Volunteer Lawyers Program
The Volunteer Lawyers Program provides free civil legal services for those who cannot afford an attorney to help them with legal matters.
Our impact on the community is only made possible by our support from the community.
More than ten percent of all clients served with direct case work in 2018 were served by volunteer attorneys, and many more were assisted through community legal clinics. In 2018, the Volunteer Lawyers Program expanded the number of legal clinics provided, as a way to reach more people and to engage new attorneys and law partners in pro bono work for the first time.
Volunteers are the backbone of our mission to provide equal access to justice, and we thank all our volunteers – lawyers, social workers, board members, administrative support and event committee and volunteers too.
Yes! I would like to volunteer to provide high-quality legal services and equal access to civil justice to low-income clients.
Volunteer Lawyers help “level the field” by providing access to justice for Legal Services’ clients. Areas of law include:
- Guardianships – Child and disabled adult
- Alternatives to Guardianships – Temporary transfers of custody and relative caregiver affidavits
- Estate Planning – Drafting wills, powers of attorney, advanced directives and beneficiary deeds
- Family Law – Representation of domestic violence survivors in orders of protection, divorces, paternity & custody actions
- Housing/Tenant Representation – Associate circuit court representation and negotiations in residential tenant eviction actions
- Immigration – Naturalizations and permanent resident status applications
- Unemployment matters – Preliminary appeals (telephone hearings) from denials of MO unemployment benefits
- Consumer Actions – Collection of judgments on behalf of low-income individuals (ie. tenants seeking to recoup judgments against landlords)
- Community Economic Development – Microenterprise Program and Vacant Property Initiative – helping low-income businesses and non-profits with legal matters.
Join the VLP Team and help in one of the following ways:
COMMUNITY CLINICS: Provide legal information to individuals
REPRESENT: Provide legal representation for clients.
EDUCATE/TRAIN: Present legal information to community organizations and/or CLEs for other volunteers.
MENTOR: Provide guidance by supporting another volunteer’s professional development.
FUNDING: Support Legal Services by making a donation to support VLP.
- Franklin County
- Jefferson County
- Lincoln County
- St. Charles County
- St. Louis City
- St. Louis County
- Warren County
The Volunteer Lawyers Program Staff
Jim Guest, Director, Attorney
Jennifer Darrough, Case Coordinator
Mary Dyson, Paralegal