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Access to Justice, Inc.

Access to Justice (A2J) was formed by the State Bar of South Dakota to help bar members fulfill their ethical obligation to do pro bono work and to help East River Legal Services and Dakota Plains Legal Services serve the poorest of the poor in the state (those who live at or below 125% of the federal poverty guidelines). A2J also has provides services to the elderly and disabled who live at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. Attorneys who participate in the A2J pro bono program make a difference and improve the lives of many indigent people in South Dakota.

  • State(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: South Dakota
  • Area of law: Consumer, Education, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, Housing, Life Planning
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • 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, Prepare legal education materials
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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Ms. Joseph is a pro bono attorney for Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York’s Closing the Gap program. She began volunteering with Closing the Gap at the commencement of this year and has assisted unrepresented litigants almost each month thereafter. Read More

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