Justice for All: VT Law School Supports Poverty Law Coalition, Fellowships
December 2, 2011
Continuing its tradition of supporting access to justice for all, Vermont Law School and VLS's South Royalton Legal Clinic recently helped host a reception for the Vermont Poverty Law Fellowships program and Vermont Access to Justice Coalition.
Vermont Poverty Law Fellows Grace Pazdan (2008-2010) and Jessica Radbord (2010-2012) told moving stories about clients they have helped--Pazdan as foreclosure crisis fellow and Radbord as safe housing fellow.
The Vermont Access to Justice Coalition meets monthly at the Vermont Supreme Court. Members share their expertise to craft solutions designed to improve legal representation for low-income Vermonters in civil cases. Two major current efforts are the Access to Justice Campaign, which funds the Vermont Poverty Law Fellow, and a new civil legal needs canvassing effort being conducted in counties across the state. The coalition also works to create new pro bono and low bono (moderate fee for service) opportunities for legal representation of Vermont's indigent citizens.