“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” — Proverbs 31: 8-9
The Mission First Legal Aid Office aims to answer God’s call to seek justice and mercy by providing civil legal services and spiritual counsel to underserved residents of Metro Jackson who meet certain income requirements.
Established in 2006, the Mission First Legal Aid Office is a partnership between MC Law and Mission First, a multi-faceted neighborhood outreach ministry. Mission First Legal Aid Office strives to meet the unmet civil legal needs of individuals who otherwise cannot afford legal representation to resolve their legal matter.
With a limited staff, Mission First Legal Aid Office serves more than 1,200 clients every year, relying on more than 200 volunteer lawyers and law school students to see that justice really is for all by working to narrow the gap in access to justice for indigent residents of Hinds, Rankin, and Madison counties.
While the Christian faith is the driving force behind the organization, Mission First Legal Aid Office is non-sectarian and in no way limits its services to any race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, or any other basis other than need.
Primary areas of legal services provided by Mission First Legal Aid Office include:
Government Benefit Programs
Matters not handled by Mission First Legal Aid Office include criminal defense, workers’ compensation, divorce, and personal injury law.
FINANCIAL ELIGIBILITY FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE
The Mission First Legal Aid Office serves residents of metropolitan Jackson, Mississippi, whose household income does not exceed 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Each client must complete a financial eligibility determination form prior to the delivery of legal services.
TO REQUEST LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Potential clients may request legal assistance online by completing our Legal Aid Request Form or by calling us at 601.608.0056 to complete our intake process.
The Mission First Legal Aid Office relies extensively on volunteers to meet the needs of its clients. Volunteer opportunities to become involved exist for law students, lawyers, and administrative and support personnel.
Law students will gain valuable experience and insight into the practice of law. Opportunities at Mission First Legal Aid Office compliment classroom instruction and provide students the chance to interact with clients and local attorneys. Duties include conducting intake interviews, completing intake forms, checking for conflicts, reviewing court documents, scheduling appointments, summarizing legal issues, drafting correspondence, and assisting with research and document preparation.
Attorneys provide direct legal representation, offer advice and counsel, and conduct phone consultations with clients to assess their legal needs. Volunteer attorneys will be provided CLE training on areas such as poverty law and pro bono case management.
Administrative personnel includes paralegals, legal secretaries, and others who assist with client intake, document review, special projects, community legal clinic support, and other administrative duties.
If you would like to volunteer with the Mission First Legal Aid Office, please complete this Volunteer Questionnaire or contact:
Carlyn M. Hicks, Esq.
Director, Mission First Legal Aid Office
To donate to Mission First Legal Aid Office, click here.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” — Micah 6:8