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Volunteer lawyers needed to help Missourians of modest means with legal advice

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, legal questions relating to the crisis are starting to arise more frequently. From questions about debt and employment to landlord/tenant disputes, as time passes more and more Missourians will need legal advice. 

Missouri.FreeLegalAnswers.org is seeking volunteers to provide answers for the inevitable questions that Missourians of modest means will have during this difficult time. Eighteen legal organizations and local/specialty bar associations have joined The Missouri Bar in support of this effort and urge lawyers to volunteer their time and expertise to help Missourians in need. 

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Dear Members:

The COVID-19 pandemic brings withituncertainty and unique needs and challenges. In the days and months to come, many Missourians will face unanticipated legal issues. The legal community will be working to help mobilize volunteer lawyers for people who need help. We will continue to work with partners in the bench and bar to expand opportunities to provide pro bono assistance.

The Missouri Bar’s Free Legal Answers website is an existing platform to help address the legal needs of those without the resources to engage private counsel. Under our current circumstances, we expect the number of questions submitted to exceed our typical number of volunteers.VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED.Many questions are likely to arise in employment, housing, domestic, or education law. As Missouri lawyers, this is our opportunity to put our licenses to work helping those most in need at a dire time.

Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic where citizens submit questions atMissouri.FreeLegalAnswers.orgfor review by any one or more of our volunteer lawyers. Volunteer lawyers can sign in any time from any device with internet access to answers questions. Lawyers volunteering to respond to these questions can choose the questions for which they feel best-equipped to provide a response and need not field any questions outside areas of their specific area of practice or understanding. There are also topic-specific resources available on the website for reference by volunteers. If you are not covered by a private insurance policy, the American Bar Association provides coverage for communications occurring on the platform.

As a legal community, we are uniquely situated to assist Missourians in these difficult times.

Sincerely,

 

The Missouri Bar 

Association for Women Lawyers of Greater Kansas City 

Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis 

Hispanic Bar Association of Kansas City 

Hispanic Bar Association of St. Louis

Jackson County Bar Association 

Jefferson County Bar Association 

Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association 

Lawyers Association of Kansas City 

Lawyers Association of St. Louis 

Legal Aid of Western Missouri 

Legal Staffing Solutions 

Missouri Asian American Bar Association 

Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers 

Mound City Bar Association 

South Asian-American Bar Association 

Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association 

St. Louis County Bar Association 

Women's Lawyer Association of Greater St. Louis