COVID-19 Increases Need for Pro Bono Volunteers
Kansans across the state are seeking help for legal issues resulting from COVID-19. KLS needs your help to keep up with the requests for services. Although KC, Wichita, and Topeka may have the highest need, rural Kansas is also in need. Lyon County/Emporia may have more as the meat plant situation there settles. Contact Christine Campbell, Statewide pro bono director at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or submit an
application here: .
2017 ABA Pro Bono Survey Results
In January your participation was requested in a statewide survey hosted by the American Bar Association to quantify and recognize the bro bono work done by attorneys, as well as to understand factors that encourage or discourage pro bono
service. The survey was designed to better understand what types of improvements would motivate more lawyers to participate in providing pro bono services. The results of the survey are available below. On behalf of the Kansas Supreme
Court Access to Justice Committee, the Kansas Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services, we thank you for your time and participation in taking the survey.
You can read a summary of the results written by Marilyn Harp, KLS Executive Director, below in the October 2017 issue of the Journal (starts on pg. 31).
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.
For more information visit the KLS Pro Bono Resources page.
Military Matters is a program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Foundation
Military Matters is a program that strives to fill the gap in legal services available to military service members and veterans living in the greater Kansas City Metropolitan area. Military Matters collaborates with support agencies serving the veterans in the area to identify the most needed legal services and provide assistance to those who do not qualify for aid from other agencies. For more information, visit militarymatterskc.org.
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 2019. 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 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,
KBA Members Recognized for Pro Bono Work in 2020
Pro Bono Award
- Crawford County Bar Association, Girard
- Wyandotte County District Attorney's Office, Kansas City, Kan.
Pro Bono Certificates
- Matthew S. Ellis, Wichita
- Joni J. Franklin, Wichita
- Cydni K. Gilman, Wichita
- Tracy L. Spradlin, Kansas City, Mo.
- Click here for more about the Pro Bono Award and a listing of past recipients.