Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney
|| The pro
bono program in Erie County is the Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney ( LAVA) program
which is a cooperative effort of NWLS and the Erie County Bar Association (ECBA) .
Administration of the program is done by NWLS through its
Unit. As many as 70% of the private attorneys practicing in Erie County
participate in the LAVA Program. The program was founded in 1982 and has served more
than 6,000 clients since its inception.
Cases handled a variety of civil cases through LAVA
including: Defense of lawsuits, drivers
license suspension, wills, guardianship, denial of
plaintiffs, and others.
- Download our
LAVA Brochure which provides an
extensive overview of the program.
- Each year
the Erie County Bar Association and NWLS recognizes a
pro bono attorney
for their outstanding service and dedication.
See Pro bono
Several Ways To
LAVA attorneys generously donate their time by providing direct
representation to eligible clients. NWLS refers eligible clients to
attorneys with expertise in, or experience with, their particular type
of legal problem. Participating attorneys specify the legal areas in
which they will accept referrals and this information is used when
linking an applicant with an attorney.
Conduct No-Fault Divorce
LAVA Program participants also teach our pro se divorce clinics. The
clinic provides clients with blank forms, sample pleadings and
instruction on filing a pro se no-fault consensual divorce action.
Other Ways to Volunteer:
Attorneys may volunteer as a consultant,
mentor or conduct community presentations.
|| Benefits To Volunteers
||Private client referrals. The Erie County Bar
Association offers to participating LAVA attorneys, private client
referrals through the Lawyer's Referral Service.
Online Tools: Membership in Pennsylvania's on-line legal
resources at www.paprobono.net
website which is designed specifically to assist and
benefit pro bono attorneys.
- Including a large library of useful resources posted by practice
area including training materials, litigation materials, links and
helpful internet resources.
- Calendar of CLE and other Training Events
- Latest Legal News
- Substantive law listservs
NWLS periodically offers CLE and other trainings conducted by
experienced and well established private attorneys.
Secondary malpractice insurance coverage:
NWLS's insurance policy provides secondary coverage for any claims
arising out of an assigned pro bono case.
For more information on the LAVA Program please contact
David A. Baxter, Pro Bono Coordinator at Telephone: (814) 459-0050.
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