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As members of the legal community, we all know that there are many barriers to equal access to justice. The dominant factor is poverty.

Arkansas Release: This app can be configured and customized for any pro bono organization in any state. The first release, however, was conceptualized in Arkansas and created by "pro bono" developers in Arkansas. No grant money, no contracted money - simply no fee at all, was charged for the development of this game changing app. Learn how to get this app for your state.

Project Need: More than half a million Arkansans live in poverty, leaving them nowhere to turn when legal problems affecting basic human needs arise, such as freedom from domestic violence, access to safe and habitable housing, and protection from financial exploitation.

Providing pro bono services to people of limited means can mean the difference between justice for some and justice for all. The need for pro bono legal services has never been greater. As Arkansas' poverty population grows, so does the need for representation of their interests. About 16% of Arkansas citizens live at or below the poverty level, compared to 12.4% nationwide. In the Delta area, fully 25% of the population lives in poverty. Meanwhile, federal funding for legal-services programs has continued to decrease, while the State of Arkansas provides no appropriation for civil legal services. Combined with the sizable, growing population of needy residents, this lack of resources creates a perfect storm of injustice. Private attorneys can help address these problems by volunteering. You can help make the ideal of justice for all a reality in someone's life today.

How iProBono Can Help: iProBono was developed as a smart phone application based on the successful "Online Pro Bono Case Selection" tool at http://www.arlegalservices.org/CaseSelection where registered Arkansas pro bono attorneys can sort the cases by topic, county, or by other categories. Once the pro bono attorney has reviewed the cases and has chosen one of interest the attorney can accept the case through the application.

Project Development: Two Arkansas web and software development companies have partnered on this project. LogiCurrent, LLC., and Path Designs, Inc., have a combined total of 4 developers, 2 licensed Arkansas Attorneys and decades of professional technical experience. The two attorneys (Stewart Whaley and Vincent Morris) involved in the development and coordination of the iProBono project have volunteered over 500 hours of pro bono service for this pro bono app. Learn more and meet all of the developers here.


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