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History & Services

The Law Clinic was founded in 1993 by the Cascade County Bar Association and an 8th Judicial District Court Judge in response to drastic cuts in federal funding for those with low-income. Our mission is to provide direct legal representation to Montana’s low-income persons and families by coordinating and facilitating the volunteer legal services of private attorneys. The Law Clinic serves those who would otherwise be unable to afford legal assistance. Services are provided to individuals at or below 125 percent of poverty in in matters of Family Law and Landlord/Tenant Law.


The Law Clinic recruits private attorneys to represent low-income clients on a pro bono basis in family law matters including dissolution of marriage, parenting plans, guardianship’s, step-parent adoptions, custody issues, name changes, orders of protection, and occasionally complex landlord tenant issues. The Law Clinic maintains a list of attorneys, utilized on a rotating basis. The Law Clinic staff interviews clients, determines eligibility, gathers information on their need for service, prepares court pleadings for attorney review, facilitate communication and provides paralegal support for pro bono attorneys.