Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA)

Law firm that empowers low-income people by providing legal information, advice, and other services free of charge.
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Primary geographic focus: Montana, RURAL
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: MLSA
Lists: LSC

The Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is a law firm that empowers low-income people by providing legal information, advice, and other services free of charge.  Our mission is to protect and enhance the civil legal rights of, and promote systemic change for, Montanans living in poverty.   MLSA accomplishes its mission by engaging with the low income community in Montana to become their advocates to change the systems that keep people in poverty.



Put Lawyers Where They’re Needed

Theresa Amato
New York Times (NYT)
June 17, 2015
Millions of Americans lack crucial legal services. Yet enormous numbers of lawyers are unemployed. Why can’t the supply of lawyers match the demand? This op-ed explains.

News Story

Justice for Alt: Special brew to benefit 50-year-old Montana Legal Services Association

Tom Kuglin
Helena Independent Record (MT)
October 4, 2015
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, Montana Legal Services Association launches a public awareness and fundraising campaign, including its own special beer brewed by Blackfoot River Brewing: Justice for Alt.

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In Montana The Demand For Affordable Legal Help Far Outstrips The Supply

Montana Public Radio
October 22, 2015
Montana's Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission is doing seven forums like yesterday’s in Kalispell around the state over the next year to get ideas for achieving justice for all.

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Court commission examines legal help for poor in non-criminal cases

Mike Dennison
KTVH (Helena, MT) (NBC)
March 11, 2016
Every day in Montana, someone faces a crisis that may need legal help – and many Montanans have no way to pay for that.

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Legal help for poor, disabled often hard to come by

David Crisp
KTVQ (CBS, Billings, MT)
March 17, 2016
For Montana residents with little money or with disabilities, legal help is too expensive and too hard to find.


Judges Across The Country Are Shaking Down Poor People

Bryce Covert
August 24, 2016
Court fees stand in the way of justice for poor people.


Gazette opinion: Access to justice in Montana

Billings Gazette
January 4, 2017
That lack of service affects not only poor Montanans, but everyone who needs to use our state court system.

Letter to Editor

The importance of access to counsel

Amy Hall
Helena Independent Record (MT)
January 25, 2017
A bill currently pending (HB46) that would provide additional funding for civil legal aid to Montanans living in poverty.


Do not cut civil legal aid

Paul F. Kirgis
Missoulian (MT)
March 22, 2017
Civil legal aid fosters self-reliance and ultimately saves money.

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Montana Supreme Court justices raise concerns about legal aid funding

Jonathon Ambarian
KTVH (Helena, MT)
April 3, 2017
All seven current justices of the Montana Supreme Court, along with eight retired members, are calling on Congress to continue funding two groups that help provide legal aid for people who can’t afford it.


Legal Services, Americorps serve Montana well

Mike McGrath, Beth Baker
Billings Gazette
April 4, 2017
These programs are critical partners in ensuring that the Montana justice system meets the Constitution’s command to “establish Justice ... and secure the Blessings of Liberty” to all Montanans.


Legal Aid helps break cycle of intimate partner violence

Alissa Chambers
Billings Gazette
November 4, 2019
Our community can do more for survivors, and while intimate partner homicides are on the rise, we must protect victims and provide what are often lifesaving services to those suffering from domestic violence.


An LSC grant program is trying to increase access to justice through tech

Stephanie Francis Ward
ABA Journal
February 1, 2020
Since 2000, approximately $65 million has been awarded by the TIG program.

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Missoula renters, landlords squeezed by COVID-19

Patrick Reilly
Missoulian (MT)
March 25, 2020
In Missoula, Montana, as in every rental market right now, tenants are struggling to pay bills and feed their families with a lot less income. Many landlords are sympathetic but are in a bind as well. Amy Hall, an attorney with the Montana Legal Services Association, urges tenants to communicate with their landlords to try to work out an agreement.

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