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The Need for Pro Bono

The need for legal services among low- and moderate-income households in Washington is greater than ever. According to the Civil Legal Needs Study commissioned by the Washington Supreme Court, 3 out of 4 low-income people face at least one critical civil legal problem each year. Due to a lack of resources, only 20% of low-income households facing legal crises receive any legal help.
We need you to help fill this justice gap. Make a difference today. Search the pro bono directory for your connection to a service opportunity.

Volunteer Spotlight

Vincent received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in 2007, with a degree in Political Science, and then attended the University of Idaho School of Law, where he served as the President and Founder of the Idaho Black Law Students Association Chapter. After graduation, Vincent returned to Washington State, where he joined the WA State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division, serving as trustee and liaison to the Creditors and Debtors Rights Section. Vincent also serves as the Legal Pipeline Board of the KCBA Diversity Committee, and is the Eastside Representative of the KCBA Outreach Committee. Vincent's volunteer services include volunteering at the WSBA's First Responder Will Clinic, designed to provide free estate-planning advice and documents, such as wills, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives, to first responders who risk their lives every day protecting our local communities. Vincent also devotes time to the Washington State Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to offer Citizenship Day events in 8 Washington cities, providing free assistance with citizenship applications, serves as a conciliator with the Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program and volunteers with the Housing Justice Project at the Kent Regional Justice Program. Most recently, Vincent has signed up with the WSBA's Moderate Means Program, designed to connect moderate-income households with lawyers who offer reduced-fee assistance in the areas of family, housing and consumer law, as well as the WSBA's Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project, which connects Washington lawyers with low- and moderate-income homeowners who face foreclosure. Congratulations, Vincent and thank you for your service!

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As part of our strategic goal to enhance the culture of service, the Washington State Bar Association works closely with the Northwest Justice Project and Pro Bono Net to maintain a comprehensive and statewide directory of Pro Bono opportunities. Developed to link volunteers with organizations who serve clients in need, ProBonoWA.org aims to ensure that every citizen of Washington State has access to legal assistance.

The Pro Bono Opportunities Guide was created through a joint project of The Seattle Area Pro Bono Coordinators, Legal Voice, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, and the Unemployment Law Project. It is currently maintained by the Washington State Bar Association.

Volunteer Spotlight

ProBonoWA is proud to feature volunteers from our network of partners in the Washington State Alliance for Equal Justice. This month we recognize Vincent Humphrey of Bellevue who has volunteered with the WSBA Home Foreclosure Legal Aid Project and Moderate Means Program. For more about Vincent's service, please click here!

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