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Western Montana Bar Association Pro Bono Program

The Western Montana Bar Association's Pro Bono Program pairs low-income clients in need of assistance with a civil legal issue with volunteer attorneys. Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) facilitates this program- screening clients and making referrals to volunteer attorneys. The program refers clients who need assistance with domestic violence, divorce, parenting plans, bankruptcy, debt collection, debtor harassment, evictions, landlord and tenant issues, Native American issues, and other civil legal problems.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli
  • Area of law: Civil Rights, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Disability, Elder Law, Employment, Family & Juvenile, Health, Housing, Public Benefits, Taxes, Veterans
  • Opportunities For: Lawyers
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: No
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • CLE pro bono comments: Free CLE credit awarded for Attorneys who spend 50+ hours on a pro bono case per year.
  • 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: Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Client intake and screening, Draft legal documents (e.g., briefs), Legal Research, Mentor volunteer lawyers or law students, Prepare legal education materials
  • 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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