Doing Good - Legal Aid of Arkansas

Rogers, AR - Behind the doors of Legal Aid of Arkansas is a team of attorneys providing free legal services to qualifying Arkansans.

Marshall Prettyman, the Director of Litigation said, "Very few people are capable of handling a matter for themselves in front of a judge."

Marshal Prettyman is the team's director of litigation and can have nearly 80 open cases at any given point.

Just last year, the nonprofit helped nearly 3,000 low-income individuals with all kinds of issues like tenant versus landlord cases where people are facing eviction along with other civil legal matters.

Prettyman mentions, "The people that we have are really at the point they need an attorney."

Mary Goff, a Staff Attorney at Legal Aid of Arkansas explains, "We do family law which mostly include domestic violence matters. We also do administrative law like social security appeals, Medicaid appeals."

A large portion of the people they help are Spanish speaking or Marshallese, something this team takes pride in being able to offer assistance.

"Providing somebody kind of meaningful life changing experience for them motivates me to come back. Every day and do difficult work," said Goff.

For the individuals getting the help, often times the end result means a burden lifted and a possible financial fix.

Goff said, "A lot of times were able to provide them with monetary relief and get them some money back."

While their case load only seems to be growing, and they forced to even turn some away, this legal lineup of attorneys is using their talents and skills to make a meaningful impact.

Prettyman explains, "There's no question that without our help people wouldn't get a successful result."

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