Arizona Free Legal Answers (FLA): Volunteer Opportunity for Lawyers
By: Hailey King, Legal Intern, VLP
SALA’s volunteer lawyers have helped thousands of people over their time at SALA/VLP. Now, there is a new, easy way to use your knowledge to help those in need. VLP wants to offer this opportunity to you to participate in this new, national program.
What is FLA?
The American Bar Association has created a program called Free Legal Answers (FLA). FLA is a nationwide, virtual, legal advice clinic powered by volunteer attorneys, law firms, and organizations across more than 35 states.
How does it work?
Eligible users submit a limited number of questions to be answered by volunteer attorneys. The attorney will then select a question to be answered and submit an anonymous response to the user while tracking their time spent researching and answering the user’s question. After answering the question, the attorney will log their time spent into the ABA’S system for Pro Bono credit.
How do I sign up?
- Visit: AZ.FreeLegalAnswers.org
- Click on “Volunteer Registration” in the top menu bar
- Review and click “I Agree” to the Attorney Use Agreement
- Create an account with your information, log in, and password
- Site administrator will approve attorney account
- Log in and start answering questions!
- Volunteer attorneys must be licensed in Arizona and in good standing.
- Your name will not be visible to clients. These are completely anonymous questions and answers. Your name will appear as, for example, “Volunteer Attorney 65.”
- All questions are civil legal issues and sorted by category. There are no criminal law questions.
- Lawyers providing brief advice and counsel via AZ Free Legal Answers will be covered by the ABA’s professional liability insurance for volunteers.
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