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Hub-area attorneys host pro bono celebration at Christian Services

Hattiesburg area attorneys take part in a workshop during a free legal clinic at Christian Services, Inc. Thursday. Hattiesburg area attorneys take part in a workshop during a free legal clinic at Christian Services, Inc. Thursday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hattiesburg-area lawyers are reaching out in a new way to help low-income people who have unresolved legal matters.

Thursday, members of the South Central Mississippi Bar Association and the Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Association hosted a free legal clinic at Christian Services, Inc.

It gave attorneys an opportunity to attend a continuing legal education workshop and the chance to meet one-on-one with clients who are also helped by the staff at Christian Services.

Those clients got assistance with divorce and other family law issues.    

The event was held in recognition of National Pro Bono Week.

"Here at Christian Services, you have a very big need for attorneys who are willing to do some free services," said DeCarlo Hood, president of the Hattiesburg Area Young Lawyers Assn. "So, the idea was, if we want to find people with need who really need it, you go where they are," Hood said.

"We all want to volunteer and give our time and help those in the under-served population, which is a reason that we've organized this event today," said Tracy Bowles, president of the South Central Mississippi Bar Assn. 

Bill Prout, executive director of Christian Services, Inc., says plans are in the works to open a permanent pro bono legal office at Christian Services' headquarters.

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