The Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project was created “to provide legal assistance to person who cannot afford to hire an attorney, nor can they receive assistance through the federally legal service program in the state.”
The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) was established in early 1980. The VLP relies on attorneys willing to donate the time and skills to the program. The VLP also relies on financial support from the legal community and other contributors.
All attorneys that participate in the program are covered under VLP malpractice insurance on any case they accept pro bono. Attorneys also receive CLE training through the program.
Lawyer referrals and intakes are will now be received in the following ways:
Self Help Centers have served over 3,500 pro se litigants annually.
VLP staffs the Self Help Desks in the courthouses located in the following areas:
In 2014, VLP is working to establish a self-help center in Scotts Bluff County and to formalize a partnership with the Phelps County Bar Association.
Although not a traditional lawyer referral service, the Nebraska State Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project providesan legal assistance to person who cannot afford to hire a regular private attorney, These non-profit public services help create a more fair civil justice system.