They provide pro bono legal information and referral services to low-income individuals in need of legal assistance. The MVLC’s mission is to increase access to justice and help ensure legal advice is provided for those in Milwaukee that lack the resources to be able to afford retaining legal counsel.
MVLC offers free, brief legal advice on many civil matters, including family law, landlord-tenant, estate planning, small claims, large claims, and credit-consumer issues. The clinic does not provide ongoing representation, but does offer information on how to retain an attorney, when needed.
The MVLC works with attorneys and volunteer law students to deliver legal information and referral services, providing Marquette University Law School students with the opportunity to serve the community, enhance their classroom learning with practicum activities, and to observe and be mentored by practicing attorneys. Volunteer attorneys and law students work together to counsel clients at the clinics, serving over 5,000 annually. Undergraduate students interested in law and public service also are able to volunteer and assist with administration of cases referred to MLVC.
MLVC has four locations throughout Milwaukee and also has a Mobile Legal Clinic. The Mobile Legal Clinic brings legal services to isolated neighborhoods where it is difficult for residents to otherwise obtain free legal assistance. For more information regarding services, hours, and locations please visit their website.
Putting excellence, faith, service and leadership into practice during law school, Attorney Andrea Jahimiak of Hurtado Zimmerman SC began her work at MVLC as a student volunteer at MVLC and Student Advisory Board Member. Andrea currently continues her work with the MVLC as a volunteer attorney, mentoring law students and advising clients about legal rights and remedies available to them.
MVLC’s public service legal activities are supported largely through private donations. To support the MVLC’s important mission, please visit their website.