November 6, 2018
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law’s Community Legal Services program has been recognized with a Sacramento County 2018 Heroes of Human Service Award.
Community Legal Services (CLS) is the umbrella entity for McGeorge's three on-campus clinics: Bankruptcy, Elder & Health Law, and Immigration. The award was presented by the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and Human Services Coordinating Council in a ceremony on Nov. 6, 2018. Professor Melissa Brown, Professor Blake Nordahl and Clinic Fellow Kishwer Vikaas accepted the award. Professor Brown is the Director of the McGeorge Legal Clinics and supervises the Elder & Health Law Clinic. Professor Nordahl is the Supervising Attorney for the Immigration Law Clinic.
Since 1974, McGeorge, through CLS, has devoted significant resources to provide free legal services to indigent persons while providing a rich educational opportunity for law students. It is a recognized legal referral source and community partner by the courts, governmental agencies, and private service providers.
In addition to direct client services, community outreach events for consumers, and in-service training for other services providers, the law school clinical faculty provides regular assistance and consultation to community partners such as Adult Protective Services, Sacramento State and local high schools, who are in need of assistance in meeting the needs of the communities they serve.
CLS events in 2018 have included assistance with citizenship and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals applications at our Naturalization & DACA Fair and community workshops for Elder Financial Abuse. In 2017, CLS provided referral assistance and intakes to approximately 7,500 telephone callers, 1,000 walk-ins, and 100 requests by mail to individuals seeking legal assistance.
The Heroes of Human Service Awards recognition was created to honor those who have touched the lives of others through their advocacy, dedication, service and support throughout Sacramento County.