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South Dakota Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

The general understanding of pro bono is that a lawyer is volunteering his time and effort without compensation, or without expectation of compensation.

South Dakota Pro Bono Summary: South Dakota's two main pro bono programs operate in Sioux Falls and Rapid City in connection with the regional bar associations. In addition, the University of South Dakota recently created a pro bono project called the R.D. Hurd Volunteer Law Society. Volunteer law students come to the East River Legal Services offices twice a month and participate in cases with supervision. The project is jointly sponsored by the 2nd Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono Program, East River Legal Services Corporation, and the University of South Dakota Law School. The State Bar of South Dakota has a Civil Legal Aid Committee which develops policy for pro bono and legal services.

East River Legal Services (ERLS) is a private, non-profit corporation that provides free legal assistance to low income persons in 33 counties in eastern South Dakota. East River Legal Services provides representation to eligible clients in the following areas:

  1. Protection for families
  2. Preservation of home.
  3. Maintaining economic stability
  4. Safety, stability & health
  5. Special vulnerabilities

The applicants can apply for services by calling 605-336-9230 in Minnehaha County. Applicants outside Minnehaha County can call 800-952-3015. Applications for services are taken by phone on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

South Dakota Pro Bono Contacts:

Doug Cummings
Executive Director
335 North Main Avenue, Suite 300
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57102
Tel: 605 - 336 9230

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