April 2014 eNewsletter

In every month’s eNewsletter, we like to include updates on achievements and recognitions our staff have received.  (This month, you can read about Dennericka Brooks and Ashley Fretthold’s successes recognized by their law schools.)  But often, there are heroes at LAF whose stories go unsung.  Some of those heroes are our long-term volunteers.
In April, we celebrate Art Zilberstein’s six year anniversary with LAF.  Art has spent more than 3,000 hours giving invaluable help to our clients struggling with employment claims. Without his consistent and capable efforts, our Immigrants and Workers’ Rights practice group could not have served as many clients as it has.  This month, we also said goodbye to Kim Skaggs, who has been volunteering nearly 30 hours a week with our Children and Families practice group since 2007.  She moves on to other projects in her new home in South Carolina, and we will miss her and her incredible dedication to LAF and our clients.  We thank them both for their great work!
As always, on behalf of the staff, the Board, and the clients we serve here at LAF, we thank you too, for your generosity and support.  You can continue that support by making a tax-deductible donation right now, or by signing up to be a volunteer.
Thank you.
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Legal Aid Called “Unsung Heroes” in ACA Enrollment

In a new HuffPo Politics piece about the end of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s healthcare services, our friends at Voices for Civil Justice called many legal aid lawyers across the country the “unsung heroes” of the enrollment surge for healthcare.  The article recognizes the complex problems that people living in poverty can face.  Many of these problems are interconnected, and poor access to healthcare is only one of them. Legal aid attorneys are particularly suited to help people find lasting solutions to their problems.  The article provides a good example of how “medical problems are often rooted in legal issues — and legal troubles can frequently be caused by poor health. A young child with asthma, for instance, may benefit more from a lawyer who can solve a mold dispute with a landlord than from a prescription inhaler.”  You can read the whole article here.

We are proud of all the efforts of our Public Benefits Practice Group during the past few months with ACA enrollment, and we’re sure our clients are just as grateful as we are.  Thanks, team!