Volunteer Lawyers Project Direct Case Placement

Attorneys are covered under VLP malpractice insurance on any case they accept pro bono. In addition VLP will provide CLE training for attorneys who volunteer through the program.

Direct Case Placement: The core of the Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) has been matching volunteer attorneys with individuals who need legal assistance on a pro bono or reduced fee basis. VLP will continue to offer direct case placement through its network of pro bono attorneys, but the intake process and referral source has changed. VLP no longer has the staff to operate a separate intake hotline/process. Referrals and intakes will now be received in the following ways:

  1. Referrals from Self Help Centers: Some clients who visit the Self-Help Center have legal issues/situations where staff would advise them to seek legal counsel rather than proceeding as a pro se litigant. In these situations, VLP staff will conduct a client intake, check conflicts, and work to place the case through VLP’s volunteer network.
  2. Referrals from Domestic Violence Shelters: VLP has had a long standing commitment to serving victims of domestic violence. When the need for legal services arises, domestic violence shelters will contact VLP directly to complete the intake process. In thes situations, VLP staff will check for conflicts, and work to place the case through VLP’s volunteer network.
  3. Referrals from Legal Aid of Nebraska(LAN): VLP will accept 40 referrals a month from LAN. To be accepted by VLP, the referrals must be sent with a completed LAN intake and fall within the VLP priorities..
  4. Referrals from private attorneys where there is not a self-help desk located in their community.

VLP will pay litigation costs for the pro bono cases.