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Teton County residents who could use a lawyer’s help with a few quick questions can get it free of charge tomorrow.
The Teton County Access to Justice Center’s open house, held in honor of Pro Bono Week will include the chance to meet with one of the lawyers who volunteers for the program for up to 15 minutes to consult on civil legal matters, said Executive Director Lauren Browne.
The event will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the center’s offices at 185 South Willow Street.
“Pro bono” legal work is offered free of charge, and while it is not required for lawyers to do pro bono work, many attorneys will accept a certain number of such cases per year.
Lawyers working on Access to Justice cases are pro bono volunteers.
The Access to Justice Center provides a range of services designed to assist low-income residents of Teton County in civil cases.
Wednesday’s open house will introduce all comers to the different services offered by the center, including the all-access law reference library, allow attendees to meet lawyers from around Jackson Hole and will include the opportunity for a short consultation with one of the center’s lawyers.
Meetings will be available on a first-come, first-served basis in one of the center’s conference rooms or the main office and will be private, Browne said.
While a full referral for a civil case must meet income and need requirements, there is no application process or fee for one of the short consultations Wednesday.
The Access to Justice Center works with civil cases only. Criminal defendants may apply for the services of a public defender, which is a separate office set up in response to a defendants’ Constitutional right to legal representation.