St. Francis Community Services - Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry

Our mission is to serve people in need, especially those who are poor and vulnerable, to work to improve social conditions for all people in the community and to call members of the Church and community to do the same.  Our office helps victims of domestic violence and those in unsafe relationships with family and domestic law matters through our family law initiative. Our other projects include veterans advocacy, immigration law, and equal housing assistance.

For details, visit our website.

Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts

Logo for KCVLAAKCVLAA is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that provides legal and accounting assistance to qualifying artists and arts organizations from all creative disciplines.  Our ArtSmarts program provides seminars in arts law to help artists avoid common pitfalls in their professional arts careers.  Attorneys and accountants can work one-on-one with artists on various legal and accounting questions, recruit additional attorneys and accountants to volunteer with the program, speak at one of our ArtSmarts legal or accounting seminars, and generate publications for the KCVLAA.  Law students can volunteer at seminars, can answer telephone and email inquiries and can work on publications individually or in a group.

For details visit our website.

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Logo for Legal Services of Eastern MissouriLegal Services of Eastern Missouri (LSEM) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization providing legal assistance to the low-income community in 21 counties of eastern Missouri. LSEM handles only civil cases in the areas of family, housing, consumer, education, immigration, public benefits, income maintenance and other problems specific to the elderly. LSEM also publishes handbooks and brochures on a variety of legal issues, provides community education presentations and assists people in the community at various outreach centers.

For details please visit our website.

Legal Services of Southern Missouri

Legal Servives of Sothern MissouriLegal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.  The board of directors and staff of LSSM are committed to the proposition that all people in southern Missouri, regardless of income, deserve equal access to justice.  Further, we recognize that there is a need to provide equal access to the system of justice for low-income individuals who seek redress of grievances.  Therefore, it is our mission to provide quality legal representation and advice to low-income persons that ensures equal access to justice in civil matters; within our financial constraints.

For details visit the Legal Services of Southern Missouri website.

Legal Aid of Western MO Volunteer Attorney Project

The Volunteer Attorney Project (VAP) is the pro bono component of Legal Aid of Western Missouri. Legal Aid of Western Missouri (LAWMO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.   VAP, co-sponsored by bar associations throughout LAWMO's service area, provides free legal services to eligible clients in 40-counties of western Missouri.  Through the project, private attorneys agree to accept cases on a pro bono basis representing the homeless, senior citizens and others in need of, but unable to afford, legal assistance.  Solo practitioners as well as members of small, medium and large law firms and in-house corporate counsel make up the program's more than 900 volunteers.  Approximately 35 percent of our volunteers are providing legal assistance to clients on a regular basis. Since 1982, VAP is has helped more that 13,600 clients to secure life's basics including habitable shelter, a safe haven from abusers, health care and education.

For details visit our website.

Mid-Missouri Legal Services Corp

Mid-Missouri Legal Services (MMLS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit civil legal services program that serves low-income people in 11 counties in central Missouri.  The counties include:  Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Miller, Moniteau, Osage and Randolph. Its mission is to ensure access to justice for low-income people who could not otherwise afford an attorney. Its primary practice areas include family, domestic violence, health, housing, consumer, public benefits, income maintenance, education and employment law. It is funded by the Legal Services Corporation, a Deptartment of Justice OVW Fund, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Lawyers Trust Account Fund (IOLTA), the Missouri Bar, City of Columbia, County of Boone, Callaway County United Way and Audrain County United Way.

For details please visit our website.

Samaritan Center Legal Care

Samaritan Center Legal Care primarily serves people in the counties surrounding Jefferson City including Cole, Moniteau, Miller, Osage, Maries and Callaway.  In special situations, persons living outside of this area may be served, if the jurisdiction is within the area or can be handled through pro se assistance (limited scope representation). The program is primarily for persons whose household income is at or below 150% of federal poverty level.  We do not rely solely on tables of numbers to determine need but also assesses human and community factors.  For example, although a person may not be presently in poverty, failure to provide assistance may trigger a series of dominoes.

For details see visit the Samaritan Center website.

St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court

To better address domestic violence victims’ need for protection in the St. Louis community, the Family Court of St. Louis County formed a Specialized Civil Domestic Violence Court. The DV Court centralizes the handling of domestic violence Order of Protection cases in order to better achieve tangible outcomes for both victims and offenders. DV Court staff and judges place an emphasis upon judicial monitoring and community collaboration in order to enhance victim safety and impose offender accountability.

For more information, visit the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court webpage.

Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

VLAA offers legal and accounting assistance to artists and arts organizations with arts-related legal and accounting problems. Volunteer lawyers work one-on-one with clients regarding arts-related legal issues, recruit volunteer lawyers, accept speaking engagements for VLAA , write or edit VLAA publications or participate in the Arts Resolutions Services program as a mediator; law students may work on research projects, working independently or in small groups or assist with administrative tasks.

For details please visit our website.

The Missouri Seniors' Legal Helpline

Missouri Seniors Legal HelplineWith the growing older population amid an economic downturn, seniors frequently encounter the need for legal services, such as assistance in obtaining benefits, dealing with foreclosure or help with long-term care planning.  Studies indicate many older people’s legal concerns require only brief information or advice to assist them in avoiding pitfalls that threaten their independence, health and financial security.  The Missouri Seniors' Legal Helpline is a collaborative effort of the legal and aging networks.  The Helpline consists of a statewide toll-free number and an online system that can provide legal information to all Missouri seniors and offers pro bono or reduced fee legal advice or brief representation to Missourians over 60 in economic or social need.

For details please visit the Missouri Seniors' Legal Helpline.

The Missouri Bar -- Disaster Legal Services

The Missouri BarA toll-free telephone number -- (800) 829-4128 -- has been established at The Missouri Bar to receive requests for legal help from storm and flood victims. Callers will be asked for a brief description of their problem or question as well as a return phone number. Within 48 hours a volunteer attorney will return the call and provide free legal help. The volunteer attorneys cannot represent callers in court or accept the caller as a paying client. After talking with a volunteer attorney, callers may be referred to their local lawyer referral service if they decide they would like a lawyer to represent them.

Missouri State Public Defender System

The Missouri Public Defender System (MSPD) is the organization responsible for providing legal representation to all indigent citizens accused of or convicted of crimes in Missouri. Working with MSPD allows individuals to make a difference in their community, gain valuable work experience and provide assistance to those in need.

MSPD is a statewide agency primarily comprised of three legal service divisions: the Trial Division, Capital Division and Appellate/Post-Conviction Division. Attorneys in district offices within each division provide direct representation to our clients.

MSPD employs about 580 people; approximately 370 of them are attorneys. They are assisted by support staff, paralegals and investigators. Together, the lawyers and staff provide high-quality, zealous criminal representation in almost 90,000 cases each year in district offices located throughout Missouri.

For more information, visit the Missouri Public Defender website.