Since 2013, the Montgomery County Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyers Program offers free civil legal aid to residents of Montgomery County, Alabama.
Primary geographic focus: Alabama
Organization type(s): Bar/Pro Bono, Provider
Acronym or short name: MVLP
Tags: Pro Bono
The Montgomery VLP offers more than 25 services to low-income households. We have more than 400 members of the Montgomery County Bar who donate their time to assist the clients of MVLP.
The Montgomery County Bar Association strives to advance the legal profession and improve the system of justice on behalf of its members and the public. MCBA serves its members as a regional center for legal professionalism through education, administrative resources, and professional support.
The Montgomery Volunteer Lawyer’s Program (MVLP) was begun in April 2013 by the Montgomery County Bar Association (MCBA). The lawyer-members of the MCBA knew that low-income Montgomery County residents were often at a disadvantage in dealing with their civil legal problems simply because they could not afford to hire an attorney. By instituting a program whereby these residents could face their legal adversaries on equal footing, the MCBA seeks to ensure access to justice for all.
The MCBA created the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose board of directors oversees the operation of the MVLP, to serve as the funding mechanism to support the volunteer program’s daily operations. Through the receipt of grants funded by organizations such as Legal Services Alabama, the Alabama Law Foundation, the Alabama Civil Justice Foundation and the City of Montgomery, as well as contributions by local law firms and individuals, the MVLP is able to provide legal assistance free of charge to those in need.
Over 440 Montgomery-area attorneys give of their time and legal expertise – without cost to eligible Montgomery County residents – through volunteering at monthly clinics and help desks and accepting referral of clients for extended representation. Without these attorneys’ willingness to render this free service, many low income residents would be forced to go into court on their own.
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