Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
400 State Avenue, Suite 1015
Kansas City KS 66101
Kansas Legal Services
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 621-0200
Fax 913- 621-3817
Mission Statement

The mission of Kansas Legal Services is to provide legal advice and/or representation to low-income, disabled, victims of domestic violence, homeless, veterans, senior citizens and other individuals with legal issues who are experiencing barriers to obtaining legal services in civil cases. Many people are unaware that in the U.S. there is no "right" to legal representation in civil cases. Nationally more than 50 percent of those who seek civil legal aid are turned away due to lack of funding. Kansas Legal Services attempts to give every low-income (under 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines) at a minimum legal advice. We would welcome the opportunity to provide full representation to more individuals and families. Kansas Legal Services is also a vehicle for keeping many low-income people from falling permanently into the category of chronically poor. It serves as a conduit by which many low-income people successfully get back on their feet and become self-sustaining. Through our domestic violence programs, we are also able to assist many individuals and families escape the abuse they have been enduring. We also provide legal education to individuals, agencies, and groups.  Kansas Legal Services also provides mediation and employment training services in some areas of the state.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marilyn M. Harp
Board Chair Mr. James Campbell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Campbell Law Offices
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
Wyandotte-Leavenworth Legal Aid
Olathe Legal Services
Volunteer Opportunities
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer

Monetary donations allow us to extend services. Ideally, we would like to be able to provide more full case representations. Unfortunately, we are limited by resources in the number of cases we can take to court. We attempt to give at a minimum advice and/or refer applicants to a self-help resource. Pro Bono (free/without charge) services provided by private attorneys who take cases for us allow us to extend services. Searching for creative ways to assist as many people as possible and at the highest level as possible is a priority for Kansas Legal Services. For example, we received a grant from the Johnson County Bar Foundation to have an attorney at the Johnson County Courthouse two days each week to help people who will not have the benefit of an attorney in court (self-represented litigants). An attorney assists them with documents to file with The Court, explains the process of filing, what to expect in court and what to do if things do not go as expected. We have Medical-Legal Partnerships to allow applicants experiencing both a medical issue and a legal issue, receive legal services so that the legal issue does not exacerbate the medical issue, and vice versa. Monetary donations may be made on our website (www.kansaslegalservices.org), mailed or brought to our office (400 State Avenue, Suite 1015, Kansas City, KS 66101) or by contacting a staff member. Updated computers and other technology are always needed. Office supply donations help extend our budget. Law student and paralegal student interns/volunteers are a welcome resource. We can also use non-legal volunteers for a variety of tasks. 

Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

The mission of Kansas Legal Services is to provide legal advice and/or representation to low-income, disabled, victims of domestic violence, homeless, veterans, senior citizens and other individuals with legal issues who are experiencing barriers to obtaining legal services in civil cases. Many people are unaware that in the U.S. there is no "right" to legal representation in civil cases. Nationally more than 50 percent of those who seek civil legal aid are turned away due to lack of funding. Kansas Legal Services attempts to give every low-income (under 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines) at a minimum legal advice. We would welcome the opportunity to provide full representation to more individuals and families. Kansas Legal Services is also a vehicle for keeping many low-income people from falling permanently into the category of chronically poor. It serves as a conduit by which many low-income people successfully get back on their feet and become self-sustaining. Through our domestic violence programs, we are also able to assist many individuals and families escape the abuse they have been enduring. We also provide legal education to individuals, agencies, and groups.  Kansas Legal Services also provides mediation and employment training services in some areas of the state.

Background Statement

Kansas Legal Services celebrated our 40th Anniversary in 2017. Originally, there were three legal aid offices in Kansas located in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City. Funding was provided through the local Bar Associations and initially each office had only one part-time attorney. The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) was created in the 1960’s. In 1977, the three offices in Kansas merged to into Kansas Legal Services. Until 1981, most of the funding for the offices was provided by the Legal Services Corporation and United Way. After Legal Services Corporation funding was cut by 33 percent in 1981, Kansas Legal Services set upon a course of developing funding sources that would allow for expansion of our client services and allow us to be less dependent on one funding source. By 2008, less than 26 percent of our funding came from the Legal Service Corporation. Kansas Legal Services has offices in 11 communities in Kansas and is a statewide non-profit law firm. We provide legal assistance, mediation and employment training.  Not all services are provided in each service area. Services are provided where funding is available. Some funding is statewide and some is awarded locally.

Impact Statement
One emphasis for Kansas Legal Services is assisting victims of domestic violence and their families escape their abusive situation. This may be through obtaining Protection from Abuse or Stalking Orders. Kansas Legal Services obtained 1,334 Final Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders for victims.
 
We served 3,294 veterans and/or their families, including 829 service members deployed since 9/11. Fifty-five percent of the post 9/11 deployed families live at or below 125% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
 
As mentioned previously, we do not have the resources to fully represent all applicants needing legal services. We attempt to at a minimum to give advice to applicants who are low-income, senior citizens or domestic violence victims. Kansas Legal Services provided timely advice to 8,592 individuals and their families.
 
We work closely with private attorneys and law students to coordinate efforts to extend the services we can provide to applicants with legal issues. Private attorneys assisted 752 clients and donated 1,277 hours of service at no cost to the client. Law students provided 2,214 hours of service.
 
