Pro Bono Attorneys
The Mississippi Center for Justice relies on a dedicated network of attorneys from a wide range of practice areas to support our legal advocacy work throughout the state. Attorneys who give their time not only improve the lives and living conditions of people in Mississippi, but often find the experience extremely rewarding.
Areas in which we are currently seeking pro bono assistance include:
The Center is working to provide pro bono assistance to individuals facing foreclosure. Attorneys are needed primarily in a negotiating, rather than litigating, capacity. A practitioner’s manual, sample forms and mentors are available.
The Center has a pro bono panel of attorneys that counsels families of children with disabilities on their rights in the public school system. Attorneys also assist students facing disciplinary actions that result in a removal from the classroom, which often leads to a decrease in academic performance and an increase in dropout rates.
Many low-income, particularly minority, homeowners across the state inherited their property through generations without proper transfer of title. Cloudy title laws prevent homeowners from mortgaging the property, obtaining the property’s true value in the case of sale, and obtaining disaster recovery grants. Pro bono attorneys are needed to work with homeowners to draft and file pleadings and estate documents.
The Center has developed a medical-legal partnership to fight HIV/AIDS discrimination in Mississippi. This program helps persons living with HIV/AIDS by addressing discrimination in housing, employment and healthcare matters. The Center seeks pro bono assistance handling these cases, which will run the gamut from relatively minor E.E.O.C. claims to full discrimination litigation. Local counsel can be identified to assist.
These are just a few of the areas where you can help. To learn more about how you or your law firm can get involved, please contact us to share your resources.