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About Us

ADVANCING EQUAL ACCESS TO JUSTICE FOR OUR MOST VULNERABLE CITIZENS IN EASTERN SOUTH DAKOTA.

Who we serve East River Legal Services (ERLS) exists to better the lives of the over 46,000 people living in poverty in Eastern South Dakota. We offer free legal services to our communities Veterans, Older Americans (60+), Disabled, Victims of Violence, and all those facing financial insecurity. We are committed to the belief that being poor or at risk does not make you less, that equal access to our courts is an essential part of justice, and equal justice is a universal right. Our Legal Priorities: We will review incoming cases and eligible clients on individual merit. Priority will be

Older Americans

Residents Age 60+ Through an Older American Grant, ERLS provides free legal assistance to Eastern South Dakota residents who are

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Veterans

East River Legal Services prioritizes legal services to veterans and military families. We are proud of our Veterans and proud

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Housing

Many tenants do not know their rights when dealing with landlords or housing court action. Many have to proceed without

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Family

Going through a family legal issue is emotionally stressful for the entire family even in the best of circumstances, let

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Economic Stability

If you or your family member have been denied eligibility for benefits, threatened with the loss of benefits from needs-based

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Our Sponsors/Partners

East River Legal Services provides services to eligible clients through grants and contracts from these agencies and organizations.