There are projects around the country to get more lawyers to perform more pro bono (free) services for low-income persons — for example, my local state court’s (1st Judicial District of New Mexico) Local Pro Bono Committee together with the Santa Fe Community College is presenting a Santa Fe Legal Fair this Saturday (5/7) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. , providing free consultations in many areas of law touching on the lives of regular people, including bankruptcy and foreclosure. I’ll be there. But, to me, that does little to solve the problem on a structural level and, as a society, we need to do more. Still, when you are the person in trouble, you want to first get help, and then see to helping others — that’s normal! Like they say on the airplane about the oxygen — first put the mask on yourself so that you can go on to help others, and then put it around the faces of your children.
Come Saturday, to the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 South Richards Avenue (the fair will take place near the cafeteria) — it’s on a first-come, first-served basis, and areas for free consultation include public benefits, bankruptcy and foreclosure, landlord/tenant, and creditor/debtor.