Equal Justice After Hours event to highlight health and law project
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Iowa Legal Aid will highlight its health and law project at this year’s Equal Justice After Hours event to be held Thursday, March 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the American Enterprise Group building, 601 6th Avenue in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The health and law project has grown to 10 sites since it was started in 2006, and has processed an estimated 8,100 cases during that time.


The health and law project was started because of the recognition that health problems are often made worse when patients face legal problems such as domestic violence, substandard housing and lack of nutritional and financial support. Iowa Legal Aid staff and volunteer attorneys partner with hospitals and clinics to address legal issues that exacerbate health problems. A PBS News Hour video on the subject can be found here.


Presently, Iowa Legal Aid has partnership arrangements with hospitals and/or clinics in Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Dubuque, Oskaloosa and Sioux City in Iowa, as well as a site in Omaha, Neb. This year’s Equal Justice After Hours event will feature an address by a doctor from Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, and an address by a client from one of the health and law project sites.


Also on tap at the event will be the annual BOG financial challenge match. President-elect Skip Kenyon will ask members of the ISBA Board of Governors to pledge contributions to Iowa Legal Aid at the March 23 quarterly BOG meeting. Attendees at the Equal Justice After Hours event will then be asked to match the amount pledged. Last year, attendees pledged $6,360, which exceeded the BOG pledge of $5,800, for a total of $12,160.


For more information about the Equal Justice After Hours event, including sponsorship opportunities and tickets, contact Terri Bennett at 515-243-2980, Ext. 1611, or tbennett@iowalaw.org.