we are people's legal aid

WE BELIEVE housing is an essential human right that is unbalanced under current law and court procedure. We advance this core vision by providing education.

WE EDUCATE the public on the eviction process, and the impact it can have on individuals and families. We help renters understand their rights under the current system, help them understand how to navigate the legal process and tips on negotiating with landlords and their representatives.

our team

Jeff Daybell

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.

Angela McGuire

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.

Sierra Hansen

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.

Kendall Archer

Undergraduate Intern

Kendall worked for PLA in the year prior to her senior year at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, where she will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and Philosophy. She will enter George Washington Law School in Fall of 2021. During her time at PLA, Kendall focused on finding potential eviction clients in the court databases, reaching out with information on our services, and conducting the intake process for eligible clients. Kendall began interning for Peoples Legal Aid the summer of 2020.

Anna Kennedy

Research Intern

Anna is a second-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. She focuses mostly on writing and researching to enhance PLA’s representation of our clients. Anna began interning with Peoples Legal Aid in the summer of 2020.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to help our vulnerable neighbors. Our community is only as strong as its most vulnerable person, and through the work we do at PLA we hope to elevate our community by lifting up those that need it most.”
Jeff Daybell
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