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Memphis Area Legal Services

Memphis Area Legal Services (MALS) is the principal provider of civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and the elderly in Southwestern Tennessee, anchored by Memphis, Shelby County, with three other counties, Tipton, Fayette, and Lauderdale, comprising its four-county service area. MALS has two offices - one in downtown Memphis, which serves Shelby County, and the Covington office that serves the three smaller rural counties.

The Memphis legal community is blessed with an abundance of attorneys who are interested and willing to donate their time and talents to those less fortunate and contact us to offer their help. The Pro Bono Projects of Memphis Area Legal Services consist of a variety of volunteer opportunities for attorneys, paralegals and law students.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Fayette, Lauderdale, Shelby, Tipton
  • Area of law: Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Disaster and Emergency Assistance, Elder Law, Family & Juvenile, Health, Housing, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Public Benefits, Veterans
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Paralegals, Senior Lawyers
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • 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, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Draft or Translate Legal Documents, Redactar borrador o traducir documento legal
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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Volunteer Profile

Pat Layden, a private practitioner in McAlester, Oklahoma, has volunteered many hours to promote equal access to justice in Oklahoma. He served Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc. as Board member and past President of the Board and as a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono Net thanks Legal Aid Services of Oklahama (LASO) for sharing this inspiring volunteer story about his work on a hotly contested child custody case where a young mother, with a critically ill infant was involved in a custody battle over her one–year old daughter. LEARN MORE

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