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News Posted on October 15, 2012

Verizon Gives $20,000 to Support Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic

Verizon has made another gift to support the UC Davis School of Law Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic. The latest grant of $20,000 brought the total received by the Clinic from the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program and the Verizon Foundation to $201,250.

The Woodland-based Clinic, representing clients in an average of 79 cases per year, provides free legal representation to low-income victims of domestic violence in Yolo County. Working for the Clinic, UC Davis law students gain invaluable, hands-on experience as they help clients to obtain restraining orders, custody orders, and the financial support they need in order to be able to go on with their lives without the threat of further abuse.  Under the direction of Krystal Callaway Jaime '02, supervising attorney for the Clinic, King Hall students have offered protection from abusive situations, reunited children with parents, facilitated financial support for families in crisis, and more. 

The Clinic has enjoyed a close partnership with the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program and the Verizon Foundation, which work to use technology to help address critical social issues including domestic violence.  The current grant comes as part of the Verizon Wireless HopeLine program, which uses proceeds from recycled wireless products to help prevent domestic violence.  Steve Zipperstein '83, formerly Verizon's Vice President for Legal and External Affairs and now General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Research in Motion, was instrumental in forging the partnership between Verizon and the Clinic.

"Our Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic remains a primary resource providing free family law representation to low-income victims of domestic violence in Yolo County, changing countless lives for the better," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "All of their great work would not be possible without the generosity the Clinic's friends and supporters.   We are especially grateful to Verizon, which to date has given more than $200,000 to support the Clinic."