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Missouri Bar joins national effort to address “justice gap”

The Missouri Bar has agreed to participate in a nationwide effort designed to help close the gap between low-income individuals with legal needs and the level of assistance available to them.

During a meeting in November 2015, the Missouri Bar Board of Governors approved participation in an initiative of the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono & Public Service Committee to build and maintain a 50-state interactive pro bono website. Through this resource, low-income people can post legal questions and have those questions answered by volunteer lawyers licensed in the state in which the client resides or in which the legal matter arose.

The structure of the website is modeled after a Tennessee initiative which operates as a virtual clinic for limited scope representation. Once a person agrees to the terms and is determined eligible, the individual may post a question and related facts, and lawyers who have agreed to respond to posted questions may provide answers.

The Missouri Bar is excited to help make this new service available to Missouri citizens. The new Missouri Legal Answers pro bono website will be launched as early as August. Watch for additional information on this initiative at www.mobar.org and www.MissouriLawyersHelp.org.

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