These St. Louis and state agencies provide either direct legal services or can help you find the assistance you need. Most of them serve low income individuals, community-based nonprofits and/or small businesses. However, if you’re reading this from outside of the States, these wouldn’t be much use to you. If this is you, be sure to check out regulatory compliance services within your region.
Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
LSEM provides free legal assistance for low-income individuals in Eastern Missouri. Some of the areas addressed include: domestic violence/family law, subsidized housing, homelessness, mortgage default and foreclosure, elderly issues, AIDS, health and welfare, immigration (including the G-28 provision), and access for children to appropriate educational services. LSEM also provides legal assistance to qualifying nonprofit organizations and low-income entrepreneurs through its Community Economic Development Program, (314) 534-4200 ext. 1312.
St. Louis Lawyer Search
This is a free online lawyer referral service provided by the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.
American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri
The ACLU works to defend individual rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, including protecting First Amendment and privacy rights.
Arch City Defenders
ACD provides legal services to criminal defendants who do not qualify for the services of other legal aid organizations and otherwise cannot afford private criminal defense representation.
Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry
Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry (CLAM) offers representation for impoverished families who do not have the means to afford an attorney. CLAM handles mostly domestic issues, focusing its work on families in need.
Consumer Credit Counseling
This nonprofit organization helps people with financial problems by offering assistance with budgeting, setting financial priorities, efficiently paying down debt, reducing financial stress and achieving financial stability.
GatewayVMS Pro Bono Patent Program
The “American Invents Act” empowers the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to establish pro bono patent programs to assist financially under-resourced independent inventors and small businesses. Gateway Venture Mentoring Service (GVMS) is the regional (Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska) program administrator.
Great Rivers Environmental Law Center
Great Rivers focuses on environmental litigation and consultation.
The Immigration Project
The Immigration Project serves indigent and disadvantaged people in southern Illinois with family reunification matters and other issues, such as discrimination in the workplace and landlord-tenant difficulties.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation
Alton (618) 462-0029
East St. Louis (618) 398-0958
Serving Illinois, this agency provides free civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income persons and senior citizens.
The Missouri Attorney General’s helpful site outlines the obligations of landlords and tenants.
Legal Advocates for Abused Women
LAAW helps victims of abuse during times of crisis, working within the legal system, law enforcement, and courts.
Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council
EHOC works to end illegal housing discrimination and ensure equal access to housing for all people through education, counseling, investigation and enforcement.
Migrant and Immigrant Community Action Project
MICA provides low-income immigrants with legal representation, social services and community development to help overcome the barriers that prevent full participation in American society.
Missouri Bar LawyerSearch
This database includes Missouri lawyers who have indicated that they are accepting new clients. You can search various areas of the law and by location.
Missouri Commission on Human Rights
MCHR enforces the Missouri Human Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations due to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, handicap, age and familial status.
Missouri State Public Defender
St. Louis City (314) 340-7625
Clayton (314) 615-4778
St. Charles (636) 949-7300
The Missouri State Public Defender System provides advocacy for indigent people who are accused of crimes in Missouri.
PROMO is an advocate for civil rights, focusing on equality under the law for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
St. Louis University School of Law Community and Economic Development Clinic
This clinic provides direct representation to entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofit organizations and real estate developers unable to pay for market-rate services.
Washington University School of Law Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property Clinic
Intellectual Property (314) 935-7960
Entrepreneurship (314) 935-8815
The clinic provides advice to clients on a full spectrum of intellectual property and nonprofit law issues.
“We’re proud that so many lawyers in our region take our profession’s tradition of pro bono service seriously and that legal services are available to those in need.”
Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis