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Mississippi Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

According to the Mississippi Rules of Professional Conduct RULE 6.1 Voluntary Pro Bono Public Service, each member of the Mississippi Bar, as part of the memberís professional responsibility, should render pro bono legal services to the poor and participate, to the extent possible, in other pro bono service activities that directly relate to the legal needs of the poor.

Mississippi Pro Bono Summary: Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) is a joint venture of the Mississippi Bar Association and Mississippi Legal Services Programs. More than 1,600 Mississippi attorneys volunteer their time and expertise to participate in the Project, and as a result, more than 5,000 low income citizens are assisted by the Project each year. MVLP provides pro bono civil legal services to benefit poor people in Mississippi. MVLP identifies areas of legal need, develop projects to meet these needs, and recruit volunteer lawyers and law firms to provide the needed legal services.

Mississippi Pro Bono Contacts:

Shirley M. Williams, MVLP Executive Director
Jackson, MS 39225-2168
Telephone: 601.960.9577
E-mail: swilliams@msbar.org

Pro Bono Awards:

The Curtis E. Coker Access to Justice Award has annually been presented by the Mississippi Bar to an individual who has provided outstanding pro bono legal services during the previous year. The MAJ Award has annually been presented by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project to an individual who has provided outstanding pro bono legal services during the previous year.

Additional Information Links:

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/mississippi.html