As the only two free legal aid organizations in Arkansas, we have developed creative ways to stretch our limited resources. A key strategy has been to implement innovative ways of providing legal services to low-income Arkansans. One critical component used for increasing resources is creating highly collaborative partnerships within the Arkansas justice community. These partnerships have resulted in over a decade of real benefits for all Arkansans. Highlights and descriptions of some of justice projects are listed below. Visit the Pro Bono Portal to see how you can volunteer and get involved.
Housing Rights & Consumer Protection Program
In 2012, the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas formed this program that includes a special team of legal aid attorneys charged with helping low-income Arkansans who are facing foreclosure, landlord and tenant issues, consumer fraud issues, and other housing-related legal problems. Both legal aid organizations had a combined total of 2,859 housing and consumer cases in 2012. We are on track for doubling that number in 2013 … (read more)
Medical-Legal Partnerships in Arkansas
A Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) integrates lawyers as a vital component of the healthcare team. MLPs address social determinants of health and seek to eliminate barriers to healthcare in order to help vulnerable populations meet their basic needs and stay healthy. Legal Aid of Arkansas has been at the forefront of providing direct services through medical-legal partnerships and has created four medical-legal partnerships in Arkansas. These MLPs are at Arkansas Children's Hospital, Clarendon, Mariana, and West Memphis and have helped more than 440 patients … (read more)
Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., Low-Income Tax Clinic
The Legal Aid of Arkansas, Inc., Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) serves Arkansans who have IRS problems and whose income is below a certain level. The clinic focuses on four main services to low-income Arkansans taxpayers, including education about taxpayers' rights and responsibilities, free representation in IRS tax disputes, outreach to low-income Arkansan taxpayers speaking English as a 2nd language, and identification and advocacy for issues that affect low-income taxpayers … (read more)
Justice for Arkansans Project!
Legal Aid of Arkansas' Justice for Arkansans AmeriCorps Project utilizes AmeriCorps members that work on the Legal Aid of Arkansas staff to empower low to moderate income Arkansans and advocate for their legal rights. We invite you to join the social justice movement and become an individual who changes the way poor people access legal services in Arkansas … (read more)
Road to Justice
Legal Aid of Arkansas has led the annual Road to Justice Project since 2011. Legal aid staff, pro bono attorneys, and law students travel across northern Arkansas or the delta to assist low-income Arkansans with legal issues, conducting legal intakes and working side-by-side to assist clients on the spot.
The Road to Justice Program is organized by Legal Aid of Arkansas' AmeriCorps advocates and is funded in part by the Student Bar Association at the University of Arkansas School of Law … (read more)
CLE, Pro Bono Events, and Public Outreach
The Arkansas Legal Services Partnership provides free CLE trainings to pro bono attorneys and community outreach to hundreds of participants each year. One series of CLE trainings is the “Learn and Do” events, which include pro bono attorneys, law students, notaries, and legal aid staff volunteering throughout the state to provide our first responders and senior citizens important end-of-life legal documents (such as simple wills, advance directives, and powers of attorney for health care and financial matters).
In 2012, approximately 105 attorneys from multiple law firms, bar associations, and other organizations prepared more than 410 legal documents for senior citizens and firefighters, police officers, emergency health care workers, military personnel, and their families … (read more)
Legal Aid of Arkansas' Annual Back-2-School Bash
Each year the staff of Legal Aid of Arkansas donate free school supplies for its Annual Back-2-School Bash, which is usually held to support the youth in a small rural delta town. Legal Aid of Arkansas strives to help low-income families in the Arkansas Delta, an area among the most impoverished in the United States. The free school supplies are usually given away in late summer … (read more)