Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
JOIN THE POLK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION'S VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT
The Polk County Bar Association sponsors the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project (PCBA VLP). The PCBA VLP accepts referrals from Iowa Legal Aid and other agencies of clients with legal problems in Polk County. The PCBA VLP also conducts a monthly Latino Legal Advice Clinic.
For more information about the PCBA VLP or to join the program, contact Carol Burdette at 243 3904 or by e mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW LAWYERS CAN HELP IOWA'S POOR:
By contributing your expertise through the PCBA VLP, you can provide desperately needed legal assistance. It is projected that approximately 400,000 low income people in Iowa cannot afford an attorney, yet have serious legal problems. The Lawyers Code of Professional Responsibility encourages every lawyer "to find time to participate in serving the disadvantaged" by ensuring equal access to justice.
HOW THE POLK COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT WORKS:
The Project has been designed to give participating attorneys control over the number of pro bono referrals to be accepted and the decision as to whether to accept a given referral at a given time. Volunteer lawyers are initially contacted by a staff member of the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, rather than by the would be client, and are given the opportunity to accept or decline each referral.
YOUR SKILLS ARE NEEDED:
The PCBA VLP needs attorneys willing to represent low income clients in a wide variety of civil legal matters, including family law, consumer problems, landlord/tenant disputes, civil rights and government benefits cases.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE PCBA VLP?
All Iowa attorneys, recent admittees as well as experienced practitioners practicing in Polk County, are encouraged to participate in the PCBA VLP. Established members of the bar will appreciate the opportunity to explore new areas of practice and develop new insights into the problems of the poor. Younger attorneys will gain valuable litigation experience through their contributions.
Volunteer Lawyers Projects are an innovative approach to providing high quality services to Iowa's low income population. To be successful, however, they must receive contributions of time and expertise from attorneys who are committed to ensuring equal justice for all Iowans. Your help is urgently needed. Please volunteer.