The JABA Community Education Committee hosted the Gardena free legal clinic on September 16, 2012. The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Asian Pacific American Legal Center and the Gardena Valley Japanese Community Institute served as co-sponsors, and the Japanese Consulate General of Japan supported the event. This was a very well-attended clinic with approximately 50 clients who brought legal concerns related to personal injury, family law, estate planning, bankruptcy, immigration, employment, debt collection, consumer law, and others.
JABA thanks the terrific volunteers who made the event a success: Bill Klein, Bert Kawahara, Nathan Watanabe, JP Fritz, Mark Furuya, Izumi Miyake, Mark Yoshida, Sachiko Noguchi, Kyoko Kanai, Sheryl Hayashida, Gary Mikuni, Ron Hirano, Colin Kawaguchi, Newton Tak, Bryan Reynolds, Kanako Blondet, Fuyuki Hamaguchi, Julia Sumida, Miho Akada, Blair Aihara, Genie Doi, Tiffany Johnson, Yuka Iwai, and Eiko Yokoyama.
Mark Furuya, a board member and regular volunteer, explained his motivation for participating at the clinics: “The most fulfilling part of the legal clinics are the opportunity to not just provide people with legal advice, but to provide a peace of mind. Most people who attend do not even know where to start and are often confused with misinformation. The clinic allows us to not only guide them in the right direction but also give them the confidence on how to move forward with their legal problems.”
The Committee plans to hold the next clinic in Little Tokyo. If you are interested in joining the Community Education Committee or assisting at a clinic or law day, please contact co-chair Ken Tanaka or Kent Wakuta.