Our Mission

The South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program, Inc. (SAVLP) is a charitable organization dedicated to delivering pro bono publico legal services to low-income citizens in Mobile, Baldwin, Clarke and Washington counties.  Through local volunteer lawyers, the SAVLP provides free legal services in certain civil matters.

SAVLP'S HISTORY

The Mobile Bar Association (MBA) was founded in 1869 and has provided public service to the community on a continuing basis since that time. In 1985, the MBA organized the Pro Bono Program to provide free legal representation to low-income clients in Mobile County. In 2000, the Program’s name was changed to the Mobile Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program (VLP) to be more easily understood by the general public. As the program has become more established and expanded its reach, in 2012 it was decided to change the name again to South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (SAVLP).


During the first two years of its existence, the Program was operated through the office of the MBA Executive Secretary. A separate Pro Bono Office was established in 1989 with a part-time director. Today the SAVLP is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit program and a partner agency of the United Way of Southwest Alabama with a full-time staff of five. The Program has over 885+ lawyers who volunteer their expertise and time to work with low-income clients in certain types of civil cases.


The SAVLP has a very active Board of Directors, which meets monthly. The President of the Board is an ex-officio member of the MBA Executive Board, which oversees the SAVLP. The Board consists of area attorneys, members of the legal community, and community stakeholders.