Free Legal Clinics Each Month in the Northeast Kingdom

Do you need legal advice in the Northeast Kingdom?

Help in Newport

Each month, Vermont Legal Aid attorney Kelli Kazmarski is available in Newport to discuss your legal questions about housing, divorce, custody, debt collection and more. The free legal clinic at the Orleans County Restorative Justice Center is usually held on the first Wednesday of the month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

The Restorative Justice Center is located at 79 Coventry Street in Newport – next to the post office. Call Restorative Justice to make an appointment at 802-487-9327. Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The clinics are a way for people to sit face-to-face and talk with someone about their issues,” Kazmarski says. ”I have had people come in with problems ranging from debt collection to wills, and from family law matters to benefits issues. I think people in the community really enjoy this service.”

Clinics in St. Johnsbury

Kazmarski is also part of a rotating roster of volunteer lawyers who do free legal clinics at the Community Restorative Justice Center at 576 Railroad St., Suite 2, in St. Johnsbury. These are usually held on the first Monday of each month from 6 - 8 p.m. and an appointment is recommended. Call the Community Restorative Justice Center at 802-748-2977. “I really enjoy the clinics,” Kazmarski says.

Also in St. Johnsbury, Vermont Legal Aid attorney Maryellen Griffin holds a one-hour legal clinic to answer questions from tenants about renting issues. These are offered about two times each month at the St. Johnsbury HUB at 438 Railroad St, Suite 2. For the dates and times, visit the St. Johnsbury HUB calendar and look for “Tenant Attorney.”

Griffin says, “Sometimes I’m just chatting informally with people. But I do have access to a room with privacy so if people want to come by and ask me for legal advice about their repair problems or evictions or applications for subsidized housing, I am there. No appointment needed.”

Updated: May 02, 2024