Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, Inc.

Delaware Volunteer Legal Services (DVLS) is a non-profit corporation established by the Delaware State Bar Association in 1981. Its mission is to provide quality pro bono legal services to low-income Delawareans with meritorious civil legal problems.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Delaware
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Life Planning, Personal injury defense
  • Populations Served: Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Low Income, Military/Veterans, Persons with Disabilities
  • Opportunities For: Law school clinic, Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: DVLS offers free CLE Seminars to volunteer attorneys on the "Nuts and Bolts" of how to handle particular cases. These programs are typically held at Widener University School of Law, or the State Building and are run by DVLS staff and volunteer attorneys. CLE's are also offered by the DSBA.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: An attorney may receive credit, upon application to the Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of Delaware,, for performing uncompensated legal services for clients unable to afford counsel. Visit the site to read about the provisions attached.
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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