The State Bar offers numerous volunteer opportunities for members to acquire pro bono time and offer free legal services to New Mexico residents. Your participation makes the difference. Contact State Bar Member Services at memberservices@nmbar.org or click the links below for more information.

Law Day Ask-a-Lawyer
Call-in Program      

            
 
     Once a year, New Mexico residents can get their legal questions answered for free on the Saturday closest to Law Day, May 1. Volunteer attorneys staff phone lines and answer questions from around the state on a variety of topics including: employment law, divorce, child support, landlord/tenant issues, personal injury, estate planning, real estate and more. Visit www.nmbar.org/AskALawyer for more information.  


Constitution Day

 

     In the spirit of Constitution Day and to aid in the fulfillment of Public Law 108-447 Sec. 111 Division J - SEC. 111(b), the YLD organizes a public education program that provides participating New Mexico fifth-grade classes with U.S. Constitution booklets to keep and an educational lesson from a New Mexico attorney. Volunteers visit fifth-grade classes around the state and provide a lesson on the U.S. Constitution once a year during the week of Sept. 17. Visit www.nmbar.org/ConstitutionDay for more information.


Homeless Legal Clinics

     The YLD operates homeless legal clinics in Las Cruces and Santa Fe. Volunteer attorneys staff the clinics and provide legal information and advice and refer clients to low income or pro bono legal service programs. Click here for more information.


Legal Resources for the
Elderly Program



     Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (LREP) is a free legal helpline and referral service for New Mexico residents age 55 and older. LREP referrals to panel attorneys are only made after a staff attorney has screened the case and determined that it is appropriate for referral. LREP referrals are made on full-fee, reduced-fee and pro bono basis. LREP handles approximately 5,000 cases each year. Roughly 10% of LREP's cases are referred to private attorneys for further legal assistance. Click here for more information about LREP and to view attorney eligibility information

State Bar General Referral Program


     General Referral Program panel attorneys agree to provide referral clients with a free, 30-minute consultation. Any services rendered after the initial 30 minutes are billed at the attorney's regular hourly rate. The General Referral Program receives over 10,000 calls per year. Click here for more information about the General Referral Program and to view attorney eligibility information.


Wills for Heroes


                                                                     
     The Wills for Heroes program provides free wills, advance healthcare directives and powers of attorney free of charge to first-responders. Volunteer attorneys complete legal documents during the event using an electronic hotdocs software. Events are held throughout the state periodically during the year. Visit www.nmbar.org/WillsForHeroes to learn more about upcoming events.

Veterans Legal Clinic

     On a quarterly basis, the YLD and New Mexico VA Health Care System hosts free civil legal clinics for New Mexico's Veterans. Volunteer attorneys are needed to provide brief legal advice and make referrals to appropriate legal service programs. Click here for upcoming clinic dates and to volunteer.