December 08, 2020 Rapid Response

ABA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association Partner for Free Legal Answers

The country and the legal profession have been forced to adapt to the new realities of life and practice in the environment created by COVID-19. Pro bono programs have quickly pivoted to develop remote service delivery models to serve clients in need while in-person consultations are not feasible.

The ABA's Free Legal Answers platform, which operated at the state level before the pandemic, is a virtual legal clinic that allows users to post civil legal questions online and receive answers from volunteer lawyers with relevant expertise. The program is now expanding to include a Federal Free Legal Answers option, so that qualified lawyers can answer immigration and veterans law questions for users anywhere in the country.

The ABA has partnered with AILA on this exciting new remote pro bono opportunity. This free webinar offers an overview of the FLA program, the benefits and protections for AILA volunteers (including flexibility in scheduling and choosing questions to answer; limited scope representation not requiring ongoing commitment to a case; anonymity; malpractice coverage and CLE credit in some states) and guides prospective AILA volunteers through the logistics of the registration process. The intersection with the veteran’s law site and AILA's Military Assistance Project (MAP) is also addressed.

Panelists

  • Rachael Derham, Staff Attorney - Military Pro Bono Coordinator, ABA Military Pro Bono Project
  • Jocelyn Dyer,  Senior Pro Bono Counsel, AILA Immigration Justice Campaign
  • Karen Grisez,  Administrator, FLA Site
  • Mary C. Meixner, Chief Counsel, ABA Standing Committee on Legal Assistance to Military Personnel

Moderator

  • Jennie Kneedler,  Director of Policy and Pro Bono, ABA Commission on Immigration

Joint Sponsor: ABA Commission on Immigration

Co-Sponsor: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Resources

Presentation: ABA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association Partner for Free Legal Answers

ABA Free Legal Answers Flyer

ABA Federal Flyer

ABA Federal

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Accreditation & Discipline

CLE Training and VA Accreditation for Attorneys

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