The Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee has a legal advice clinic where volunteer attorneys provide free legal appointments in civil and family cases.
The committee also offers assistance in real estate matters, and there is a separate program where lawyers provide services for veterans. People needing assistance who don’t have attorneys should contact Pro Bono Coordinator Angela Wille at the Madison County Courthouse at (618) 296-5921 or at email@example.com.
“The attorneys who volunteer their time in these programs as a public service are incredible,” said Judge Barb Crowder, Chair of the Pro Bono Committee. “Their commitment to helping people with low incomes and those who are veterans makes it possible for individuals who need help with court to better understand the legal system.”
The attorneys who volunteered to see appointments in the first three months of 2016 are Amy Meyer, Bonnie Levo, Brenda Baum, Carol Cagle, Casper Nighohossian, Christine Kovach, Dustin Maguire, Elizabeth Levy, Ellen Burford, Eric Rosser, Gale Stipes, Ian Murphy, Janel Freeman, Joe Whyte, Kelly Stephan, Kristen Strieker, Lauren Gearhart, Leonard Berg, Nathaniel Carroll, Phil Steinman, Ron Williams, Shari Murphy, Stephanie Galetti and Terry O’Leary.
The committee wants to remind the public there are three programs. All programs are handled through the pro bono coordinator and self-help center in the Madison County Law Library. Low-income individuals who don’t have attorneys can make a 30-minute appointment on any civil matter such as landlord-tenant, collections cases, small claims, divorce and child support or other subjects for the second or fourth Tuesday of each month. Low-income individuals who have real estate deed or other problems can make an appointment to speak with Recorder of Deeds Amy Meyer in the Madison County Law Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Veterans who don’t have attorneys but have legal issues may be able to be matched with an attorney volunteer.
Qualifying information may need to be provided. Anyone who needs legal assistance or who wants to volunteer to help should contact Angela Wille at (618) 296-5921 or email her with their needs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Veterans are asked to specifically identify themselves.