Salt Lake City, Utah: Every year, the Utah Minority Bar Association (UMBA) awards one Utah law firm with the Law Firm of the Year Award, which goes to a law firm that has “Demonstrated achievement or dedication to objectives consistent with the mission and purpose of UMBA.”
For the year 2016, JLJ Law Group, PLLC, a minority-women-owned law firm located in downtown Salt Lake City, is the recipient of this prestigious award.
JLJ Law Group, PLLC, is a minority-women-owned law firm with a practice area that includes: immigration, bankruptcy, family law, tax planning and estate planning. Co-founders Linh Tran-Layton and Jennifer Ha, both of whom are not only the first members in their families to graduate from college; each immigrated to the U.S. when they were only one-year old. The attorneys at JLJ Law Group strive to provide the best possible service to a uniquely diverse clientele by being able to speak to clients in Vietnamese, Spanish, Chinese, and English, which allows them to provide a legal voice for many of Utah’s under-represented communities. The combination of their expertise and skills reflects UMBA’s mission: promoting diversity and addressing issues that impact racial and ethnic minorities, especially within the legal community.
Of winning the UMBA Law Firm of the Year Award, Ms. Tran-Layton states, “We are extremely honored to receive this award, and it’s a proud moment in my career. It solidifies our belief that hard work, doing good work for our clients, and treating all people with kindness and respect goes a long way. We’ve been able to be the voice for people whom may not have otherwise had one in our legal system. Also, as mothers, we are living proof that women can be dedicated to both family and career.” Ms. Ha states, “When I went to law school, I always knew that I wanted to create a space where under-represented people would be given a voice. As a child of an immigrant family, I witnessed first-hand, the inequalities and injustices that occur when cultural and language barriers are present in our justice system. Today, I am proud to be able to assist in improving this situation and am grateful to be a part of the UMBA initiative for equality in our justice system.”
The UMBA Law Firm of the Year Award will be presented to JLJ Law Group on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the UMBA’s annual Scholarship and Awards Gala, which will be held at the Little America Hotel starting at 7:00 p.m. At this event, UMBA recognizes law firms, attorneys, and judges who promote diversity and demonstrate commitment to underserved populations, especially within the legal community.
About JLJ Law Group, PLLC: At JLJ Law Group, our attorneys will devote the time necessary to truly understand your unique situation and work hard to make a difference for you. Our most important product is changing people’s lives.