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News Archive 2011

January 2011

LSSM Participates in TU College of Law Mentoring Program Wednesday January 26, 2011

LSSM's Director of Litigation Deanna Scott serves as a mentor in the University of Tulsa College of Law Mentoring Program which provides an opportunity for law students to learn and experience poverty law.   To read th… » Read More

SMBA Honors Executive Director Douglas B. Kays Wednesday January 26, 2011

During the January 21, 2011, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association (SMBA) Installation Banquet, LSSM's Executive Director Douglas B. Kays was presented the annual "President's Award."  SMBA President Brian Hamburg h… » Read More

Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day Sunday January 30, 2011


Community Partnership, Legal Services of Southern Missouri and the ATLS Coalition hosted a reception on Friday, January 28, 2011, to recognize EITC Awareness Day and introduce the newest VITA free tax preparation site… » Read More

February 2011

Renewed Interest In Social Justice Friday February 4, 2011

Cheryl Capages shares her insight to practicing law and helping the poor. Ms. Capages recognizes LSSM's Executive Director Douglas B. Kays and the efforts of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association.  To read the f… » Read More

LSSM Partners with Area Agencies to Provide Unbiased Representation to Victims Wednesday February 23, 2011

As a public interest, not-for-profit law firm, Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSSM) can provide unbiased legal representation for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking in the criminal cases ag… » Read More

March 2011

"Parliamentary Pointers" scheduled for April 9, 2011 Monday March 7, 2011

Do you serve on a school board, a non-profit board, church board or city council?  Have you participated in a meeting that didn’t run as smoothly as you’d like?  Or would you just like to learn how to conduct meetings … » Read More

LSSM Opens New Headquarters in Springfield, MO Monday March 21, 2011

Legal Services of Southern Missouri hosted its Open House at its new facility located at Chestnut Expressway and Campbell Avenue in Springfield, MO.  To read the full article visit… » Read More

April 2011

April is Financial Literacy Month Tuesday April 12, 2011


A Great Time to Share Free Resources from the FTC

April is Financial Literacy Month, and the Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s consumer protection agency, has information to help you make the most of your money w… » Read More

Treasury Issues News Rules Covering Directly Deposited Benefits Tuesday April 12, 2011

In spite of long-standing statutory provisions protecting Social Security and other federal benefits from creditors, judgment-creditors routinely get banks to freeze accounts containing exempt funds and regularly satis… » Read More

June 2011

Summer Masterson Helps Joplin Tornado Victims Friday June 17, 2011

Legal Services of Southern Missouri Staff Attorney Summer Masterson recently volunteered to assist individuals and families displaced by the Joplin tornado.  The effort coordinated by The Missouri Bar, provides for Mis… » Read More

July 2011

LSSM's Legal Staff Works With Domestic Violence Cases Daily Thursday July 28, 2011

Springfield, MO) -- A man says his one-year-old girl was safe in his care throughout the night as troopers issued an endangered person advisory. The Missouri Highway Patrol sent out an alert saying the girl was take… » Read More

September 2011

LSSM May Realize Budget Cuts Friday September 2, 2011

(Springfield, MO) -- Congress dropped the budget for the corporation that supports free legal services at more than 100 spots across the country.

Hundreds of low income residents of the Ozarks could get turned away from… » Read More

Jerry Redfern Selected as a "2011 Men of the Year" Honoree Wednesday September 14, 2011

LSSM Board member Jerry Redfern was selected by the Springfield Business Journal as one of the 2011 Men of the Year Honorees.  Mr. Redfern also served as LSSM's Board President from 1998 - 2005. During his tenure as Pr… » Read More

U.S. Census Bureau Poverty Statistics Monday September 26, 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau released its poverty statistics, and the data show that nearly one in five Americans qualifies for civil legal assistance at the legal aid offices funded by the Legal Services Corporation.  To re… » Read More