What is Volunteer Legal?

Volunteer Legal Services Hawaii is the only organization in the state whose sole mission is to serve Hawaii’s low income community through volunteer attorneys. Volunteer Legal’s pool of pro bono attorneys provide legal services in a wide range of civil matters, including divorces, paternities, custodies, child support, guardianships, adoptions, powers of attorney, wills, healthcare directives, landlord-tenant cases, collections, Chapter 7 bankruptcies, and temporary restraining orders.

Please note we DO NOT handle the following types of cases: worker’s compensation, medical malpractice, personal injury, real estate transactions, criminal cases, employment law cases, including unemployment insurance, or immigration matters.

Do I Qualify for Services?

Volunteer Legal assists individuals and families who meet low-income guidelines and have a legal issue that the organization handles. Applicants for services must call the Intake Line at 528-7046. During the Intake process, our staff will determine your financial eligibility and the nature of your legal problem. They may request that you provide documents confirming your income and assets. If you do qualify for services, the staff will reserve a space at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.


Volunteer Legal now accepts monetary donations through PayPal, which can be easily and securely accessed using the button below:

Donations by check, money order, and/or cash are also appreciated, and may be sent to the following mailing address:

Volunteer Legal Services Hawai’i
545 Queen Street, Suite 100
Honolulu, HI 96813

Multi Media Bar

Basic Estate Planning CLE   Thursday, April 24th

Estate Planning Attorney, Samuel K.L. Suen will cover the basics of Estate Planning, special considerations and best practices when handling a pro bono case.

Ask-a-Lawyer: Leeward Side – Volunteers Needed!

In partnership with Representative Awana and Senator Shimabukuro, Volunteer Legal is hosting an Ask-a-Lawyer event for Leeward residents and we need YOUR help!

2013 Statistical Year in Review


Bench Warrant Recall Training

Save the Date! March 14th - Bench Warrant Recall Training presented by Judge Hayashi

Veterans Benefits Training for Pro Bono Attorneys – March 28th

Many of our veterans are in desperate need of healthcare and other benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and need your help!

2013 Ho’oilina Award Given to The Cades Foundation

Rhonda Griswold accepts the 2013 Ho'oilina Award on behalf of the Cades Foundation.

Donate to Volunteer Legal with the Aloha United Way

Are you participating in your company’s Aloha United Way campaign? Designate Volunteer Legal as the recipient (Organization Code 70170) and our organization will receive 100% of your donation.

Volunteer Legal and Foodland Team Up to Give Aloha

Through the month of September, donate to Volunteer Legal through Foodland’s Give Aloha Program and a portion of your contribution will be matched.

Goodsill’s Michael B. Formby Receives Kahiau Award

Michael B. Formby of Honolulu law firm Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel was the...

Cades Foundation Awards $25,000

The Cades Foundation, the charitable arm of Honolulu law firm Cades Schutte, provided a...