Equity Legal Services, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free legal services for low income individuals.

Our Mission

Equity Legal Services, Inc. exists to serve all low-income individuals and families, including communities of color and all marginalized populations who often do not see themselves or their cultures reflected in the services they access when navigating the court system.

Why Equity?

Trust. Value. Respect. Impact.

Research tells us that individuals from culturally diverse communities such as those reflected within St. Clair County, Illinois, e.g. East St. Louis (95.7% African-American) and Fairmont City (16.1% Hispanic), navigate the court system better when provided access to culturally competent legal services.

We believe it is of utmost importance to trust from whom you seek legal assistance and to feel valued when doing so.

Currently in the U.S., the aggregate number of minority attorneys in the U.S. is fifteen percent, with African-Americans comprising just 5%.  The percentage of LGBTQIA attorneys is even smaller at 2.64%.

While we may not be able to change these numbers, we can change our impact.

Maintaining a diverse staff and board of directors, made up of individuals with varied perspectives and wide-ranging expertise, and constantly requiring that we keep abreast of what makes our clients feel valued, means genuine relationships with you and leads to better results.

What We Do

We specialize in empowering our clients in becoming better advocates for themselves as they navigate the court system. Navigating the court system can be a daunting task. We are here to fill in that space and to help coach and guide you.

Our assistance for Pro se litigants includes:

  • consultation and advice concerning available legal options

  • review and interpretation of legal documents

  • possible case law research and legal arguments in support of your case

  • review of written legal documents

In limited instances, we may provide direct representation, depending on the circumstances of your case.

Please contact our office to determine if your case is best suited for direct representation or Pro se consultation and coaching.

How do I apply for services?

Our services are free for anyone who is at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines. You may find this link helpful in approximating where you fall on the guidelines. Our office will also assist you.

Click on our Apply For Services page and complete our intake. Once you complete and submit an intake, a staff member from our office will contact you.

If you are unable to complete an intake online, please call our office at 618-693-9800 or email us at: teamequity@equitylegalservices.org. We will conduct an intake with you over the phone or in person, whichever is most convenient for you.

If you are over 200% of the guidelines, we may still be able to assist you. We have sliding scale fee services that are available. You may apply for services and contact our office for further information.  

Apply for our services today.