So how does a virtual legal advice clinic work anyway? At this clinic, attorney and law student volunteers will work together to answer legal questions that low-income Arkansans have posted ahead of time on AR.freelegalanswers.org. All clients will be screened for eligibility beforehand and attorneys will get to preview questions before they decide which ones they want to answer. All work done on the site is covered by a malpractice policy provided by the American Bar Association.
Why do a virtual legal advice clinic instead of seeing clients in-person? It’s far more efficient. At a recent virtual advice clinic, we only had four attorney volunteers, but we were able to help thirty clients! If this event had been a traditional, in-person clinic, we would have only been able to help about eight clients. Volunteers consistently tell us it’s the easiest way they’ve seen to do pro bono. These types of clinics are also more convenient for our clients because they don’t have to take time off work or drive long distances to get the advice they need.
Are you a person looking for legal advice? Please note that we will not see any clients in-person at this event. All client questions must be submitted by October 25th. Click the button below to post a question.