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Nebraska Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

According to the Nebraska Supreme Court Rules 3-506.1 - Voluntary pro bono service, a lawyer should aspire to render pro bono legal services. In fulfilling this responsibility, the lawyer should provide a substantial majority of the legal services without fee or expectation of fee to persons of limited means or charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means.

Nebraska Pro Bono Summary: The Volunteer Lawyers Project is a statewide volunteer legal services project and referral network founded on the belief that all citizens should have access to the legal system, regardless of ability to pay. Established in 1982 as a project of the Nebraska State Bar Association, VLP seeks to match people who have civil legal problems with attorneys who are willing to provide legal assistance on a pro bono, reduced fee, contingency fee, or full fee basis.

Legal Aid of Nebraska: For almost 40 years, Omaha Legal Aid Society, Legal Services of Southeast Nebraska, and Western Nebraska Legal Services provided free civil legal assistance, resource referral, community development and education to low-income Nebraskans.

Nebraska pro Bono Contacts:

Jessica Wieland
Volunteer Lawyers Project
Staff Attorney, Nebraska State Bar Association
635 South 14th Street, Suite 200
P.O. Box 81809
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

402-475-7091, ext. 127

Pro Bono Awards:

The Robert M. Spire Pro Bono Award recognizes outstanding contributions by volunteer lawyers providing services to the poor. The award is named for Robert M. Spire, founder of the Volunteer Lawyers Project in 1982. The award is given to lawyers whose efforts exemplify the dedication to public service.

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