Ark. Bar Foundation Awards Grant to Support Online Pro Bono

The Arkansas Bar Foundation has announced a $1,000 grant to support the online delivery of pro bono services to low-income Arkansans. The grant funds will be used to support and raise public awareness of AR Free Legal Answers. AR Free Legal Answers is a website that connects low-income Arkansans with pro bono attorneys. Clients on the site are matched with a pro bono attorney and then they can discuss their legal issue inside a secure chat room. This allows a low-income person with a legal problem to get help from an attorney even if they are in a remote part of the state, far from any pro bono program. Since the website launched over two years ago, more than three hundred clients have been helped.

“We are thankful to have the Arkansas Bar Foundation’s support for AR Free Legal Answers. This grant will help us connect even more struggling Arkansans with the legal help they need.” Said Amy Dunn Johnson, Executive Director of the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission & Foundation.

If you would like to help with AR Free Legal Answers, here are some ways to get involved:

  1. Attorneys can sign up to provide pro bono advice on the site by clicking here. Malpractice coverage is provided for all work done on the site and questions can be previewed before deciding whether to answer them. The site is 100% dependant on volunteer attorneys to provide advice to clients.
  2. Volunteer at our AR Free Legal Answers Clinic. Our next clinic will be at the William H. Bowen School of Law on January 25th from 9 am to 12 pm. A one hour CLE will be offered at 9 am, afterwards attorneys and law students will work together to provide advice to clients who have posted questions on the site. Coffee and donuts will be provided! To sign up, click here.
  3. Law firms can do a firm-wide pro bono project with AR Free Legal Answers. Projects can be customized to your firm’s needs. One example of a project would be a one hour CLE on online pro bono taught by Access to Justice staff, followed by an hour of us working with your attorneys to answer questions on AR Free Legal Answers. If you are interested in setting up a pro bono event like this at your firm, email Jordan Rogers at jrogers@arkansasjustice.org.

AR Free Legal Answers is operated jointly by the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission.