Executive Director and Managing Attorney
Jeff is the founder of Peoples Legal Aid. He is passionate about tenant and debtor rights and ensuring that everyone gets fair access to the law. Jeff graduated from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with a degree in Accounting and then commissioned as an Officer in the Military Police Corps in the Army. Following his active duty service, Jeff attended the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Jeff is a licensed attorney in Utah and acts as the Senior Attorney on our Staff. Jeff has been married to his ever-supportive wife for 12 years and loves spending time with her and their three children.
Assistant Director and Intake Coordinator
Angela is primarily responsible for the day-to-day activities for Peoples Legal Aid. She started with PLA as a volunteer intern and has proven to be an invaluable member of our team. Angela is a graduate student of Public Policy at the University of Utah, focusing on state legislative action and equitable housing policy. In the 2020 session, Angela researched and worked with Rep. Brad Daw on H.B. 319 Consumer Lending Amendments which provides increased protections for borrowers and more transparent guidelines for deferred deposit lenders. The bill passed and signed into law by Governor Herbert in March.
Annie is a compassionate, hard-working, detail-oriented and well-regarded attorney. These attributes make her an ideal attorney for the complex problems associated with landlord-tenant disputes and debt collection resolution. Annie graduated with honors from the University of Utah's S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2020 with a certificate in Criminal Law. She came to People's Legal Aid with a variety of legal experiences ranging from criminal prosecution to family law and estate distribution. The motivation that inspired Annie's legal career remains true to this day: to use knowledge to make the world a better place.
If she's not working, you can find Annie engaging in her other passions: cooking to French music, rock climbing with her middle-school sweetheart who is now her husband, hiking with her dogs, teaching yoga or advocating for a healthier planet!
Madison is the current intake specialist for People's Legal Aid. She was born and raised in Utah but currently resides in New York. She has a career interest in sustainability and legal work along with a working knowledge of Spanish she developed while living in Spain teaching English. She earned her bachelor's degree in political science and environmental policy at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York while simultaneously earning a Paralegal Certificate. She is looking to begin law school in Fall of 2021.
She is newly engaged and looks to hobbies of cooking, dancing, and hiking with her fiancé and puppy. She is extremely proud of the work done at People's Legal Aid and is happy to be part of the team.
Third-Year Law Student Practice Intern
Sierra is a third-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Sierra is utilizing the third-year practice rule and is managing her own cases under Jeff’s supervision. She has done excellent work in court, to include winning a motion to continue the case for lack of evidence. Sierra began interning with Peoples Legal Aid in May, 2020.
Law Student Intern
Cassie is a second-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She has extensive experience working with property management and landlord issues and is a great asset to our team. Prior to joining People's Legal Aid, Cassie worked on a project with the Justice Lab identifying legal issues and inequalities in landlord/tenant law in Utah. You can read that report here.
Law Student Intern
Pam is a second-year law student and current President of the Public Interest Law Organization at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. As a former Court Appointed Special Advocate volunteer, Pam witnessed how the inability to afford legal counsel impacted the resolution of issues. Prior to law, she worked in corporate communications and business development roles which led her to pursue civil litigation.
Law Student Intern
Jensen studied at the University of Montana, completing a Bachelor’s in English Literature in 2017 and a Master’s in Ecocriticism in 2019. In 2019, he began a one-year AmeriCorps VISTA term with the Veterans Advocacy Clinic of the University of Montana Law School; there, he discovered his passion for public service and legal aid. In 2020, he began his J.D. at the University of Utah’s, S.J. Quinney College of Law. In 2021, he joined People’s Legal Aid to give back to Utah’s underserved population and to get hand’s on experience with the law. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors and any competitive games you could think of.
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