Fifteen clients in two days helped by partnership with Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS) and students from University of California, Irvine School of Law.
OneJustice, Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS), UC Davis
October 1, 2013
The Justice Bus Project® takes teams of attorney and law student volunteer from urban areas to set up free legal clinics for low-income Californians living in rural and isolated communities. Through this innovative service, hundreds of individuals have received assistance on issues ranging from immigration to landlord/tenant issues.
Earlier in October, OneJustice Justice Bus Project partnered with Inland Counties Legal Services (ICLS) in Indio along with 11 student volunteers from University of California, Irvine School of Law to provide free legal services on housing-related issues to low-income Californians living in Indio and surrounding communities.
The staff attorneys at ICLS, student volunteers, and pro bono attorneys worked together to serve a total of 15 clients during two days. The legal issues included: unlawful detainers, landlord-tenant disputes, habitability, and mobile home related issues. ICLS indicates that the Justice Bus® helped them to work with twice as many clients than they would on a normal clinic day.
Martha*, a client, stated that before the legal clinic she felt like she had no hope with getting her landlord to fix the issues in her apartment that were making it uninhabitable. At the clinic, the volunteer drafted a letter on her behalf that urged the landlord to fix the issues. Martha said that the clinic made her see things differently and empowered her to believe that she “deserved to live properly” in her rented apartment. After receiving additional resources and legal advice, Martha left the clinic feeling more confident about her situation.
Learn more about OneJustice and the Justice Bus Project here.
*Name has been changed for confidentiality purposes.Tags: Housing: Landlord-Tenant