Demand for Pro Bono Advice Up by Over 40% This Year

Social distancing has meant that many in-person clinics around Arkansas have had to be canceled. These clinics are critical to addressing the legal needs of low-income Arkansans who can’t afford full-service legal help. Even without social distancing, many potential clients struggle to arrange transportation to clinics, especially in rural areas of the state. To help address this problem, the Arkansas Access to Justice Commission runs a 100% online pro bono advice site called AR Free Legal Answers.

With economic and public health crises ongoing, we have experienced a more than 40% increase in requests for pro bono advice so far this year. Our volunteers are working hard to meet the demand. They have even started working with law student mentees to answer more questions. However, they won’t be able to answer all the questions we receive on their own. To meet the need, we have set a goal of recruiting 50 new attorney volunteers. We hope you’ll help us meet this goal by clicking the “Volunteer” button below.

How does it work?

  • Sign up as a volunteer at the link below.
  • We’ll ask you to confirm your email address.
  • After you confirm your email address, you’ll receive a link to a training for new volunteers. (You can claim one hour of CLE credit for watching this on-demand training!)
  • You’ll get an email approximately once a month with all the questions our clients have asked.
  • Pick as many or as few questions as you’d like to answer.

Thank you to everyone who makes this pro bono project possible!

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.