Volunteer Lawyers Project

The Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (“Polk County VLP”) one of the most successful programs in the country. Polk County lawyers donate more than 5,000 hours of their time annually to ensure that every client with legal needs can access the justice system.

The VLP is the primary conduit for thousands of pro bono clients in Polk County.  The VLP does not operate under statutory or policy-based limitations regarding citizenship, alienage, or marital dissolution numbers. Therefore, for many clients, the Polk County VLP is their best and sometimes their only option for legal representation.  The VLP staff screen requests for assistance and match the needs of clients with the attorneys who can provide assistance. They also coordinate monthly legal clinic programs to match attorneys with clients.

The time you donate is essential. So are your dollars. As you can imagine, the requests for service have continued to increase due to difficult economic times.  The VLP is funded through two primary sources – donations from the bar and grant funding from the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (“IOLTA”) program. Your donations are more important than ever to the continued work of the VLP this year because IOLTA funding has been significantly reduced because of lower interest rates and decreased remittances.

The Polk County VLP program is a tax-exempt charitable organization, which means that any donation you make is tax deductible. Remember that you can designate the Polk County VLP as the recipient of your United Way donation or you can make a donation directly to:

Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project
625 East Court Ave., Suite 100
Des Moines, IA  50309-2007

If you have questions about volunteering or about making donations, please do not hesitate to contact our Program Director, Carol Burdette, at 515-243-3904 or cburdette@pcbaonline.org.