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Upcoming: Mississippi’s Free Veterans Legal Clinic

Mississippi’s Free Veterans Legal Clinic
October 24, 2019

Presented by:
Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Justice Outreach Program, the University of Mississippi School of Law Pro Bono Initiative and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services.

The Legal Clinic will provide free legal advice and limited assistance to low-income veterans who reside in North Mississippi and have a need for civil legal assistance in one of the following areas:

•Family law
•Wills and Powers of Attorney
•Consumer protection
•VA disability claims
•Access to VA medical care

When: October 24, 2019from3:00 pm–6:00pm.

Where: National Guard Armory

(attached to the Oxford Convention Center)
100 Ed Perry Boulevard
Oxford, Mississippi 38655

Who: The Legal Clinic can assist low-income veterans. Interested participants can get pre-qualified for the clinic by calling 888-996-0579 and leaving a message. A screener will call the participant back, usually within a day or two, for an intake to see if the participant qualifies to attend the clinic. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the
Veteran Justice Outreach Program:

Courtney Deviney: 901-523-8990 ext. 7166
Pat Hines: 901-523-8990 ext. 6711
Shea Langs: 901-523-8990 ext. 4453

The Earlene Gardner Victims Assistance Program

“Let Your Voice Be Greater Than Any Fear”

North Mississippi Rural Legal Services &
Mississippi Center for Legal Services


The Earlene Gardner Victims Assistance Project (EGVAP) was established in the fall of 2017 through funding from the Office Against Interpersonal Violence at the Mississippi State Department of Health. The EGVAP project was created by both North Mississippi Rural Legal Services and MS Center for Legal Services Cooperation. EGVAP operates out of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services Oxford office and Mississippi Center for Legal Services Cooperation Jackson office. The project consists of a five-member team (3 attor­neys and 2 support persons). The EGVAP serves 52 of the 82 Mississippi counties.

The EGVAP enables the Mississippi Legal Services Programs to address the growing demand for legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The project will provide free legal services to the victims and include: Domestic Abuse Protection Orders. Divorces. Custody. Housing. Victims Compen­sation. and other civil legal matters. There are no in­come requirements to be eligible for services under this project.

The mission of the project is to ensure victims have access to readily available services without any re­strictions. Often times. victims are forced to remain with their abuser because the abuser is their provider of basic needs. The EGVAP in collaboration with Mis­sissippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV). Mississippi Center Against Sexual Assault (MCASA). and other community organizations are working to provide victims a “one stop shop” for services. Our hope is that victims become empowered to speak up and out about their circumstances and take back their lives. We want to remind victims to “Let Your Voice Be Greater Than Any Fear.”

Protection Orders 101
Domestic Abuse Protection Order (DAPO)

A victim who is:

• person, spouse or former spouse
• person currently living as a spouse or formerly lived as a spouse
• person current or former dating partner
• person related by blood or marriage AND currently reside together or formerly resided together
• person with whom you have child(ren) in common

“Abuse “means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts:

• Attempting to cause or intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury or serious bodily injury with or without a deadly weapon;
• Placing, by physical menace or threat, another in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.
• Criminal sexual conduct committed against a minor within the meaning of Section 97-5- 23
• Stalking within the meaning of Section 97-3-107:
• Cyber stalking within the meaning of Section 97-45-15′
• Sexual offenses within the meaning of Section 97-3-65 or 97-3-95.

Earlene Gardner Victims Assistance Program

Oxford Office

Christi McCoy
Project Manager
Post Office Box 767
Oxford, MS 38655

M. Denise Fondren
Staff Attorney
Post Office Box 767
Oxford, MS 38655

Romara Johnson
Support Staff
Post Office Box 767
Oxford, MS 38655
662.243.8731 ext. 2136
Fax: 662.234.2965

Jackson Office

Cydney Archie
Staff Attorney
Post office Box 951
Jackson, MS 39205

Chiquita Brown
Support Staff
Post Office Box 951
Jackson, MS 39805
601.948.64752 ext. 2911
Fax: 601.948.6759


MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Post Office Box 4703
Jackson. MS 39296

MS Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Post Office Box 4172
Jackson. MS 39296

MS Attorney General Office
Bureau of Victim Assistance
550 High Street. Suite 1200 Jackson, MS 39201
For more information about MS Legals Services Programs visit.

Adams Benefits Enrollment Center

What is the Adams Benefits Enrollment Center?

ABEC is a project of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, which is a grantee of the National Council on Aging, to assist individuals 60 years and over, or younger adults with disabilities, who are on or eligible for medicare, low income and have minimal resources.

Why Should I Enroll?

Benefits are available to assist seniors and adults with disabilities to improve their quality of life.

Some assistance that we provide to the individuals are:

–Prescription Drug Cost

–Medical Service




Elder Law Project

The NMRLS Elder Law Project provides services at no charge to elderly Mississippians, age 60 and over, and works in partnership with six area agencies on aging to provide legal assistance to clients in 39 counties in the northern half of the State of Mississippi. Learn more about our Elder Law Project

Highlights: 2015 Elder Law Conference

2015 Elder Law ConferenceThe 2015 Elder Law Conference was held Friday, August 7, 2015, and sponsored by North Mississippi Rural Legal Services and Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging.


  • Golden Triangle Area Agency on Aging
  • North Delta Area Agency on Aging
  • North Central Area Agency on Aging
  • Northeast Mississippi Area Agency on Aging
  • South Delta Area Agency on Aging

Technical assistance was provided for simultaneous webcast and on-line availability of the conference through a partnership with the University of Mississippi School of Law Center for Continuing Legal Education.

Mississippi Tax Payer Assistance Project

The Mississippi Taxpayer Assistance Project (MTAP) is a project of North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS), and provides assistance to low income and English as a Second Language (ESL) taxpayers throughout Mississippi. It provides low income taxpayers with free legal assistance on federal and some state tax matters. Read More

Mississippi Foreclosure Prevention

Bank of America Settlement for Mississippi

On August 20, 2014, the United States Department of Justice, six states and Bank of America reached an agreement to settle claims that Bank of America, Countrywide, Merrill Lynch and First Franklin violated federal and state laws in connection with the packaging, origination, marketing, sale, structuring, arrangement and issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations. Read More

Disaster Relief

Tornado & Wind Damage Information

North Mississippi Rural Legal Services (NMRLS) is available to help residents of north Mississippi with legal issues resulting from your loss related to the recent tornadoes, that have devastated north Mississippi. Read More