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Metro East lawyers volunteer to help self-represented litigants

The 3rd Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee says volunteer lawyers provided appointments for 26 members of the public who have limited incomes and did not have an attorneys during the past year’s fourth quarter.

scalesofjusticelogo“The court system is sometimes confusing for people who represent themselves,” said Chief Judge David Hylla. “The attorneys who volunteer to give legal information to the public help each person better understand the law and how court operates. They should be recognized and thanked for their generosity,” he added.

The Metro East area attorneys who provided the free legal appointments are:

Bonnie Levo, Brenda Baum, Christine Kovach, Christopher Threlkeld, Derek Filcoff, Gale Stipes, Gina Verticchio, Jared Giuffre, John Raffaelle, Julie Tracy, Katherine Smith, M. Joseph Hill, Mary Beth Williams, Missy Greathouse, Robert Bas, Ron Williams, Susan Jensen, Tanja Cook, Terrence O’Leary, and Zachary Pashea.

In addition, the Self-Help center is located in the lower level of the courthouse. It provides information to all members of the public and limited assistance with locating forms for those who are self-represented. It is open on days the court is in session from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. That assistance is in addition to the volunteer attorney appointments and is open to anyone. The courthouse self-help center assists between 900 and 1,100 people each month.

Appointments are available on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the law library in the lower level of the courthouse at 155 N. Main Street in Edwardsville. The appointments are available for people of limited incomes who do not have attorneys and are for civil legal issues (such as small claims, family law issues, landland-tenant disputes) and cannot be for criminal cases. Verification of income may be required.

To schedule an appointment, contact Lauren Jansen at (618) 296-4472 or email at

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