643 North State Street
Post Office Box 2168
Jackson, Mississippi 39225-2168
601 960-9577 OR 800-682-0047
A Joint Venture of the Mississippi Bar and Mississippi
This program is financially assisted by the Interest on Lawyers
Program of The Mississippi Bar Foundation, Inc.
The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
(MVLP) represents the nation's first formal association of a state Bar
with representatives of the Legal Services Corporation. This association
has resulted in a professional and productive partnership which unselfishly
serves the most needy of Mississippi's poor.
Even before completing its first year of operation,
the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project was cited by the American Bar
Association and the National Legal Aid and Defender Association as the
country's single most outstanding program among state bar associations.
This award is justifiably shared with every member of the private bar who
has volunteered their time and expertise.
Under the Project, Mississippi Bar members agree
to take indigent cases on a pro bono basis, while the Legal Services offices
screen potential clients. The Volunteer attorney is matched to a
client by the MVLP Director who works from an office located in the Bar
headquarters in Jackson.
The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project is a 501(c)(3)
How the PROJECT Works
Potential clients are screened by Legal
Services to determine income eligibility and to assure that the case has
The Project contacts the volunteer attorney.
The Project sends written confirmation of the referral to the client, the
attorney and the referring Legal Services Office.
Reasonable litigation expenses incurred for referred
cases will be paid by the Project. Those expenses include:
Witness and subpoena costs
Long distance telephone charges
Filing Fees - in the event the case cannot be filed in forma pauperis and
the client cannot pay
The Libraries of the six Legal Services offices are
available to the volunteer attorney to assist with research. The
offices have material available on a variety of issues and serve as a clearinghouse
for memorandums, bulletins, and news letters from various agencies and
national support centers.
Volunteer law students are available to assist lawyers
on pro bono cases. Pro Bono depositions are available through the
Mississippi Short Hand Reporters Association. Contact the Project
to schedule a pro bono deposition.
The Project carries professional liability insurance
on all members.
Once a referral is made, the MVLP Director periodically
reviews each case to ensure that the match is mutually beneficial.
Minimum records are to be kept by attorneys and returned to the Project
at the conclusion of each case so that volunteer lawyers will be given
credit for their contribution.
The cases the volunteer can expect to handle are
those which the Legal Services are presently handling.
Continuing Legal Education
In keeping with the Mississippi Bar's philosophy
regarding continuing legal education, and the Project's stated goal to
provide quality legal services to the poor of Mississippi, the Project
sponsors CLE and training programs on a regular basis. These programs,
although offered to all lawyers in the state, are provided at a reduced
charge to attorneys participating in the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers
For Further Information
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
call: 601-960-9577 or 800-682-0047
Free Legal Information
Caller should ask for "Legal Line"
Call: 800-682-6423 or 601-948-4471
Lawyers interested in becoming a MVLP panel
member apply here!
NOTE TO REFERRING AGENCIES:
The Mississippi Bar and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
DO NOT have a Lawyer Referral Program. Consumer information is available
at the Bar's website : www.msbar.org