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News Posted on June 20, 2012

King Hall Celebrates Partnership between Verizon and Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic

UC Davis School of Law celebrated the partnership between Verizon Wireless and the Law School's Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic with a special presentation at the clinic's Woodland office on June 14.  The event drew coverage from the Davis Enterprise and Woodland Daily Democrat.

Saucedo, Johnson, Flato, ReyesDean Kevin R. Johnson was on hand to present Heidi Flato, Verizon Wireless' Public Relations Manager for Northern California, with a plaque recognizing Verizon's support for the clinic.  The company has supported the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic with gifts made through its charitable Verizon Foundation and through Hopeline, Verizon's cell phone recycling and re-use program that donates proceeds to domestic violence organizations.

"Our Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic remains the only resource providing free family law representation to low-income victims of domestic violence in Yolo County, changing countless lives for the better," said Dean Johnson.  "All of their great work would not be possible without the generosity of our friends and our supporters.   We are especially grateful to the Verizon Foundation and the Hopeline program, which to date have given more than $160,000 to support the clinic."

Dean Johnson introduced Atzimba Reyes '13, who worked for the clinic during the 2011-12 academic year and is working there full-time this summer. 

"I really can't say how much I've enjoyed working here, or how much I've learned working with our clients," said Reyes.  "They are amazing women, and without the support the clinic has been given, they would not have had access to any legal services at all."

"On behalf of Verizon Wireless, I want to say we're really committed to giving back to the communities where we live and work," said Flato. "It's important to do that in a variety of ways, but one of our main priorities is to give to programs that address family violence.  We are really thrilled with the relationship we have with the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic and proud of the program you are running."

Also in attendance were Professor Leticia Saucedo, Director of Clinical Education, Professor Courtney Joslin, Faculty Supervisor for the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic, Krystal Callaway Jaime, supervising attorney for clinic, Barbara Enriquez '81 of the Yolo County District Attorney's Office Child Abduction Unit, and Davis attorney Sarah Orr '92. 

Davis Enterprise article