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Online Site Will Provide Free Answers to Civil Legal Questions – Attorney Volunteers Needed!
Many things that are simple for lawyers are baffling to those without legal training. In an effort to provide some guidance for lower income persons who need legal information or advice to help them understand their situation, Kansas is joining other states in a national effort to provide online answers to civil legal questions. There are no requirements on the number of volunteer hours you provide. Work will be done via computer and the client will not have your direct email address or phone number. Nothing from the client will come directly to you. You will be able to go online and select the questions you will answer, based on geography or legal matters involved.
Click the link below for additional information and to complete a form to indicate your interest. We will contact you soon with additional information and training opportunities. We hope to launch the Kansas site in October 2016. The program is led by the American Bar Association and you do not have to be an ABA or KBA member to volunteer.Click Here to Volunteer
KBA Members—Please Record Your Pro Bono Hours
Your KBA member profile is an excellent place to record pro bono hours. In an effort to learn more about the number of hours KBA members contribute each year, we have added a space for you to keep them updated. Under Professional Information when you edit your bio (Manage Profile > Edit Bio) you will find Pro Bono Hours 2016. Just enter the hours in the box. Thank you for your participation!
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.
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 My Ties 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 My Ties for Justice. Visit http://www.ksbar.org/mytiesforjustice for more information.
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 and Domestic Violence’s 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. In addition, attorneys are recruited to represent Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault programs to quash subpoenas to testify in ongoing litigation. Contact Jessica Nasternak, KCSDV Director of Legal and Policy Division, email@example.com
KBA Members Recognized for Pro Bono Work
Click here for more about the Pro Bono award and a listing of past recipients.
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