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Washington County Legal Aid Help Desk

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Age Limit18 and up
Description
Legal Aid of Arkansas is a non-profit organization that improves the lives of low-income Arkansans by championing equal access to justice for all.

About the Help Desk: Legal Aid operates a HelpDesk at the Washington County Courthouse every Friday morning from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Student volunteers will staff the HelpDesk with a Legal Aid attorney, assisting consumers by providing legal information and pro se forms and assistance.  

Each of the staff attorneys in the Springdale office rotate to staff the weekly Washington County Help Desk. The Help Desk is located in the law library in the historic courthouse in Fayetteville (with the watchtower). This Help Desk occurs each Friday (except holidays when the courthouse is closed) from 9am to noon.

The Help Desk assists pro se litigants and provides them the tools to represent themselves in court, when they are unable to afford to hire private counsel and Legal Aid of Arkansas doesn't have the resources to take their case for representation for extended services.

What you will do: We are looking for interested law students to assist the lawyer each week. We draft pleadings for the pro se litigant, we advise them on how to represent themselves at a hearing, we draft correspondence, and we conduct any necessary research. Students can assist the attorney in any of these areas. Topics vary from domestic violence including orders of protection, family law including divorce, custody, child support, guardianships and emancipations, consumer law including garnishments and petitions to seal, economic justice including social security disability and food stamps, housing including criminal and civil evictions and small estate administration, and traffic tickets.

Eligibility: No training is necessary. The lawyer will always be present and you will work closely with the lawyer. 
Bilingual students are encouraged to apply. 

To apply: Contact eking@arlegalaid.org to sign up for this opportunity. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! We look forward to working with you.

Pro bono credit: This is an approved pro bono opportunity. In order to receive recognition for your pro bono work from the Law School, you must record your hours in GivePulse. Information about the Pro Bono program is available here: https://law.uark.edu/service-outreach/probono/index.php. Contact Professor Smith (abs006@uark.edu) if you have any questions.
Requirement Details
We are looking for law students attending the University of Arkansas Fayetteville School of Law. First, second and third year students are accepted. You do not have to be Rule 15 to sign up. A laptop is recommended, but not required.
PerksThis is a great way to build your resume with practical legal experience. You are also doing pro bono, which gives you the satisfaction of helping your community. There is an immediate return on your investment with this event!
Parking Detailsfree parking is available on the parking desk located at the front of the courthouse
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Location: Courthouse on corner of College and Dickson, 280 N. College Ave., 5th floor law library, Fayetteville, AR 72701