Renee Valdez and Amber Garcia answer questions about the legal process and hand out self-help pamphlets and forms at Law-La-Palooza.
Dozens made their way to Wells Park Community Center in May for the popular Law-La-Palooza. The free legal fair is designed to give low-income individuals a chance to consult with a lawyer for about 30 minutes regarding any one of a number of topics such as; domestic relations, housing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, public benefits, immigration, etc.
May’s fair served 101 people in our community, with the impact more far-reaching and having undeniable effect on entire families. 35 local attorneys and judges volunteered their time at May’s event. Metro Court, District Court, the NM Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the AG’s Office and others also had information booths available. Spanish language interpreters were also available on-site.
“It’s a great service to our community,” said Renee Valdez, paralegal with Metro Court’s Self-Help Division. “We assist with intake and Spanish translation, and also have an information booth set up for the Court. We are available to answer questions about the legal process and have forms and pamphlets available in both English and Spanish.”
Metro Court has been a part of the planning and day-of festivities of Law-La-Palooza since 2007.
Law-La-Palooza is sponsored by the Second Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee and the Volunteer Attorney Program.
Renee Valdez helps with intake for a Spanish speaking client.