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Volunteer Legal Experts

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StateOrganization
AKAlaska Legal Services Corporation
ALLegal Services Alabama
ARCenter for Arkansas Legal Services
AZInnovation for Justice Program, University of Arizona James E Rogers College of Law
CAInner City Law Center
CAContra Costa Senior Legal Services
CASan Luis Obispo Legal Assistance Foundation
CALegal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
COColorado Legal Services
DCNeighborhood Legal Services Program of DC
DECommunity Legal Aid Society, Inc.
FLFlorida Rural Legal Services
GAGeorgia Legal Services
HILegal Aid Society of Hawaii
IAIowa Legal Aid
ILShriver Center on Poverty Law
ILLegal Aid Chicago
ILNorthwestern University Bluhm Legal Clinic
INIndiana Legal Services
KSKansas Legal Services
KYLegal Aid Society in Kentucky
LAAcadiana Legal Service Corporation
MAMassachusetts Law Reform Institute
MALegal Services Center of Harvard Law School
MEPine Tree Legal Assistance
MIMichigan Legal Help Program
MNMid-Minnesota Legal Aid
MNHOME Line
MOLegal Services of Eastern Missouri
MSMS Center for Legal Services Corporation
MTMontana Legal Services Association
NCNorth Carolina Bar Foundation
NDLegal Services of North Dakota
NELegal Aid of Nebraska
NHThe Legal Advice and Referral Center of New Hampshire
NJLegal Services of New Jersey
NMNew Mexico Legal Aid
NVNevada Legal Services
NYLegal Aid Society of Rochester, NY
NYLegal Services of Central New York
OHOhio Legal Help
OKLegal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc.
OROregon Law Center
PANeighborhood Legal Services of Pennsylvania
PANorth Penn Legal Services
SCSouth Carolina Legal Services
TNLegal Aid Society of Middle TN & the Cumberlands
TXAccess Justice Houston
TXLone Star Legal Aid
TXSouth Texas College of Law Houston
TXTexas RioGrande Legal Aid
UTUtah Legal Services
VAVirginia Poverty Law Center
VACentral Virginia Legal Aid Society
VTLegal Services Vermont
WANorthwest Justice Project
WILegal Action Wisconsin
WVLegal Aid of West Virginia
WYLegal Aid of Wyoming