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About us

East River Legal Services

is a private, non-profit corporation that provides FREE legal assistance to low income persons in 33 counties in eastern South Dakota. ERLS was established in 1977, for the past forty (40) years it has committed itself to being a leader in providing high-quality, meaningful legal assistance focused on transforming the lives of its clients and its community. East River's clients are made up of the more than 14% of South Dakotans living in poverty. For these people, justice is not an abstract concept, but reality. It is food, shelter, and protection. It is the difference between staying in poverty and getting out; living in danger or in safety; between dependence and self-reliance.

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Who we serve

We do not handle:

  • Criminal
  • Immigration
  • Personal injury
  • Malpractice
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Traffic violations
  • Probate
Counties Served

To qualify for services at ERLS you must be a resident of one of the South Dakota counties: Minnehaha, Lincoln, Brown, Brookings, Codington, Yankton, Davison, Beadle, Union, Clay, Lake, Turner, Hutchinson, Bon Homme, Moody, Spink, Hamlin, McCook, Day, Kingsbury, Marshall, Deuel, Edmunds, Clark, Hanson, Hand, Douglas, Aurora, McPherson, Sanborn, Faulk, Miner, and Jerauld. shown on the map in green.

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