COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND REFERRALS
In addition to counsel and advice, Law Line provides information, workshops, training, and referrals for low income Vermonters. Where possible, we try to connect a client with a full service attorney through the Vermont Volunteer Lawyers Project, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, Vermont Legal Aid, or Disability Rights Vermont.
Law Line believes that people are often best helped when given the support, assistance and information they need to help themselves. In other words, people can get power in their lives by learning how to handle some legal problems on their own.
Law Line attorneys and paralegals help people represent themselves by learning the facts, explaining the law, helping with paperwork, and discussing the best strategies for winning. We help people with many different legal problems including family matters, housing, health care, disability, employment, and consumer law.
One phone call is often not enough, so Law Line attorneys and paralegals are available for follow-up calls and help prepare court papers and other documents for clients to use.
ACCESS TO JUSTICE
Law Line believes that the legal system must be open to everyone whether or not they have lawyers. We are concerned about barriers to justice such as high court fees, inaccessibility, lack of good, clear information, "legalese," and any other problems people encounter when trying to exercise their right to be heard. Law Line works with clients to narrow the gap between the promise of justice and the difficult reality of achieving it.
Each year, we set priorities. They help us decide how we will use our resources to help as many Vermonters as possible. We also set strategies and goals that enable us to measure how well we accomplish our priorities.
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New Grant Funds More Legal Services for Vermonters
Legal Services Law Line of Vermont (Law Line) has received a two-year $246,034 Pro Bono Innovation Fund grant from the Legal Services Corporation to organize and manage clinics that focus on housing and debt collection cases in serveral Vermont counties.
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- Sandman Receives Branton Award From Washington Lawyers' Committee
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- LSC President Sandman Appointed to D.C. Access to Justice Commission
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