Ways to Volunteer

“I will not reject, from any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the impoverished, the defenseless, or the oppressed. I will endeavor always to advance the cause of justice and to defend and keep inviolate the rights of all persons whose trust is conferred upon me as an attorney at law.” 

–Arkansas Attorney’s Oath

Provide pro bono advice online.

On AR.freelegalanswers.org, volunteer attorneys can view legal questions that have been posted by Arkansans who are unable to afford an attorney. Clients who have posted questions have agreed that the scope of representation will be limited to advice, so you don’t have to worry about court appearances or an extensive time commitment. In fact, many questions can be answered in about 15 minutes. We handle screening clients for financial eligibility and provide malpractice coverage for pro bono work done on the site.

If you would like to help someone by providing an answer to their legal question check out our training video, then sign up to help.

AR.freelegalanswers.org is a collaborative project of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, and Arkansas Access to Justice.

Take a pro bono case

Arkansas has two legal aid programs, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas. Each year, they help around 10,000 low-income Arkansans facing a serious civil legal need. They help survivors of domestic abuse, veterans who are struggling to get the benefits they earned, tenants who are stuck in unsafe housing, and others who have been denied the promise of justice. However, they can’t do it on their own. Because of limited resources, many qualified clients are turned away. You can help by volunteering to handle a case. They will provide malpractice coverage for work done on the pro bono case and can partner you with a staff attorney mentor, if needed.

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