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Erie County Bar Association Legal Aid Volunteer Attorneys (LAVA) Program

The Erie County Bar Association Legal Aid Volunteer Attorneys (LAVA) Program has been assisting Erie's low income individuals since 1981. The program was begun in response to funding cuts to Legal Services, the organization providing free civil legal services to low income individuals. The LAVA Program matches private attorneys with eligible individuals needing civil legal services. Administration and screening for eligibility is handled by Northwestern Legal Services. Potential clients must be eligible both financially and by their type of case. Clients should call 452-6957 or 1-800-665-6957 to determine eligibility.
  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Erie
  • Area of law: Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Limited Custody and Visitation, Limited Support, No-fault Divorce Clinic, Section 3301(d) Divorce, Wills/Powers of Attorney/Guardianship, Unemployment Compensation, and Motor Vehicle License Suspension
  • Populations Served: Children, Domestic Violence Victims, Elderly, Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers, Nonlitigation Projects, Paralegals
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • Training / Supervision Comments: Some trainings are offered for CLE, as well as reduced cost CLE training opportunities for volunteers.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: No
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: No
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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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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