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03/06/2014

Organizations Partner to Increase Legal Services to Wyoming Citizens

CHEYENNE– The Wyoming State Bar today announced that it will partner with the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid on an initiative called “I’ll Do One.” The goal of the initiative is to encourage lawyers licensed in Wyoming to commit to at least one pro bono case.

“While legal aid programs in Wyoming have expanded over the last year, the need for pro bono services is still great. An ABA study estimates that approximately 80% of the legal needs of the poor remain unmet,” said Angie Dorsch, Executive Director of the Wyoming Center for Legal Aid. “There is a large gap in the ability of low-income individuals to access the services of an attorney.”

Dorsch explained that in Wyoming, there is approximately one attorney in private practice for every 250 Wyoming residents. However, there is only one legal aid attorney for every 7,500 poor Wyoming residents. “These statistics tell the story of why there are a growing number of pro se litigants in our courtrooms today,” said Dorsch. Pro se litigants are those who represent themselves in a court of law.

The most direct way attorneys can provide help is by accepting a pro bono case. Legal aid programs throughout the state are always in need of attorneys who are willing to take a case on a pro bono basis. The legal needs of the low-income far exceed the resources available for legal aid organizations alone to meet those needs.

Attorneys are needed in all areas of the state as well as all practice areas. Attorneys can request the areas of law and types of cases they wish to accept.

Attorneys wishing to participate should visit www.wyomingbar.org.

     

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