Legal Services Vermont's Pro Bono Program

Our Pro Bono Program is a comprehensive, statewide project to connect volunteer lawyers with Vermonters in need. As volunteers, attorneys are asked to give some time to help low-income Vermonters, but their impact is far greater than that. Volunteers give dignity by reaching out and lending a helping hand; they give power to those in fear who face poverty every day; and they give hope where despair is the only reality. We receive approximately 2,000 calls for help every month, and volunteering helps us meet this growing need.

When you take a case from us, Legal Services Vermont staff will provide you with any support you need to work with our clients. We rely on your legal expertise, but we can help you with legal research, templates, training in certain areas of the law, and client support. Sign up to volunteer and make a difference in someone’s life!

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Vermont
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Crisis Assistance, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Housing, Life Planning, Taxes, Domestic Violence, Guardianship, Motor Vehicles
  • Populations Served: Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Low Income, Persons with Disabilities, Women
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Mentors/consultants, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: No
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: VVLP will also reimburse you for any out of pocket expenses from the case such as: long distance phone calls, copying costs, filing fees and mileage. In some cases, other types of expenses can be reimbursed, however you must get pre-approval from the project.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • 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, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Transactional work
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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