A national riverine community legal center is likely to be in need of attorneys’ services from time to time. For instance, there may be cases where the national riverine community legal center has to take cases to court, on behalf of the members of the communities it works for. If a particular (vulnerable) riverine community is being evicted from land that it lawfully owns, it may be necessary to go to court. Or if an investor upstream is spewing toxic waste, thus harming the riverine communities downstream, it may be necessary to take him to court, to get him to cease acting in that manner. In a nutshell, it is very hard to have an effective riverine community legal center that doesn’t require attorneys’ services from time to time.
Some of the ways in which the national riverine community legal center can get attorneys would include:
- By hiring the attorneys on a full-time basis: this is where, for instance, the center can hire a recently qualified environmental attorney, who would accept a lower paycheck in exchange for experience.
- By giving attorneys work on contract basis (as need arises): this would entail contracting law firms that specialized in environmental matters to be acting on behalf of the riverine community legal center.
- By partnering with the law firms that offer legal services to vulnerable communities on pro bono basis: there are many such firms, and they would only be too happy to offer their help for a worthy cause.
To be sure, attorneys services don’t come cheap. Even a professional working for an entity like CVS Health (whose HR website is myhr.cvs.com) may struggle in affording such services. It may therefore be totally impossible for vulnerable members of riverine communities to afford such services. This means that it is only through organizations like the National Riverine Community legal center that such communities can access the legal services they need. You therefore need to take the responsibility of linking the members of such communities with attorneys very seriously.