San Juan Diego
  • Local Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Open Door Ministries (JET partner)
  • Communities of Faith United (JET partner)
  • Servicios de la Raza (JET partner)
  • Providence Network (JET partner)
  • Joshua Station (JET partner)
  • MORE Life Center (JET partner)
Through the JET Partnership, JAMLAC is able to provide comprehensive civil legal assistance, advocacy, immigration, and holistic services to immigrant and non-immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. Services include bi-lingual access to legal representation for domestic and immigration issues, pro se advocacy, and consultations for domestic matters.

EMPOWER
In 2012, JAMLAC served 579 low-income clients, 97% of whom were victims of crime.

The availability of a lawyer is one of the most important factors in determining whether a victim of domestic violence will return to an abusive relationship.* When the legal needs of a low-income person are addressed, their capacity to shape their own world is strengthened.

"My daughter and I would like to thank you for all your help and enabling us to move forward with our lives. We were truly blessed to have met you and are truly thankful. Thank you for believing in us."

EQUIP
In partnership with the Christian Legal Society, JAMLAC provided legal consultation to an additional 725 low-income individuals through seven triage clinics.

MOBILIZE

Last year JAMLAC was blessed with over 70 volunteers that gave approximately 3,400 hours of service. These volunteers were interns, law students, attorneys, advocates and lay persons.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute, speak up and judge fairly, defend the rights of the poor and needy." Proverbs 31:8-9

*April 2008 "Colorado Lawyer," Minnesota State Bar Association study

"He will never touch me again!"

"It has been hard to put into words how important of a person you have been in my life. I cannot thank you enough for your help in my legal matters. Your dedication to your profession and to me was above and beyond anything anyone has ever done for me. I truly cannot express how grateful I am for you. The girls are thriving and doing well in school."

"I just wanted to thank you for helping me with all of this stuff with my ex and for being such a good friend over the phone. You even listened to me when I was crying. It means a lot to me."

"My daughters and I would like to thank you for all your help and enabling us to move forward with our lives. We were truly blessed to have met you and are truly thankful."