About Us

Our History

Our history dates back more than 30 years, when socially conscious members of the Delaware State Bar Association decided to offer free services to those who qualify.

DVLS was established in 1981 by the Delaware State Bar Association (DSBA) to fill the void created by severe cutbacks in the federally funded Legal Services Corporation. DVLS has continued to expand the role of the private bar by providing quality, pro bono legal services to indigent Delawareans with meritorious civil legal problems.

DVLS is an organization of volunteer attorneys who assist low income clients with problems in a variety of areas. DVLS also provides a centralized intake service called "The Legal Help Link" this service assures that callers are referred to the appropriate legal services organization, state agency or to a private attorney for assistance.

Faced with an increasing demand for free legal services and rapidly diminishing resources, the DVLS Board of Directors and staff remain committed to providing pro bono civil representation to Delaware citizens who need an attorney but cannot afford one. DVLS assists only financially eligible clients that meet poverty guidelines.