Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program
The Idaho Volunteer Lawyers Program (IVLP) provides a safety net for low-income individuals and families in Idaho who require civil legal services and cannot afford to pay for them. IVLP recruits attorneys from local communities who volunteer their time and expertise to assist those in need.
IVLP helps in many ways. Whether someone in the community is seeking legal assistance or an attorney would like to give back to the community, IVLP connects people!
Statewide Legal Clinics
Participants of a legal clinic are given the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a pro bono (free) attorney, who assist with legal direction on their issue and give appropriate referrals to help resolve the legal matter. IVLP collaborates with community senior centers, homeless shelters, Veterans' service providers and other agencies to deploy volunteers who provide advice and consultation in various locations throughout Idaho.
For dates and locations of upcoming legal clinics, select: Statewide Legal Clinics Calendar.
Additionally, the Court Assistance Office holds many legal clinics with volunteer attorneys across Idaho. To find a workshop or clinic specific to your area, select: CAO Legal Clinics.
What Participants are Saying
One man who met with a volunteer at a clinic reported, "I am just so appreciative that a lawyer took the time today and listened to me. I have had this problem for a while and no one has really listened or been able to help me figure out what to do until today. I cannot afford to hire anyone and this problem has kept me from being able to move on."
IVLP recruited a volunteer attorney to represent a mother in a modification of her divorce decree because the ex-husband’s drinking had been causing serious problems for the family. The children were very upset by their father’s behavior and abuse of their mother. The mother said, “He (the volunteer attorney) made my dreams come true.” (She received sole custody of her three children.) “(He) made something possible (a better life for my children) that had become impossible. I really want to thank him and would recommend him to anyone who wants to hire an attorney.”