Check Yes! The Utah State Bar encourages Utah attorneys to support civil legal services organizations and provide pro bono representation as part of their professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least 50 hours of pro bono publico legal services per year. Sign up today to become a part of this great tradition! Learn more!
The Utah State Bar Modest Means program was started in 2012 help provide access to legal representation for people whose income is too high to qualify for free legal services, but too low to pay a lawyer’s standard rate. Attorneys are encouraged to sign up for this important community service. Learn more about the Modest Means Program!
The Guardianship Signature Program is endorsed by the Board of District Court Judges and the Bar Commission. This program provides to judges a list of lawyers who have volunteered to represent respondents in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings when the respondents do not have counsel of their own choice. See Utah Code §75-5-303. The representation is for free or on a sliding scale if the client’s income qualifies, or for reasonable and necessary attorney fees if the client’s income is more than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines. To volunteer for the Signature Program, click on the “Check YES!“ hyperlink above and select both the Guardianship Signature Program and the districts where you are willing to accept appointments. For more information, please visit the Utah State Courts website at http://www.utcourts.gov/howto/family/gc/signature/#basic.
The Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division in partnership with the Wills for Heroes Foundation unveils Wills for Heroes, a new statewide program to help police officers, firefighters, and other first responders. Through the program, volunteer attorneys provide wills and other estate planning documents for emergency first responders and their spouses or partners.
America’s quickly-growing senior population faces numerous challenges. Senior citizens are one of our most vulnerable and underrepresented populations, with many seniors living near or below the poverty line. Many seniors face critical economic and healthcare decisions without the ability to hire legal counsel. Serving Our Seniors helps fulfill this need by educating seniors about their estate planning options and providing legal assistance through volunteer actions by Utah attorneys.
This Utah State Bar program works to provide new books to under-served Utah children on the topics of law, government, American history, and civics. Books From Barristers’ goal is to encourage children to read by emphasizing the importance and value of books, guided by these three core concepts:
- The book will be new;
- The book will be given to the child; and
- The child will choose the book from a selection of titles.
Please support this effort by donating today!