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Legal Services of Southern Missouri Spotlights Work of Attorney James R. Sharp

James R. Sharp has been practicing family law for over 20 years in the Springfield area. Jim's practice is devoted primarily to family law, child support, custody and visitation, divorce, wills, litigation and appeals. His firm, Sharp & Bredesen, is one of the few law firms in Missouri that handle family law appeals. Jim began his volunteer work with Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) in 1996. In addition to representing low-income individuals who cannot afford an attorney, Mr. Sharp has been an invaluable recourse to the staff and other pro bono attorneys. Jim often provides information and input as to various appellate issues, probate cases, and family law matters when LSSM staff and other volunteer attorneys need guidance. Jim also volunteers his time to share his knowledge and expertise by serving as a presenter at various legal education trainings.

LSSM, in partnership with the Missouri State Public Defenders Office launched a pilot project "Helping Parents Help Children" which focuses on non-support criminal cases in Barry, Christian, Dade, Greene, Lawrence, Stone and Taney Counties. Jim Sharp accepted the first case under this pilot project and by the time the case went to trial, Jim was able to prove both children were emancipated and secured a reduction on the child support arrearages for the client.

Jim has the wherewithal to recognize the multitude of unique issues that plague the low income population and accordingly provides vehement and zealous representation to LSSM's clients.

Jim is a member of The Missouri Bar and the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.