Montgomery Pro Bono Services
The 3rd Annual MVLP Awards Luncheon (2018) was held in downtown Montgomery, Alabama.
Kelly McTear, (MCBF) President, was on hand to welcome the group and begin the program.¹
Shortly after lunch, the presentation of service awards and recognition of special groups commenced, including:
- Gold Medallion Firms
- Medal of the Samaritan
- Pro Bono Leadership Corps (PBLC)
Kristine Jones, founder of The KJ Law Firm, was recognized for pro bono legal services she provided to low income residents in Montgomery County, Alabama.
Kristine was awarded the 2017 Pro Bono Service Certificate of Appreciation by the Montgomery Volunteer Lawyers Program (MVLP).
What Does Pro Bono Mean?
The term pro bono means “for the public good.”
Pro bono is short for the Latin phrase “pro bono publico.”
Pro Bono Assistance
Pro bono services offered by MVLP are available for residents of Montgomery County, Alabama.
Program eligibility is based on income and assets, and inted for low-income households with civil legal matters handled ONLY in Montgomery County.
To apply for MVLP Services, visit their website ».
Attendees and award recipients enjoying the luncheon and awards program² held at Central 129 Coosa, a locally owned restaurant in downtown Montgomery (and the 2018 winner of TripAdvisor’s coveted Certificate of Excellence Award! Link to website »)
Name: 3rd Annual MVLP Awards Luncheon
Date: Friday, October 19, 2018
Organizer: Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Venue: 129 Coosa (Upstairs at Central Restaurant)
Address: 129 Coosa St, Montgomery, AL 36104
ASB Pro Bono Month 2017
Video credit: Alabama State Bar
Published: Oct 3, 2017
ASB President Augusta Dowd on the importance of:
- Volunteer Lawyer Programs
- Access to justice, and
- The Pro Bono Month Celebration
“Hello! I’m Augusta Dowd, president of the Alabama State Bar.
October is Pro Bono Month, the time we celebrate the work of attorneys who provide free legal assistance to those in need.
Alabama has five volunteer lawyer programs throughout the state that work together to provide quality pro bono services to low-income residents. The civil legal aid includes work with:
- Veterans issues
- Child support
- Landlord/tenant, and
- Home ownership
Currently, nearly 25 percent of Alabama State Bar members have enrolled in one of these bar sponsored volunteer programs.
This is one of the highest participation rates in the nation and has contributed to pro bono lawyers in Alabama closing nearly 4,000 cases in 2016, three times the national average.
Pro bono attorneys are the heart of our Bar and epitomize our mission statement, “Lawyers Render Service.” Even with the hard work of our volunteer lawyers there’s still a staggering justice gap that needs to be addressed.
Only 17% of the poor and disadvantaged in Alabama receive free help for a civil legal problem. That means nearly seven hundred twenty-thousand people go without legal assistance each year, making equal access to justice a priority.
It is not only a challenge for the courts, but a challenge for our Bar. Whether you are a solo practitioner or a lawyer at a large firm, there’s a way to contribute and help make justice a reality for all Alabama citizens.
As lawyers, we have unique training and skill sets to help those in need. Please consider joining the Volunteer Lawyers Program in your area. Thank you.”
- ¹ “MVLP” logo belongs to Montgomery County Bar Foundation.
- ² Photo courtesy of MVLP Facebook page, linked here ».