There are a wide variety of ways for attorneys to perform pro bono services: family court, juvenile proceedings, guardianships, guardian ad litem services, representation in criminal matters. The need for such services is great. One area that is generally not on everyone’s list but where there is a substantial need is in the court system itself. With caseloads growing while judicial budgets are being squeezed along with every other government service, the courts are being asked to do more with less. To help keep the system moving, the small claims courts in Vermont have reached out to local attorneys to serve as acting judges. This is a great opportunity for interesting and manageable pro bono work.
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