Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM)

independent nonprofit that serves 43 counties. Headquartered in Springfield, with offices in Cape Girardeau, Charleston, Rolla and West Plains.
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Primary geographic focus: Missouri
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: LSSM
Lists: LSC

Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) is one of four legal services organizations in Missouri funded primarily by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is a private, not-for-profit corporation created by an Act of Congress to ensure low-income people have equal access to the courts nationwide.

LSSM receives financial assistance from the following sources: Legal Services Corporation, State of Missouri, Missouri Lawyer Trust Account Foundation, and local area agencies on aging. However, without the support of local private lawyers, LSSM would be unable to provide high-quality legal representation to the poor.

LSSM is not a government agency, but rather a not-for-profit organization serving only the low-income and elderly in forty-three counties across southern Missouri. LSSM never charges a fee to a client.



For criminal justice reform, look to civil legal aid

David Udell
Al Jazeera America
September 5, 2015
Any reform on criminal justice will fall short unless our leaders recognize that being smart on crime requires being just as smart on civil justice.

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