Mark Maier appointed to Access to Justice Commission
by Mandy Hicks
Attorney Mark Maier was recently named to the Access to Justice Commission, a group formed in October 2010 to engage the judiciary in delivering civil legal aid to low-income citizens. Mark is an associate at ELPO. He practices primarily in the area of personal injury, insurance law and litigation.
Chief Justice John D. Minton Jr. announced the creation of the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission. The KAJC’s primary responsibilities will be to identify the needs of the legal services community in providing civil legal services to the poor, create a statewide plan to deliver the civil legal services and develop strategies to increase resources and funding for the civil legal services.
The need for civil legal aid in Kentucky is great and continues to grow. Kentucky Legal Aid receives 4,000 calls a month requesting legal help and closes about 24,000 cases each year, which provides critical assistance to 68,000 low-income families and children who have nowhere else to turn for help. About 55 percent of the people who apply and are eligible for civil legal aid services are turned away because of lack of resources.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in history and anthropology and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kentucky College of Law. His previous experience includes serving as an Americorps team leader for one year from 2005 to 2006, assisting with disaster relief in Louisiana following Hurricane Katrina. He also served as a summer clerk for Chief Justice John Minton for the Supreme Court of Kentucky and as a clerk for the Appeals Branch of the Department of Public Advocacy for the state of Kentucky. While attending law school, he was a member of the UK College of Law Honor Council, a member of the Recruitment Committee and a volunteer income tax assistant. He is a native of Bowling Green.