SALT LAKE CITY — Every Thursday afternoon, “like clockwork,” attorney Jay Kessler bounds into the administrative offices of Catholic Community Services’ St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall to dispense free legal advice.

This past week was no different, except that there was a cake, balloons and a certificate of appreciation recognizing Kessler’s lengthy volunteer service signed by Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.

“For me?” Kessler queried.

Staff members smiled and nodded their heads in the affirmative.

“Today is 19 years I’ve been doing this,” Kessler said. He’s been a Catholic Community Services volunteer longer than most members of the homeless resource center staff have been on the job.

“It’s been lots of fun, lots of fun,” he said.

While he does not represent the people he advises in court, he gives free legal counsel, refers people to community legal resources and sometimes just offers “common sense” advice.

Sometimes, after consulting with Kessler about grievances people have held onto for years, even decades, they just to need to be told to “close the door on it. Move on,” Kessler said.

Matt Melville, Catholic Community Services homeless services director, said “Jay’s a blessing to us and the clients here, for sure. He comes in like clockwork every Thursday and the clients, …read more

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