The 3rd Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee has a Legal Advice Clinic where volunteer attorneys provide free legal appointments in civil and family cases.
The committee also offers assistance in real estate matters, and there is a separate program where lawyers provide services in a variety of areas for veterans. Persons needing assistance who do not have attorneys should contact the Pro Bono Coordinator, Angela Wille, at the Madison County Courthouse at (618) 296-5921 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The attorneys who volunteer their time in these programs as a public service are incredible,” said Circuit Judge Barb Crowder, chair of the Pro Bono Committee. “Their commitment to helping people with low incomes and those who are veterans makes it possible for individuals who need help with court to better understand the legal system.”
Attorneys who volunteered to see appointments during the first quarter of 2016 are:
Amy Meyer, Bonnie Levo, Brenda Baum, Carol Cagle, Casper Nighohossian, Christine Kovach, Dustin Maguire, Elizabeth Levy, Ellen Burford, Eric Rosser, Gale Stipes, Ian Murphy, Janel Freeman, Joe Whyte, Kelly Stephan, Kristen Strieker, Lauren Gearhart, Leonard Berg, Nathaniel Carroll, Phil Steinman, Ron Williams, Shari Murphy, Stephanie Galetti and Terry O’Leary.
The committee wants to remind the public that there are three distinct programs available. All programs are handled through the pro bono coordinator and self-help center in the Madison County Law Library.
Low-income individuals who do not have attorneys may make a 30 minute appointment on any civil matter such as landlord-tenant, collections cases, small claims, divorce and child support or other subjects for the second or fourth Tuesday of each month. Low-income individuals who have real-estate deed or other problems may make an appointment to speak with Recorder of Deeds Amy Meyer in the Madison County Law Library on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. And veterans who do not have attorneys but have legal issues may be able to be matched with an attorney volunteer who will help the veteran with the legal problem.