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Spokane County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program

The majority of our clients are looking for assistance in Family Law. Most of them are assisted through our advice clinics (Family Law, Divorce and Status Conference) which are constructed to act as a self help (pro se) process to guide them throughout their legal issue. These consultations can vary from reviewing paperwork, preparing them for a hearing, reviewing their file to determine their next steps or preparing them for trial. We have strict restrictions on who we consider for direct representation, limiting it to those who have severe disabilities or children who are at risk.
In the area of Consumer Law our program offers assistance with Chapter 7 bankruptcies. All of the clients we provide services to are referred out for direct representation. This is done after the client completes gathering most of the initial information and attends our Bankruptcy Information Clinic and meets with one of our volunteer attorneys. We also provide volunteer attorneys on the summary judgment docket in Superior Court and District Court on Friday mornings. These attorneys review the file and provide limited representation to clients dealing with Consumer Issues.

We provide volunteer attorneys Monday through Thursday at the Unlawful Detainer Docket in Superior Court. Attorneys provide counsel and advice to clients, most of which need help negotiating more time to leave the property. In specific cases where defenses are present, our volunteer attorneys assist the clients at their hearing as long as they meet our financial qualifications.
We assist with various other areas of law depending on the available resources at the time. This could include consultations or taking on clients for direct representation.

  • County of Volunteer Opportunity: Spokane
  • Area of law: Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Family & Juvenile, Housing, Public Utilities, Contracts, Public Benefits, Estate Planning, and Wills
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Law Students, Lawyers, Mentors, Senior Lawyers
  • Need for non-English services: Russian, Spanish, Please check with the program.
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Flexible, Family Law Advice Clinic (Monday afternoons from 1-4pm), Divorce Advice Clinic (2nd and 4th Tuesday evening of each month at 5:15pm until completed), Status Conference Advice Clinics (Thursday mornings at 8:30am until completed- usually by 11:30
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: No
  • Training / supervision comments: Please check with the program regarding training opportunities and potential CLE credit for training.
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Types of projects in need of Pro Bono help: Client counseling (e.g., brief advice), Litigation: Trial/Direct Representation
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: No
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