Community Services

The Polk County Bar Association is dedicated to serving the legal needs of the citizens of Polk County. One of our most important activities is the PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project, a private bar involvement project that functions in a cooperative effort with legal and social service provides.  The primary objective is to provide civil legal assistance to the indigent of Polk County through case placement with volunteer attorneys.

The program works in the following ways:

  1. Attorneys work in coordination with Iowa Legal Aid and the Drake Legal Clinic to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence who are unable to represent themselves due to special circumstances such as extreme abuse, illiteracy, or language barriers.
  2. Volunteer attorneys conduct new case screenings at local homeless shelters. Clients receive advice regarding civil legal matters and appropriate referrals if additional services are required. Many of the clients served through the homeless
    outreach project cannot be reached through more traditional avenues of service.
  3. The PCBA VLP hosts a monthly multidisciplinary clinic to provide assistance to Hispanic families. Volunteer attorneys paired with certified interpreters conduct interviews and provide legal advice to individuals attending the clinics. Clients with legal issues that cannot be resolved at the clinic are referred to volunteer attorneys for further representation.

There are approximately 40,000 individuals residing in Polk County who met the eligibility guidelines of the project. To qualify, a person must be at or below 125 percent of the federal guidelines and the case venue must be in Polk County. For more information, contact Carol Phillips.

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