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Pro Bono Newsletter, Spring 2012

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Spotlight u Federal Judge Offers H.E.L.P Judge Zainey Is Also the Founder of SOLACE and Andrew's Village O Judge Jay C. Zainey Los Angeles, CA H.E.L.P By Diana G. Fakhrai When federal Judge Jay Zainey decided he wanted to do more for the homeless men and women in New Orleans he did something that helped improve their circumstances and change their lives forever. Meetings with various leaders in the city, law firms and the ABA led to creating The Homeless Experience Legal Program (H.E.L.P.). Judge Zainey envisioned a group of lawyer volunteers who would visit shelters and help clients with legal matters ranging from immigration n a rainy day in New Orleans, Federal Judge Jay C. Zainey, appointed to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2002, determined that he wanted to do more than serve meals at a local homeless shelter. Judge Zainey had spent many years as a criminal and civil attorney and always believed in helping those less fortunate. Using his connections as an active member of the community and . to the Less Fortunate Louisiana Bar, he founded the H.E.L.P. and SOLACE programs. H.E.L.P. was created to help the homeless population have a voice in the legal system. Clinics throughout the U.S. staffed by attorneys help the homeless with criminal and immigration representation as well as other legal matters. In addition to H.E.L.P., Judge Zainey established SOLACE, a program through which attorneys receive e-mail notifications concerning other attorneys who are in need, allowing . Is Here for the Homeless Immigrants of Los Angeles issues to child custody and criminal issues, anything to help the homeless get back on their feet. The program began in 2004 and has achieved great success. Eight years later, H.E.L.P. chapters have been established in more than twenty cities including Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, Atlanta, and most recently Los Angeles and Boston. Attorney Jacob Poorman, who clerked for Judge Zainey shared his passion for helping those in need, and together they sought to offer the homeless fair representation. When Mr. Poorman settled in Los Angeles following his clerkship, he and the Cardinal Manning Center staff developed a pro bono clinic. By adding Case Manager Conner Johnson, the H.E.L.P. program recently opened in Los Angeles. Los Angeles H.E.L.P focuses primarily on immigration issues. Attorneys from the AILA Southern California Chapter offer pro bono assistance at the St. Vincent Cardinal Manning Center. For over 50 years, the Center has provided shelter and them to respond with assistance directly to the people who need it. Finally, along with his wife, Joy, Judge Zainey co-founded St. Andrew's Village, a long-term residential community for adults with developmental disabilities. He has remained active in all of these as well as other charities and is a tireless crusader to help others. Currently, his H.E.L.P. program is staffed entirely by AILA attorneys in the Los Angeles Cardinal Manning Center. FOR MORE INFORMATION please visit the H.E.L.P. program website. assistance for the homeless in the Skid Row Area of Los Angeles. Its primary goals are to help individuals regain self-sufficiency, permanent housing, and employment. To achieve its goals, the shelter's many programs include employment counseling, case- management, and counseling services. H.E.L.P. has become a vital addition to the shelter's programs. CONTINUED on pg. 3 >> www.aila.org 2

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