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Elder Law Hotline
Join other Kansas attorneys in providing legal services to Kansans, age 60 and older. The Kansas Elder Law Hotline is a project of Kansas Legal Services Inc. There is no income eligibility for callers to participate in this program. Volunteers can expect to talk to clients of widely varying economic and social backgrounds. The Hotline provides Kansas senior citizens access to an attorney willing to advise them about legal issues and may also refer them to other resources for additional assistance. You might be referred cases that may not match your experience/expertise; however, we provide Internet resources to help you guide those callers. The Elder Law Hotline asks that attorneys volunteer a three and ½ hour block of time every other month. Calls will be transferred to your office, along with demographic information about each client.
All volunteers with malpractice insurance will be allowed free membership during the first volunteer year to the KBA’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS). All LRS rules will apply to this free membership, (including the 10 percent fee rule: when a client is referred to you by the service, the attorney will remit 10 percent of all fees more than $300 to the LRS).
Kansas Legal Services Pro Bono Program
The KLS Pro Bono Program provides service to low-income clients or children on an uncompensated basis. No potential client is given an attorney's name without specific approval from the attorney. All potential clients will be screened for financial eligibility through KLS. Many of the cases referred will be cases that KLS cannot accept due to conflicts or other barriers. Clients using this program understand that the attorney has agreed to provide services at no cost for the referred case only. Clients also understand that they may be required to pay filing fees, witness fees, etc. Acceptance of the case is with no expectation of payment for my time or office expenses. KLS may be able to help with extraordinary litigation expenses, when the interests of justice require it.
KBA Jeans for Justice
Would you like to host a casual day with proceeds benefiting Kansas Legal Services? Law firms, government agencies, Kansas businesses, and partner organizations can show their support by helping to promote Jeans for Justice. Visit http://www.ksbar.org/jeansforjustice for more information.
KBA Volunteer Opportunity
The KBA is in need of attorney volunteers to review and update public service pamphlets. If you would like to offer your expertise in updating a pamphlet, please contact Anne Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org. These pamphlets are provided at no charge to KBA members and for a small fee for large quantities to the public. A few pamphlets have recently been updated but others need a review for content and fresh information. The following pamphlets are on the priority list for updating:
To see the complete list of public service pamphlets, visit http://www.ksbar.org/pamphlets.
Kansas Emeritus Attorney Program
Any attorney who currently has a status of inactive or retired on their license to practice law in Kansas can work with a not for profit provider of civil legal services on a pro bono basis. Kansas Legal Services is such an organization and has offices throughout the state. The "Questions-and-Answers About the Kansas Emeritus Attorney Program" will answer many of your questions.
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence Legal Assistance for Victims Project
The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence’s Legal Assistance for Victims Project is a grant-based pro bono referral program for victims of sexual and domestic violence. No cases are referred without specific approval from the attorney. All potential clients have been screened by advocates for victimization and by the LAV project attorney for appropriateness and income. Clients are informed about and understand the extent to which pro bono attorneys are able to provide services. Clients also understand that there may be fees, such as filing fees, for which they may be responsible. Pro bono network attorneys are not expected to take on more than one case per year. Pro bono network attorneys also have access to KCSDV attorneys for technical assistance and drafting, an attorney-only section of the KCSDV website, and free CLE hours. Pro bono network attorneys are expected to attend one KCSDV CLE session per year.
KBA Member Recognized for Pro Bono Work
Mira Mdivani, of Overland Park, is a business immigration attorney at the Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm. Over 10 years ago, Mdivani established a pro bono program at her firm where she and other firm’s business immigration lawyers accept referrals from Kansas City area domestic violence shelters, assistance programs and Legal Aid offices from as far away as Liberal and Springfield, Missouri. They successfully helped pro bono clients apply for U Visas for victims of violent crimes and helped battered women and children obtain legal status, work authorization and travel documents under the Violence Against Women Act. Clients hailed from countries around the globe including Laos, the Netherlands, Guatemala and Sri Lanka. Mdivani currently serves on the board of governors of the Missouri Bar Association, the KBA, the Earl O’Connor Inn of Court, and Jackson County CASA. She recently completed terms as president of the Kansas Women Attorneys Association, the Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City and the Human Resource Management Association of Johnson County.
Click here for more about the Pro Bono award and a listing of past recipients.