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New project will recruit, support Emeritus attorneys

Thursday, June 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Montana Legal Services Association has established the Second Act Justice Project, a pro bono program designed to recruit and support Emeritus Attorney members of the State Bar of Montana.

Emeritus status might be a good option for attorneys who are thinking of retiring from practice but want to continue to be involved. Emeritus members of the bar do not pay bar dues if they provide 25 hours of pro bono representation each year.

Through the Second Act Justice Project, Emeritus members can provide civil legal aid to low-income Montanans. MLSA offers an extensive variety of limited-scope opportunities, including over-the-phone advice appointments and in-person clinics, as well as opportunities for full representation. For attorneys who would rather not work with clients as much during retirement, MLSA has opportunities for mentorship and developing legal resources for clients, their advocates and other pro bono attorneys. In addition, MLSA accommodates volunteers with administrative support, malpractice coverage, office space for in-person appointments and several free CLE courses throughout the year. Right now, MLSA is looking for attorneys who can provide assistance on public benefits, family law, employment, landlord/tenant issues and wills/estate.

If you’re interested in applying for emeritus status, visit the Emeritus Status page of the Bar’s website and download an application, then mail your application to the State Bar of Montana, P.O. Box 577, Helena, MT 59624. To qualify, you’ll need to have practiced (or had judicial status) for 10 of the past 15 years, and you must be in good standing with the bar. If you have questions about MLSA’s pro bono opportunities or emeritus status, please email MLSA’s Director of Pro Bono Angie Wagenhals at awagenha@mtlsa.org.