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PALS


People living within our community desperately need legal assistance to protect them from abuse.
Did you know that between three and four million women and children are battered each year?
That more than 280 children are reported abused or neglected each day Massachusetts?
That Independence House assisted in 4,528 abuse prevention orders for families in
1997?
That South Shore Women's Center in Plymouth handled 801 similar cases?
That A Safe Place in Nantucket assisted 268 victims of abuse and that Women' SupportServices on Martha's Vineyard helped 420 battered women and their children?
That about 480 children are in foster care in Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket, and Plymouth Counties on any given day?

People living within our community desperately need legal assistance to access shelter and other resources.
Did you know that over 300 people are presently at risk of homelessness throughout Cape Cod?
That on any given night about 50 children are homeless in Plymouth County?
That in Barnstable County more than 70 single individuals stay at the NOAH shelter each night and that the Plymouth Coalition for the Homeless houses more than 40 children and their families every night?
That more than 2000 families receive Aid to Families with Dependent Children in our service area?
That 800 people with AIDS live in our area and have special legal needs?

People living within our community desperately need just a few hours of your professional time.
For less time than it takes to watch a movie each month, you can truly make a difference in the lives of poor people and their children.
You may choose to represent a battered woman in securing long-term safety and economic stability through a divorce or paternity action.
You may choose to draft simple estate planning documents for an HIV-positive parent with minor children.
You may choose to protect a family from sudden homelessness.
Whatever you choose to do, you are choosing to help someone else sleep a little better tonight knowing his or her legal rights are protected.v

Want to feel really good about being a lawyer?
Join PALS.
Legal Services for Cape Cod and Islands, Inc. (LSCCI) is the only agency providing free representation to low-income people with civil legal problems on Cape Cod and the Islands and eastern Plymouth County.

Our Private Attorneys/Legal Services (PALS) Project is designed to coordinate the joint efforts of LSCCI staff and the local bar in ensuring equal access to justice for all. We are proud of our growing panel of devoted private lawyers who spend hours each year on behalf of our clients; we are encouraging more attorneys just like you to discover the deep personal satisfaction of performing pro bono work.

Depending upon your interests, we will refer two pro bono cases to you each year for individual representation in legal areas which interest you at a time which is convenient for you through our Pro Bono Panel. Or, we will schedule you for several legal clinics where you meet with pre-screened clients for thirty-minute sessions of simple advice and counsel through our Law Firm Counseling and AIDS Projects. You may choose to accompany staff to a local homeless shelter or other community facility to meet clients with special needs.

PALS works for everybody.
PALS delivers quality legal assistance to low income families in matters involving probate and family law, housing, benefits, and consumer and elder issues.
PALS gives you intensive practical experience in working with real clients with real problems.
PALS makes you eligible for referrals of fee-generating cases and over-income clients, thus enabling you to expand your practice base.
PALS offers technical support, sample forms and computerized documents as well as mentoring.
PALS lets you return something to your community that really matters.
PALS makes you feel good about being a lawyer.

Isn't that important?
PALS is made possible by a generous grant from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
Legal Services for Cape Cod and Islands, Inc.
Cape and Islands and Administrative Office
460 West Main Street
Hyannis, MA. 02601
(508)775-7020 / 428-8161
1-800-742-4107


Plymouth Area Office
18 Main Street Extension
Plymouth, MA. 02360
(508)746-2777
1-800-585-4933
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