The Nebraska State Bar Associationâ€™s Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) was created to provide legal assistance to persons who cannot afford to hire an attorney, nor can they receive assistance through the federally legal service program in the state (Legal Aid of Nebraska).
To apply for services you will first need to contact Legal Aid of Nebraska at 1-877-250-2016 or make an application on their website www.legalaidofNebraska.com. If your case is not accepted by Legal Aid of Nebraska you may be eligible to receive assistance from the Volunteer Lawyers Project.
Self Help Centers
The Self Help Centers can provide guidance to you if you would like to represent yourself. Self Help Centers are located at the following courthouses on the following days:
- Buffalo County- The first Friday of the month, open 10-2
- Douglas County- Opened Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10-2
- Hall County-Fridays 10-2
- Lancaster County- Open Monday 10-2, and Thursday 9-1
- Madison County- The third Friday of the month, open 10-2.
If the staff at the Self Help Center determines that it is not advisable that you represent yourself, the staff may provide you with an application to complete requesting that your case be placed with a volunteer attorney. Or, if you do not reside in one of these counties or cannot get to them easily, you can ask a local attorney to refer you to VLP. They can do this by contacting Jean McNeil at (800) 927-0117 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VLP cannot guarantee assistance. We rely on the generosity of volunteer attorneys across the state.