PERSONNEL FILE: Bordas nominated to Access to Justice Commission

By Staff reports | Jun 11, 2013

WHEELING - Bordas & Bordas has announced that founding partner Jim Bordas has been nominated to the West Virginia Access to Justice Commission.

Nominated by the West Virginia State Bar and Chief Justice Brent D. Benjamin, Bordas will work with the commission to identify barriers faced by West Virginians when using the civil legal system.

He will also work in concert with the commission to “oversee a strategic plan for a statewide legal services delivery system, promote the understanding of equal justice and the problems faced by many when accessing the civil justice system, secure involvement and commitment on the part of attorneys and the judiciary toward expanding access to justice, enhance West Virginians understanding of the legal system, provide a mechanism for serving as a clearing house for communication and information dissemination about justice issues in West Virginia and assist in procurement of stable funding and other resources to support access to justice,” a letter from Deborah M. Bogan, director of the commission, stated.

Bordas will also assist with addressing existing and proposed laws and regulations that may adversely affect access to justice in West Virginia.

Bordas said he is honored to be selected for such an important appointment.

“From the time I was in high school I have seen a need for all people to have access to our justice system. It seems all too often the poor and minorities feel they are without a voice in their everyday problems that sometimes can only be resolved by the courts and those who work within the justice system. It is my hope and intention through my efforts on this very important commission to promote ways for those disenfranchised people to obtain the benefit of counsel when sought,” Bordas said.

“This is not to say that one will be guaranteed legal representation but rather a person will be promised an ear to hear their concerns and or complaints so as to be provided direction for assistance even though an answer may be ‘you have no claim based upon the facts.' Certainly the goal of every person in the justice system should be to listen attentively and to treat all those whom with whom we have contact with the greatest respect.”

Bordas & Bordas is a plaintiff’s litigation law firm of 14 attorneys based in Wheeling that also has offices in Ohio and practices throughout the region in diverse areas of law.

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