On Friday, December 5, the Joy of Giving Reception, hosted by Denver law firm Bachus & Schanker, LLC at their office on Wynkoop, achieved a milestone, raising $18,565 for JAMLAC (Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic); a more than 50 percent increase over the previous year. Guests mingled, hovered over the items at auction, and stood watch over some potential prizes - including an official Denver Broncos helmet signed by Julius Thomas, tight end for the Denver Broncos and Nuggets/Lakers tickets.
Bachus & Schanker, LLC 's other co-founder, Darin Schanker, addressed the crowd, sharing the story of JAMLAC and the work of its dedicated executive director, Steve Thompson. Then Andrea Gomez, a teenage crime victim helped by JAMLAC services and now a thriving student, spoke tearfully about her struggles over the past year and her gratitude to JAMLAC.
Among the attendees was the University of Denver's Vice Chancellor, Scott R. Lumpkin, who is a longtime supporter of JAMLAC.
Founded in 2006, JAMLAC is a safe and confidential legal resource for individuals and families struggling with poverty who find themselves in need of legal assistance. Utilizing the services of volunteer attorneys, law school students, paralegals and other volunteers from the area, JAMLAC represents the needy of metro Denver in civil and minor criminal matters including family law, bankruptcy, sealing of criminal records, quashing of warrants and other such matters.