Friday, December 16, 2016
Senior Citizens Law Office Reduces Geographical Barriers to Legal Help
Geoffrey Scovil has nearly two decades of legal experience. He practices primarily habeas corpus (post conviction) criminal law in New Mexico. Outside of his work in private practice, Geoffrey “Geoff” Scovil helps his Albuquerque community through his support of such organizations as the Senior Citizens Law Office.
The Senior Citizens Law Office (SCLO) provides legal representation and advocacy for individuals who are at least 60 years old. Beyond its various efforts to raise awareness and provide legal services to senior citizens in urban areas, the organization reaches out to rural communities. Recognizing that many senior citizens in these areas face a geographical barrier to much-needed legal services, the organization has attorneys visit two or three senior centers every month to provide a legal clinic and brief legal services presentation.
SCLO’s community education efforts focus on serving Valencia, Torrance, and Sandoval Counties, where residents tend to be fairly isolated. Members of these communities are encouraged to bring individual legal questions to ask the visiting attorneys. Depending on the situation, SCLO will open cases and provide full representation.