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Founded in 2006, JAMLAC is a faith-based, non-profit law firm that provides 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. Last year, JAMLAC provided civil legal services to over 800 indigent clients, 97% of whom were victims of domestic abuse.
WHAT IS JAMLAC...
The Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic (JAMLAC) addresses the practical legal needs of people struggling with poverty and oppression in the Denver metro area.
JAMLAC also partners with the Christian Legal Society to provide eight 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 bi-lingual representation, consultations, and advocacy in the following civil legal areas:
· Family Law Matters
· Sealing of records
· General Civil Matters
The primary goal of the JAMLAC staff is to provide holistic support and legal representation 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.
Last year, JAMLAC served 898 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."
In partnership with the Christian Legal Society, JAMLAC provided legal consultation to an additional 1067 low-income individuals through eight seven triage clinics.
Last year JAMLAC was blessed with 86 volunteers that gave approximately 2,500 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
"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. 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. You even listened to me when I was crying. It means a lot to me."
"He will never touch me again!"
*April 2008 "Colorado Lawyer," Minnesota State Bar Association study
What is Justice? by Steve Thompson, Director of JAMLAC from Denver Institute on Vimeo.