There are many people in our communities who cannot afford legal representation. Here in Madison County, we are so fortunate to have the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program to meet the needs of that population.
The MCVLP has a two-pronged mission:
- Promote equal justice through the delivery of pro bono legal services and
- Promote volunteerism among attorneys.
The MCVLP strives to meet the first prong of its mission by offering a variety of services to clients who meet certain criteria. The MCVLP accepts clients who have cases pending in Madison County Court, or who are residents of Madison County. The clients generally have a household income of no greater than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines. The MCVLP does not accept criminal cases, traffic court issues, or fee-generating cases. Some examples of cases it does accept are divorce, bankruptcy, consumer, small claims, and guardianships, to name a few. The MCVLP holds clinics and has a variety of projects going on to connect clients with an attorney for either representation or advice.
The MCVLP does a lot to meet the second prong of its mission, promoting volunteerism among attorneys. The organization holds training sessions for attorneys, hosts continuing education opportunities, and sends out a monthly newsletter with volunteer opportunities. There is also a large yearly fundraiser, Pro Bono Brews, which is always a fun event for the community!
I personally have been involved with the MCVLP since I graduated from law school. I have helped multiple people get a much needed divorce, assisted first responders with their estate planning, and volunteered at fundraising events, to name a few. The clients I have gained from this organization have always been so grateful for the services they receive, and I am so grateful to be a part of their story. The MCVLP is really such an asset for the legal community as well as the community at large.
If you need to contact the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program for assistance or to volunteer, they can be reached at 256-539-2275.
Kathryn Davis is an attorney at the Bond & Botes Law Offices in Huntsville and Decatur, Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Auburn University, and a Juris Doctorate from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law. She is passionate about utilizing the bankruptcy process to help clients navigate through what is usually some of the lowest points in their lives. Read her full bio here.