Volunteer Lawyers Projects


Attorneys throughout the state help provide equal access to justice through the Iowa Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project and the Pro Bono Project of HELP Legal Assistance and the Scott and Clinton County Bar Associations. These projects involve over 2,900 volunteer attorneys serving an average of 2,000 low-income Iowans each year. The value of pro bono services from the private bar averages $2 million each year.

Clients who receive help from a volunteer lawyer must first contact Iowa Legal Aid to apply for services. Cases are referred by Iowa Legal Aid to the volunteer lawyers projects listed above. is a free website for attorneys and is maintained by Iowa Legal Aid. Members of the Civil Law Practice Area can access a wide range of resources on poverty law issues.