Launch of Pro Bono Portal
The Wyoming Center for Legal Aid (the Center), launched a new tool for attorneys who sign up for the “I’ll Do One” campaign and agree to accept a pro bono case from the Center. The Center today announced the launch of a Pro Bono Portal, which is a password accessible portal on the Center’s website which contains a variety of resources for pro bono attorneys.
The site includes general reference materials useful for any case as well as substantive law resources arranged by topic for the areas of law that most commonly affect low-income clients. The site also has a calendar of upcoming free CLEs for pro bono attorneys and will eventually allow access to archived CLE presentations.
“The Center is committed to providing support for pro bono attorneys in Wyoming,” said Angie Dorsch, Executive Director of the Center. “We’ve had a great response and many attorneys have already signed up to accept a case. We hope that by providing resources and support for our volunteers, this will encourage others who may be hesitant, to go ahead and sign the pledge to accept a case.”
In addition to the Pro Bono Portal, the Center offers a wide range of support for volunteer attorneys. Pro bono attorneys have access to free CLE, with a list of upcoming free CLE on the Center’s website. The Center also provides professional liability insurance, at no cost, to cover any work a volunteer lawyer provides through the Center’s programs. And, beginning January 1, 2014, Wyoming lawyers can claim more CLE credit for pro bono service. Attorneys may now claim one CLE credit for every two hours of pro bono service, up to five hours per year.
Attorneys who have already signed up to accept a case will receive an email in the following days with login information and instructions for accessing the portal. The portal will be continually updated and new resources added.
“The Center has already put together pro bono notebooks for attorneys that contain statutes and information on various topics of law that we frequently see in our low income population, such as housing, bankruptcy, social security, and consumer law,” said Rendy Lemke, Staff Attorney and Pro Bono Coordinator. “These manuals are used at our walk-in legal clinics. We have had such positive feedback on these notebooks, from our pro bono attorneys, so we are excited to launch this portal, to provide easier access and more information and forms to the attorneys all across the state. Additionally, the attorneys at the Center are always available to provide one-on-one guidance to an attorney that is taking a case in an area of law that he or she does not normally practice.”
For more information or to sign up, click here.