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The Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project

HOW LAWYERS CAN HELP IOWA'S POOR:

A little of your time can make a big difference. By contributing your expertise through the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project, 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 IOWA LEGAL AID 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 Referral Coordinator, rather than by the would-be client, and are given the opportunity to accept or decline each referral.

YOUR SKILLS ARE NEEDED:

The Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project 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 VOLUNTEER LAWYERS PROJECT?

All Iowa attorneys, recent admittees as well as experienced practitioners, are encouraged to participate in the Volunteer Lawyers Project. 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. Click here for a copy of the VLP signup form where you can provide details on the types of pro bono assistance you may be able to provide.

CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS ARE NEEDED TO ASSIST CLIENTS OF IOWA LEGAL AID'S LOW-INCOME TAXPAYER CLINIC

To volunteer, please click here for the form to assist low-income Iowans in need of assistance with tax issues.

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