Volunteer Lawyers Program for Attorneys
Spokane County attorneys have a long history of providing pro bono legal assistance to individuals at or below the poverty level. Since 1985, the Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) has provided attorneys with opportunities to give true meaning to the phrase, “It’s not justice if it’s not equal.”
The goal of the Volunteer Lawyers Program is to have all Spokane County attorneys signed up for the VLP pro bono panel. Secondly, we hope that each panel attorney will commit to volunteering for at least one VLP pro bono activity each year.
There are real advantages to fulfilling your ethical and professional responsibilities to provide pro bono service by doing it through the VLP:
- pre-screening of individuals for income eligibility
- CLE credits
- pro bono opportunities that fit your time schedule and interests
- malpractice coverage through the Spokane County Bar Association VLP
- recognition in the bar association’s newsletter Calendar Call
- an efficient means to organize your pro bono service
- a means to distribute your collective pro bono efforts more evenly among Spokane area attorneys
While over seventy per cent of all VLP individuals need legal assistance in the area of family law, you don’t need to specialize in this area to help others in need. Whatever your area of expertise, you possess transferable legal skills and experience that can be invaluable to a low-income person trying to make his/her way through, for example, divorce paperwork and proceedings. And mentoring is always available.
Please email Admin@SpokaneBar.org if you’d like to sign up to volunteer through the VLP or if you have questions about how you can volunteer.
Do you accept pro bono cases from low-income individuals on a walk-in or referral basis other than the VLP? Try using our streamlined Individuals Intake Form or Case Report Form form to help us track the many hundreds or thousands of pro bono hours that go unrecognized in our community. Send completed forms to the e-mail address above.