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Through constant training, self analysis and community involvement, provide to poor people, the highest quality of legal and technical assistance, which improves the daily quality of life, while contributing to the attainment of social, economic, and political equality.

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The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) represents the nation's first formal association of a state Bar with representatives of the Legal Services Corporation. This association has resulted in a professional and productive partnership which unselfishly serves the most needy of Mississippi's poor.

Even before completing its first year of operation, the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project was cited by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association as the country's single most outstanding program among state bar associations. This award is justifiably shared with every member of the private bar who has volunteered their time and expertise.

Under the Project, Mississippi Bar members agree to take indigent cases on a pro bono basis, while the Legal Services offices screen potential clients. The Volunteer attorney is matched to a client by the MVLP Director who works from an office located in the Bar headquarters in Jackson.

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What is Legal Line?
When should you call Legal Line? Legal Line is a public service of the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project and The Mississippi Bar to provide callers with free legal information. An attorney is available between the hours of Noon and 2:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday to discuss legal problems with callers. No legal assistance or representation is provided to Legal Line callers. If legal representation is needed, the caller is urged to contact a private attorney, or if the caller feels they are unable to afford an attorney, they are referred to the appropriate agency for assistance.

When should you call Legal Line?
q When you have questions about whether you should contact an attorney.
q When you need free legal information and do not already have an attorney.
q When you are not sure what kind of attorney to contact.

When should you NOT call Legal Line?
q To ask for legal representation or for an attorney referral.
q When you have already engaged an attorney about a matter.
q To ask for legal/advice counsel.
q To make a complaint about an attorney.

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