Pro Bono Resources

Here are resources for attorneys who want to volunteer for Kansas Legal Services, including the monthly Pro Bono Newsletter, the application to become a volunteer, information about the Elder Law Hotline, and other news that is relevant for pro bono attorneys.

Click here to see the OCTOBER 2014 KLS Pro Bono Newsletter.

 

Heart of America Veteran Stand Down November 7 - Need Volunteer Attorneys

KLS - Kansas City will be participating in the Heart of America Veteran Stand Down again this year.  This is an event for all Veterans to get access to resources: information, clothing, food, legal help, health care, housing and more. 

Many of the Veterans are homeless and have legal barriers that keep them from getting housing, employment and other basic needs. KLS could really use some help at the event providing brief advice.

In years past, some attorneys have agreed to accept a case for someone they see at the event but the main objective is to provide advice. We never know exactly what type of issues will be presented or how many people will request help.

We are provided a room for some minimal privacy. The event is Friday, November 7, runs from 7:30 a.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m., and is held at Memorial Hall, 600 7th Street, Kansas City, KS.

If you are willing to help out, please let Kim Sharitz, Pro Bono Coordinator, KLS - Kansas City, know the time you can be there. Some prefer to come for a couple hours in the morning, some in afternoon and some stay the entire event.You can reach Kim through email at sharitzk@klsinc.org or call and ask for her at 913-621-0200.

 

FREE ONLINE CLE

Kansas Legal Services is hosting an online CLE to educate attorneys about the legal needs of returning veterans. Read more about it here.

Contact cindyv@klsinc.org to request information on how to access this resource. Brochure

 

ATTENTION ONLINE SHOPPERS:

Amazon has announced that it will donate 0.5% of each Amazon purchase to a charity of the online shopper's choice. Kansas Legal Services is an option available to you. Just go to Smile.amazon.com and use the search function to find and select Kansas Legal Services, Inc., as your charity and start supporting KLS today.

 

KLS 2014 Private Attorney Involvement Plan

The Board of Directors for Kansas Legal Services, Inc. has approved the 2014 Plan, outlining the methods through which KLS will involve private attorneys in efforts to provide civil legal services to low income persons.  You can read that plan here: 2014 Plan. 

 

KLS Pro Bono Application

Here is an application to sign up for pro bono cases. You can also tell us how many cases and the types of cases you prefer.

KLS Pro Bono application            OR Online Application

 

Chief Justice Nuss Thanks Volunteer Attorneys

Left to Right: Allison Maxwell (Sloan Law Firm); Lee Smithyman (President, KBA); Edward Weigers (Galloway-Weigers & Brinegar); Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss; Dustin Crook (Bryan Smith Law Firm); Marilyn Harp (Executive Director, Kansas Legal Services); Stephen Cavanaugh (Cavanaugh & Lemon, P.A.); John Sanderson (retired Judge, Emporia, KS).

On November 5, 2012, Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss thanked a few of the 100 volunteer attorneys who have signed up for a program built on the collaboration of the Kansas Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services to provide legal assistance at no cost to returning Servicemembers and their families.

Servicemembers deployed since 9/11 have faced challenges unlike anything before in our country's history. They've left behind jobs, friends, and daily routines to face the stress of combat, long deployments, and uncertain conditions.

Coming home can mean facing painful reintroductions to everyday life and troublesome changes: reemployment, financial challenges, difficult family conditions, and in many cases, legal issues that developed while they were proudly defending our country. Help them face their legal battles at home.

Become a part of the Kansas Bar Association and Kansas Legal Services statewide effort to make military legal assistance more accessible.

Attorneys may sign up here


Equal justice for the homeless client

Rhonda Sullivan, Managing Attorney with KLS - Wichita, describes the work going on in Wichita to assist persons and families experiencing homelessness, what KLS attorneys and paralegals are doing there, and how you can help, too.

Read more about it here.


Domestic Violence Handbook for Attorneys

For Attorneys who represent survivors of domestic violence, a handbook from The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health:

Representing Domestic Violence Survivors Who Are Experiencing Trauma and Other Mental Health Challenges: A Handbook for Attorneys


Want to Learn More About the Kansas Legal Services Elder Hotline?  

The Elder Hotline has been operated for more than 10 years by Kansas Legal Services.  It was the 2009 recipient of the Kansas Bar Association Pro Bono Award. More than 60 Kansas lawyers are already volunteering for this program.  Want to join them?  Want to learn more?

The Kansas Elder Law Hotline receives calls from Kansans over 60 who are seeking legal information about issues in their lives.  These seniors are given the opportunity of phoning the Kansas Elder Hotline toll free and the calls are transferred to the attorney "on shift."   Legal topics run the breadth of general practice experience. 

Volunteer attorneys are scheduled for a four hour shift every 2 months.  During a typical shift, a lawyer might get three calls.  Shifts are scheduled in advance and attorneys can turn down or change a shift, as needed. 

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer application at the bottom of the page and return it to Cindy VanHoutan at cindyv@klsinc.org .

KLS Field Office Pro Bono Coordinators & Emails

 

 

 

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