Pro Bono Dicta encourages, inspires, and supports King County Bar Association Pro Bono Services’ volunteer community, and by doing so, enhances the level of pro bono services provided to low-income individuals in King County. Pro Bono Dicta was created with the goal of starting a dialogue among KCBA volunteers.
Pro Bono Dicta Highlights:
- Volunteer opportunities
- Training opportunities
- Pro bono resources
- Client, program, and volunteer stories
New to volunteering? Looking to get involved? Check out the available opportunities here.
King County Bar Association (KCBA) first began offering pro bono services to the residents of King County in 1939. Today, the King County Bar Association provides pro bono services in three programs: Family Law, Community Services, and the Housing Justice Project.
There are three types of volunteer opportunities with the Family Law Programs. The Family Law Mentor Program helps low-income residents with contested family law cases where children are at risk. The Self-Help Plus program helps low-income residents in non-contested dissolutions and helps low-income residents create parenting plans. The Kinship Care Solutions Program provides legal representation for low-income relatives and other caregivers seeking nonparental custody.
Neighborhood Legal Clinics and Volunteer Legal Services are housed under the Community Services Program. Neighborhood Legal Clinics offers individuals a 30 minute consultation with an attorney free of charge. Attorneys determine whether the client has a legal problem, suggest possible options, and provide appropriate referrals. Volunteer Legal Services offers eligible clients direct representation with the following civil legal issues:
- Chapter 7 bankruptcy
- Vacating criminal records
- SSI/SSDI overpayments
- Estate planning
- Debt defense
Housing Justice Project:
The Housing Justice Project (HJP) provides free legal help to eligible low-income tenants facing eviction in King County. HJP clinics operate Monday – Friday 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the mornings at the Seattle King County Courthouse and the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent. HJP also operates an evening clinic Mondays from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Seattle King County Courthouse.