The Polk County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project (PCBA VLP) is one of the most successful programs in the nation. Polk County lawyers donate thousands of hours of their time annually to ensure that every client with legal needs can access the justice system.
The PCBA VLP is the primary conduit for thousands of pro bono clients in Polk County. It does not operate under statutory or policy-based limitations regarding citizenship, alienage, or marital dissolution numbers. Therefore, for many clients, the PCBA VLP is their best and sometimes their only option for legal representation. The PCBA VLP staff screen requests for assistance and match the needs of clients with the attorneys who can provide assistance. They also coordinate monthly legal clinic programs to match attorneys with clients.
The time you donate is essential. So are your dollars. As you can imagine, the requests for service have continued to increase due to difficult economic times. The PCBA VLP is funded through two primary sources – donations from the bar and grant funding from the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program. Your donations are more important than ever to the continued work of the PCBA VLP because IOLTA funding has been significantly reduced due to lower interest rates and decreased remittances.
The PCBA VLP program is a tax-exempt charitable organization, which means that any donation you make is tax deductible. Remember that you can designate the PCBA VLP as the recipient of your United Way donation. If you have questions about volunteering or about making donations, please contact Carol Phillips, at 515-243-3904 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
PCBA Volunteer Lawyers Project Board Members
Michael Kuehner, President
Elizabeth Van Arkel
Honorable Heather Lauber