Pro Bono Service
Our staff attorneys are limited in the extent to which they can meet the legal needs of the low-income community in our four county region. At LASP, we rely heavily on the precious gift of time as donated in pro bono services by a generous network of volunteer attorneys. The ways that we use pro bono attorneys differ from county to county depending on local needs and other available resources.
Interested in volunteering pro bono services for LASP?
Please call the Pro Bono Coordinator for your affilated county for more information. Click here for a list of office locations and phone numbers.
Pro bono volunteerisn is a very strong tradition in Bucks County. Every year members of the private bar are solicited by mail to volunteer to assist low income and vulnerable county residentswith legal problems and many do. The areas in which we have found volunteers to be most effective and of the greatest help to our clients are in the areas of family and bankruptcy law. This is because of court scheduling and the nature and volume of cases in which assistance is needed. However, from time to time we have a need for attorneys with expertise in other areas in which we do not have the experience or resources to provide help.
When attorneys are solicited to volunteer, they are asked to indicate what kind of cases they are willing and qualified to take. If they are interested in taking a case but do not feel competent to take it because of lack of expertise or training, they should contack LASP about receiving the training and mentoring they need to provide representation. Periodically, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses are offered at discounted rates to attorneys who agree to take pro bono cases. LASP also provides malpractice coverage and use of its space and equipment to those volunteers who provide services.
Randi Riefner, the pro bono coordinator for LASP working out of Bristol, calls and lines up volunteers weeks and even months ahead, when possible. Volunteers always have the choice to accept or not accept a particular assignment but volunteers are expected to take cases at some point during the year. For those cases not quickly settled or decided, Randi periodically checks in with attorneys to learn the staus of the case. Attorneys who take cases are recognized in the Writs, LASP's annual report, and at Bar functions during the year.