For the public:

Document Replacement Kit

In the summer of 2011, Pro Bono Initiative students created a Document Replacement Kit to assist disaster victims. The project was a reaction to the devastating tornados that struck Northeast Mississippi and Alabama that spring. The Kit is used by the Mississippi Bar to assist victims of disaster. For its work on this project, the Pro Bono Initiative received the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers’ Project **Award for 2011. (Check title!)

Carol: There is a link to the kit on the PBI website.

Hurricane Katrina Manual

After Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August, 2005, the UM Clinics linked Mississippi students and professors and clinical professor volunteers across the country to develop the Hurricane Katrina Manual. The 100-plus page manual was used by attorney volunteers to assist coast residents with housing, consumer, insurance, FEMA benefits, and many other issues. The Manual is still used by the Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers’ Disaster Relief Committee.

Carol: Should be a link to the manual on the law school website, but I’m not sure what has happened to it! I’m also sending you a link to my file.

Landlord-tenant Education Packet

Pro Bono students developed a training module and materials for high school and community college students, to assist them in avoiding common mistakes made by first-time renters. The module features a prezi and entertaining housing court skit. The program was featured on Mississippi Public Radio.

Download Landlord-tenant Education Packet (pdf)

Carol: Link to short MPR piece??

Veterans’ Benefits brochure

The Elder Law Clinic and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services produced a brochure for Mississippi veterans and their families to explain benefits available to them.

(I have a hard copy)

For attorneys:

Child Support Modification Manual

Pro Bono Initiative students in 2011-12 developed a detailed set of training materials, forms, and instructions for pro bono attorneys assisting low-income clients in child support modification actions. The materials were used for a year-long child support project in collaboration with North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, and are used by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer Project.

Download the manual (pdf)

Guardian ad litem training videos and materials

Clinic professors David Calder and Debbie Bell organized and produced a six-hour set of videos to be used by the Mississippi Bar Child Advocacy Committee to train guardians ad litem. Attorneys trained through the videos agree to serve as a volunteer GAL in at least one case each year.

(will provide link when the new parts are edited in)

Pro Se Assistance Training video

The Pro Bono Initiative produced a one-hour training video for lawyers assisting pro se litigants in PBI and/or Mississippi Volunteer Lawyer Project programs. The video allows MVLP to train volunteer lawyers across the state.

Will provide link