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About us

East River Legal Services

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.

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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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