|JusticeCorps students met with former Gov. Gray Davis last month at a Diversity Summit at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse.|
Faculty are urged to attend to an informative session showcasing the JusticeCorps program, where students help others help themselves. The program trains students to assist the flood of people representing themselves in court, which benefits both the public and the overburdened local courts.
The event will be Friday, March 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Pomona Self-Help Legal Access Center, 400 Civic Center Plaza in the Pomona Courthouse.
“We need support from our faculty to get the word out about this great civic-engagement opportunity,” said Franz J. Braun, recruitment coordinator for the JusticeCorps at Cal Poly Pomona.
JusticeCorps students have dedicated hundreds of hours to helping community members many of whom are low-income and cannot afford to hire an attorney with free legal form preparation and information. Students assist the staff in walking litigants through the court system, from filling out appropriate forms to arguing their case effectively before a judge, to understanding judgments.
The program matches university volunteers with 10 court-based self-help programs in Los Angeles County, including the Pomona Self-Help Legal Access Center in the Pomona Courthouse, which provides free assistance with family law issues including divorce, paternity, child custody and visitation, evictions and various civil matters.
These dedicated students provide a much-needed service to the surrounding community. While altruism generally brings them into the program, students will gain from professional training, an up-close look at the legal system and a $1,000 stipend at the end of their year-long service.
JusticeCorps is a collaborative project of the California Administrative Office of the Courts; the Los Angeles Superior Court of California; Cal Poly Pomona; Cal State Northridge; Cal State Dominguez Hills; UCLA; and several local legal aid organizations.
Cal Poly Pomona's JusticeCorps program is sponsored by the university's Center for Community Service-Learning. For more information, call (909) 869-4269.