Lawyer in the School

About the Project

The Lawyer in the School program (LIS) offers on-site free legal help from Legal Aid attorneys as well as pro bono volunteer attorneys to student families in Cabell, Kanawha, Marion, McDowell, Preston, Taylor and Wayne counties. Their free walk-in legal clinics are designed to remove barriers to legal assistance by meeting families where they feel safe, comfortable, and familiar.

LIS stabilizes the lives of vulnerable children and their families by helping resolve issues like eviction, disrupted income, and legal custody for caregivers, such as relatives who are caring for children. Through its work, the program seeks to stabilize families and improve educational outcomes.

LIS began at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary in Charleston, WV, in 2018. The school’s success with the project model led to expansion in multiple schools and counties across the state and assists more than 500 families each year.

Clinic Services

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lawyer in the School is currently serving students and families remotely. You may contact staff serving your county by email or phone for assistance.

Right now, staff can be contacted by phone or email in the following counties: Cabell, Kanawha, Marion, McDowell, Preston, Taylor, and Wayne.

If you have a child or children in Cabell County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 343-3013 ext. 2117
Email: cabellwayne_lis@lawv.net

If you have a child or children in Kanawha County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 343-3013 ext. 2126
Email: Kanawha_lis@lawv.net

If you have a child or children in Marion County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 296-0001 ext. 3123
Email: marion.lis@lawv.net

If you have a child or children in McDowell County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 255-0561  ext. 2233
Email: mcdowell.lis@lawv.net

If you have a child or children in Preston County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 296-0001  ext. 3121
Email: preston.lis@lawv.net

If you have a child or children in Taylor County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 296-0001  ext. 3121
Email: taylor.lis@lawv.net

If you have a child or children in Wayne County schools, contact:
Phone:  (304) 343-3013 ext. 2117
Email: cabellwayne_lis@lawv.net



“The Lawyer in the School program saved our lives.”

Debbie’s ex-husband Charles had abused her during their marriage. Though she got a restraining order, he continued to harass her and her children by breaking into their home and threatening their lives. Out of fear, Debbie kept her kids home from school several days a week. School staff stepped in and suggested the Lawyer in the School clinic for discreet help with their situation.

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“I struggled to care for my granddaughter. ”

Sienna’s second-grade teacher was familiar with her students missing class, but not like Sienna did. She was often absent for weeks at a time before coming back. Her grandmother, Agnes, was taking care of her because her mother struggles with Substance Use Disorder. Sienna’s teacher urged Agnes to visit the Lawyer in the School clinic, where the attorneys quickly realized Agnes’ efforts to help feed her granddaughter were the reason for her inconsistent attendance.

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