In early December, Citydesk first reported that a so-called "street law clinic" would soon come to Boise. This morning, saying that "justice returns to the streets of Boise," the Idaho Trial Lawyers Association announced that it would be holding its first monthly clinic at the Main Branch of the Boise Public Library on Monday, Feb. 11, from 4-6 p.m.
"We honesly don't know how many folks will show up to help but people will be able to ask about so many things: family issues, job actions or housing," ITLA executive director Barbara Jorden told Citydesk. "I must tell you that we've been overwhelmed by how many people want to help us do this."
The clinic is modeled after a similar operation created more than eight years ago at the University of Utah School of Law. ITLA said today it hopes to create a similarly successful program in Boise and potentially expand to other areas within the state.
"Legal Aid in Idaho is great but they're also greatly underfunded," said Jorden. "And so many Idaho attorneys want to offer pro bono services. Well, this is all about making those connections."
If the first clinic is successful, and Jorden said she had a pretty good feeling that it would be, future two-hour clinics (and possibly more than one per month) will continue to be held through 2013.