Pro Bono Opportunities

Legal Services of North Dakota (LSND) provides free legal assistance in civil cases to low-income or elderly people. It is the mission of LSND to protect and enhance the civil legal rights of, and promote systemic change, for North Dakotans living in poverty.

At LSND, we seek to increase the education and participation of the pro bono bar and community members in serving low-income clients. We encourage private attorneys to attend our regular CLE Programs offered in June and December.

Pro Bono Opportunities:

There are several ways in which attorneys in private practice can help LSND’s program address the civil legal needs of low-income people in the state - needs which far exceed LSND’s capacity to meet them.

Individual attorneys can volunteer to work through one of four Legal Services offices across the state. The program will match your substantive interests with the types of cases they refer. Your name will then be placed in a rotating referral list. While the greatest need is for direct representation, especially in housing and family law cases, participation in other cases and in other roles is quite possible. You may choose to assist as co-counsel in a major case, or simply offer consultation or training in your area of expertise.

Law Internships:

LSND summer interns will work side by side with LSND staff in an effort to provide, protect and enhance access to justice. LSND law student interns will be exposed to various areas of poverty law and gain invaluable experience.

LSND summer interns will work side by side with LSND staff in an effort to provide, protect and enhance access to justice. LSND law student interns will be exposed to various areas of poverty law and gain experience through:

  • Interviewing clients seeking advice or assistance
  • Undertaking direct assistance and responsibilities to clients
  • Drafting petitions, motions and other court documents
  • Engaging in investigation and formal discovery
  • Counseling and advising clients
  • Researching case specific legal issues
  • Court appearances

Qualifications:

  • 1st or 2nd year law students

If you are interested in volunteering or would like additional information, please contact our pro bono coordinator:


Willa Rhoads
PO Box 1893
Bismarck, ND 58502
wrhoads@legalassist.org
701-222-2110