Pro Bono Resources
KLS has a new website strictly for volunteer attorneys klsprobono.org.
The site is free and has many helpful resources for pro bono attorneys in Kansas! Please check it out and become a member. Pictured: KLS Executive Director Marilyn Harp and pro bono volunteer attorney Jeremy Mai.
Here are resources for attorneys who want to volunteer for Kansas Legal Services, including the application to become a volunteer, information about the Elder Law Hotline, and other news that is relevant for pro bono attorneys.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT THE KANSAS EMERITUS ATTORNEY PROGRAM
Any attorney who currently has a status of inactive or retired on their law license in Kansas can work with a not for profit provider of civil legal services on a pro bono basis. Kansas Legal Services is such an organization. This practice is covered by 2013 modifications to Supreme Court Rule 208.
The rule requires that an emeritus attorney provide the services through an approved legal aid organization such as Kansas Legal Services and be under its general supervision. We need to determine that the legal work the attorney is interested in providing is consistent with the needs of Kansas Legal Services’ clients and with the available supervision. An attorney interested in working under Rule 208 should complete the attached application providing information regarding time commitment, type of legal work preferred (for example: providing advice to clients, representing in court, drafting documents), and length of commitment. The application should be sent to Marilyn Harp.
Here is an application if you wish to participate.
If you have further questions please read the attached information sheet, Kansas QA about Emeritus, or contact:
- Marilyn Harp
- Kansas Legal Services
- 712 S Kansas Ave, Suite 201
- Topeka, KS 66603
The website provides forms, materials and news about volunteer opportunities in Kansas. The site is secure and designed for use by busy attorneys.
klsprobono.org is where you will now go to review cases you might be interested in taking.
You may sign up to be notified by email when a case is available in your preferred area of the law and preferred location.
It's easy! Once you sign up as a member, just go to the Volunteer Opportunities page, then to Find a Case and click on subscribe in the top right and put in your preferences
You can change the preferences at any time.
All of the persons who receive the newsletter are already in the member roster of klsprobono.org
Anyone who has ever received the pro bono monthly email has been added to the pro bono website as a member already, so completing your membership is so easy:
Step one: Click here and put in your email address
- Step two: Put in your temporary password KLSprobono2017
- Step three: Change your password to something personal for you
- Step four: Give some information about yourself in your profile, i.e., law firm, specialty, etc.
- Step five: Check out the site
The site is fully secure and confidential and no member's information will be shared with anyone besides the website coordinator.
You are already a member!
What are you waiting for?
Law Students of the Year: Jacob Bielenberg, Washburn University School of Law
The National Jurist named Jake Bielenberg as one of its Law Students of the Year. Jake worked as an intern in our KLS - Pittsburg office. He logged nearly 200 hours of pro bono work with Kansas Legal Services. That effort makes sense when you consider the bumpy road he had to get to this place as an outstanding law student: Read more about Jake here."As far as second chances are concerned," Bielenberg says, "I am just trying to enjoy the ride." Thanks for your work, Jake!
ABA and KBA Ask Kansas Attorneys to Take Survey
The purpose of the Statewide pro bono survey is to quantify and recognize the pro bono work done by attorneys, as well as to understand the factors that encourage or discourage pro bono service. Please note that you are encouraged to complete this survey whether or not you have provided pro bono service. Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
We believe that the available pro bono programs could be improved for both lawyer volunteers and program participants. This survey is designed to better understand what types of improvements would motivate more lawyers to participate. Hopefully, the survey will attract participants who have found a way to connect with a pro bono program and those who have not. This isn’t a recruitment vehicle. Once the results are obtained, the steering committee is determined to modify current programs to better suit interested volunteers. The results will also be shared in ways that allow the public to learn about the good that lawyers are currently doing in their communities.
Thank you for your participation!
Follow this link to the Survey:
Recruiting Kansas attorneys for the ABA project Free legal Answers.org
Learn more by watching this YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW1v3hY05CY
Less than 8 minutes will let you learn how you can be involved. Please read more about the program here.
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.
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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:
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 email@example.com .