The Wyoming State Bar, in partnership with Equal Justice Wyoming, would like to encourage lawyers to take part in the “I’ll Do One” initiative.
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While legal aid programs in Wyoming have expanded over the past several years, the need for pro bono services is still great. The current level of funding for civil legal aid meets only a fraction of the need. A study released by the Legal Services Corporation in 2022 found that low-income Americans do not receive any or enough legal help to address 92% of their civil legal problems. The report also found that 74% of low-income households experienced at least one civil legal problem in the past year and 39% of low-income households experienced five or more civil legal issues. There is a large gap in the ability of low-income individuals to access the services of an attorney. Consider the following. According to the most recent census data available, approximately 27.4 percent of Wyoming’s population (about 154,600 individuals) lives at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and qualifies for free legal assistance. These statistics tell the story of why there are a growing number of pro se litigants in our courtrooms today.SIGN UP NOW!
Once you are signed up, take advantage of the resources for pro bono attorneys provided by the Equal Justice Wyoming. Visit the Pro Bono Portal (password accessible) and get general reference materials useful for any case as well as substantive law resources arranged by topic for the areas of law that most commonly affect low-income clients. The site also has a calendar of upcoming free CLEs for pro bono attorneys and will eventually allow access to archived CLE presentations.