300+ Arkansans Helped by AR Free Legal Answers in 2019
The Year that Was
2019 was a banner year for AR Free Legal Answers. The year started with a grant from the Arkansas Bar Foundation to help us let Arkansans know about Free Legal Answers. With that grant we printed 10,000 brochures and throughout the year we distributed them at courthouses, shelters, and libraries across the state. That effort paid off with a 53% increase in the number of questions answered by our volunteer attorneys, compared to 2018.
We also welcomed many new volunteers to Free Legal Answers in 2019. Thirty-one new volunteer attorneys joined the site! Many of these new volunteers signed up to answer their first question thanks to partnerships with the William H. Bowen School of Law and the University of Arkansas School of Law. Both of the state’s law schools have partnered with us to offer an AR Free Legal Answers clinic on campus at least once a semester. These clinics were critical to our success. At the clinics law students partner with experienced attorneys to answer the most difficult questions that we receive.
Thank you to all of our volunteers and partners who made 2019 a great year! To learn about our plans for 2020 and how you can get involved, keep scrolling.
Our 2020 Resolutions
In 2020 we are resolving to:
- ensure that court clerks and judges in every county know they can refer low-income Arkansans to AR Free Legal Answers;
- recruit at least 50 new volunteer attorneys;
- host six clear the queue clinics;
- match at least 80% of applicants with a volunteer attorney; and
- help at least 700 low-income Arkansans.
Sign-Up for Pro Bono Updates!
If you are an attorney who would like to help us fulfill our 2020 resolutions, complete the form below and we’ll send you monthly updates with the questions that low-income Arkansans are asking us. There’s no commitment, answer as many or as few questions as you want. You can unsubscribe from pro bono updates at any time.
AR Free Legal Answers lets attorneys do pro bono from anywhere with an internet connection. We screen clients for financial eligibility and provide malpractice insurance. You even get to preview questions before you decide whether to answer them. Most questions can be answered in under 15 minutes.
Want to learn more? Check out this video.
AR Free Legal Answers is operated jointly by the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, and the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission. Financial support is provided by the Arkansas Bar Foundation.