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 2016 KLS Pro Bono Newsletter.

Recruiting Kansas attorneys for the ABA project Free legal

Learn more by watching this YouTube video:

Less than 8 minutes will let you learn how you can be involved. Please read more about the program here.


It is not too late to register for the Kansas Legal Services training on November 9 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.  The training will be held in Topeka at the Kansas Bar Association and we want to include YOU!

Training topics include family law issues and other issues that impact KLS clients including domestic violence.

CLE credit for 4 hours of training is pending approval.  It will be provided free to attorneys who accept pro bono cases from KLS.  You can attend all or part of the training. 

You can view the training agenda here.  Please reply to Cindy VanHoutan ( if you want to attend.   

My Ties are at the Bar!

Celebrate  Pro Bono in Johnson County, honoring pro bono attorneys and the Veterans' Court, from 5 to 7 p.m. on October 25, 2016.

Read more.

A Call to Serve!

Looking for a way to say thank you and give back to Veterans in our community? 

In honor of Veterans Day, please consider joining Kansas Legal Services at our Legal Outreach Clinic at the Colmery-O'Neil VA Medical Center in Topeka on November 10th.  

Volunteer attorneys can receive CLE credit for training and working with veterans at the all day clinic.  This is the 4th year for this event and we need your support  to make it the best yet. 

Last year, nineteen Veterans were helped with legal issues including advance directives, Driver’s License issues, child support modifications, expungment, and Social Security Disability.

If your calendar will not permit you to stay all day, morning or afternoon sessions are available.

Click here for the CLE Agenda and flier about the event. 

To sign up to participate, contact Allison Berndsen at or (785) 354-8531.   

Heart of America Stand Down for Veterans in Kansas City, November 4

Kansas Legal Services - Kansas City will offer free legal assistance at this important annual event for homeless Veterans. We need volunteer attorneys for this important, annual event.

Help us give a hand up to Veterans!

To volunteer, contact Kim Sharitz, or call 913-621-0200

Read more here.

Habitat for Humanity Clinic for Homeowners

KLS is partnering with Topeka Habitat for Humanity during Celebrate Pro Bono Week to prepare Transfer on Death Deeds for Habitat Homeowners. 

This event is October 25th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at Habitat for Humanity, 121 NE Gordon Topeka, KS.

Volunteering for this event will help low-income homeowners, and support two local non-profits organizations, all at the same time! 

To sign up to participate, contact Allison Berndsen at or (785) 354-8531.   

Read the 2016 KLS Private Attorney Involvement (PAI) Plan

The Board of Directors for Kansas Legal Services, Inc. has approved the 2016 Plan, outlining the methods through which KLS will involve private attorneys in efforts to provide civil legal services to low income persons. 

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


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 and use the search function to find and select Kansas Legal Services, Inc., as your charity and start supporting KLS today.


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 .

KLS Field Office Pro Bono Coordinators & Emails



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