New Group Created - Concordia - 5th and Front

Jordan Gardner

Attorney | Entrepreneur | Wanderer
Staff member
May 23, 2019
Meridian, Idaho
Legal Experience Level
Practicing Attorney
Jordan Gardner has created a new group called Concordia - 5th and Front.

5th & Front

Putting legal expertise within reach for communities in need.
Imagine a place where underserved populations can get critical, pro bono legal help. Where low-income families can get legal advice on landlord disputes and immigration issues. Where veterans can get free legal support for themselves and their families. And where law students and legal experts work side-by-side to serve the highest-need individuals in our community. All in one convenient location in the heart of downtown Boise.

Welcome to 5th & Front.

The newly developed 5th & Front is the home of Concordia University School of Law’s extensive portfolio of community-based and community-focused services and programs. Located on the Concordia Law campus in Boise, 5th & Front aims to provide access to justice for underserved populations – including juveniles, veterans, immigrants, refugees, and families living in poverty. Clinics cover a wide range of legal issues, such as housing, asylum and citizenship, criminal expungement, wills and estate planning, and domestic violence, to name a few.

Where law and social justice meet
Since it opened in 2012, Concordia University School of Law has been committed to serving the people of Boise. In fact, “servant leadership” is one of the school’s founding principles. Even though the requirement is for each student to complete 50 hours of law-related public service prior to graduation, the vast majority of students go well past that minimum number of hours. Why? Because it’s part of the Concordia culture.

That’s the impetus behind 5th & Front – a “one-stop shop” for all of Concordia Law’s many legal outreach programs. According to Dean Elena Langan, “This unique center helps close the social justice gap, bridging the disparity in legal services for people in need. These are services that either don’t exist or are out of reach for many in our community. Our goal is to change that.” Langan and her team have been working on the center for more than a year. “Where law and social justice meet is more than a tagline,” she says, “it’s the ideal way to express what 5th & Front is all about.”