SEATTLE, March 19, 2008 – March 18 marked the grand opening of the new Urban Indian Legal Clinic (UILC) at the Chief Seattle Club. The UILC provides free legal services to any Native American in need of assistance, thereby providing access to legal services to low income Native Americans living in the Seattle area. The UILC is sponsored by the Northwest Indian Bar Association and the Indian Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.
When it comes to accessing legal advice, Native Americans and Alaska Natives remain an underserved segment of our community. Both cultural barriers and concerns about unique legal issues often prevent native people from taking advantage of the many neighborhood clinics already in operation in King County. By working together with the Chief Seattle Club, the new clinic promises to provide a place where native people feel comfortable seeking out legal advice.
The Garvey Schubert Barer team which helped in the development and launch of the UILC included Marjorie James, Ruth A. Kennedy, Sevilla C.P. Claydon, Lesa Olsen, Esther Sugai, Leas Corpuz, Jared Van Kirk, and Jamal N. Whitehead. Additionally, Garvey Schubert Barer, along with another Seattle law firm, will be providing logistical support to the clinic for the next 12 months.