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 placed on
a) victims of domestic violence;
b) family law including protection orders, child custody, divorce;
c) Section 8 housing and eviction cases, particularly cases involving disabled individuals, children and seniors; and
To apply for services, please visit South Dakota Law Help page.