Erick Valencia, Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps Member

I became a Justice for Montanans AmeriCorps member because I was interested in going to law school after college, but I was not sure if I was ready to commit three years to it or even if the legal profession was right for me. I knew that I wanted to help others solve their problems and I knew that Justice for Montanans would give me the opportunity to do just that while learning about the legal system. I am now almost finished with my second term serving with Montana Legal Services Association’s (MLSA) Foreclosure Assistance Program, and the experience has taught me so much about the judicial system that I am confident in my decision to attend law school at the University of Montana this August.

I have fielded calls from hundreds of Montanans facing the threat of foreclosure and worked closely with MLSA attorneys to help many of our clients keep their homes or find an alternative to foreclosure. I’ve traveled extensively through Eastern Montana and the Flathead region to conduct outreach to Montana’s migrant farmworker and frontier populations. I’ve learned about family law, consumer law, landlord/tenant law and many other areas of law that will serve me well in law school and beyond. I am proud of what I have accomplished with Justice for Montanans, appreciative of the experience and knowledge I have gained, and excited about the connections I’ve made throughout my two terms of service.

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