Because Kansas Legal Services cannot represent everyone who needs assistance, we have focused attention on creating Free Legal Forms on our website. We have 28 sets of forms available. These forms are interactive. 5,963 Kansans completed Divorce Petitions through the Free Legal Forms page on the KLS website.
 
These five areas along with obtaining funding to be able to represent more applicants are our primary goals. We also focus on public benefits law, other areas of family law, consumer, housing, and elder law.
Needs Statement

Kansas Legal Services most pressing needs are:

  1. We are identifying a need to expand our services to work with newly or short-term poor Kansans who are struggling with foreclosures, child support, and consumer debt.
  2. We are working to increase pro se assistance through the website for Kansans we can’t fully represent. Our website now includes the forms to allow people to do fill out their forms online. We are implementing programs to assist with filling out paperwork that client files after it is reviewed by legal staff. We are holding clinics to assist with this process.
  3. We would like to engage private attorneys in meeting a portion of our unmet needs: Volunteers (pro bono), Special outreach programs, Law student engagement with Washburn Law School, University of Kansas Law School and University of Missouri Kansas City Law School
  4. We have identified the need to expand services we provide to Veterans. We are working with reStart and the Salvation Army to provide services through the SSVF (Supportive Services for Veteran Families) Homeless Veteran Program. We are attempting to do more outreach to Veterans both by KLS staff and by involving private attorneys through pro bono efforts.
  5. We are working on expansion of services in new programs. We participate in a program for self-represented litigants at the Johnson County Courthouse to be able to meet with a attorney one time per week, we were awarded a grant through the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) to begin a LITC (Low Income Taxpayer Clinic), we are working to expand our Children’s Mercy Medical-Legal partnership and VOCA (Victim of Crime Act) program to obtain Protection from Abuse and Stalking orders for domestic violence victims.
Service Categories
Crime & Legal - Related NEC
Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Legal Services
Areas of Service
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Franklin County
KS - Leavenworth County
KS
KS - Lawrence
Geographic Area Served Narrative Kansas Legal Services provides legal advice and representation to applicants experiencing barriers to obtaining legal assistance throughout the state of Kansas. We have 11 offices that allow us to serve many counties efficiently. The Kansas City office covers Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth, Franklin, Miami and Linn counties.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

2017 marked the 40th year of Kansas Legal Services providing legal services for low income Kansans. This allowed us to both celebrate and to reflect on our past. Many of those successes involved clients who were able to access the civil justice system. Often this resulted in improvements in their lives – financial security, physical safety or a life for their children. Looking back and celebrating is a fine exercise, but to make it most meaningful, we must use it to guide our future. One aspect of our future is creating more opportunities for people who must represent themselves in Court, while also equipping our lawyers to provide the highest quality representation to those we are able to serve. During 2017, many Courts in Kansas embraced the need for resources for self-represented litigants within their courthouses. The Fourth Judicial District started the movement, with Court Administrator John Steelman establishing space, locating a computer and gathering resources for this endeavor. A staff member is tasked with providing some basic support for self-represented litigants and staff is encouraged to send self-represented litigants to the Self-Help Center when appropriate. Kansas Legal Services was pleased to be a part of this effort, by creating a simple webpage with helpful links for users of Courts’ Self-Help Centers. We felt these services could be a part of aiding the work by Courts in this much-needed reform. Our interest in supporting Self-Help Centers spreads from our recognition that while 60 – 70% of civil Court cases have at least one unrepresented party; the resources of Kansas Legal Services cannot be spread broadly enough to meet that need. Self-represented litigants report that cost is a prime factor in not hiring a lawyer and that free or low cost resources are extremely limited. Many of these people just want the guidance of getting the right paperwork. Some have an interest in having a say in their own voice in litigation. Some are afraid that hiring an attorney will enflame an already tense situation. Many Courts around the country are successfully using courthouse-based Self-Help Centers as a positive public service and a needed component to address the needs of those who appear at the Clerk’s desk asking what they need to do next. It is on the agenda of the Office of Judicial Administration to create a template for a statewide solution for self-represented litigants. Kansas Legal Services is proud to step in during the interim to provide a solution to Courts who were interested in moving ahead more quickly.

Today, there are ten courthouse based self-help centers in Kansas. Kansas Legal Services is pleased to play a role in each of these. One role that KLS wants to emphasize is recruiting and training volunteer attorneys to work in each help center. The availability of Emeritus attorneys’ time through Kansas Legal Services has been important to the growth of the Johnson County Self-Help Center. Kansas Legal Services encourages and provides training for other volunteer attorneys who are willing to make a regular commitment to the Help Centers in their counties.
Programs
Description

We provide legal advice & representation to victims of domestic violence & their children. One of the services we provide includes advising applicants on the legal rights & remedies available to them. This may include how to file for & obtain a Protection from Abuse/Stalking order, how to file for & what is involved with obtaining a divorce or custody order. We also represent domestic violence victims in court in order to obtain final Protection from Abuse/Stalking orders. If the perpetrator violates the order, the police then have something to charge the perpetrator for violating.  The perpetrator may experience consequences for violating the order. We represent applicants in divorce cases. This provides applicants an ability to move forward with debts & property divided, & child support & visitation orders. We litigate custody disputes, to assist with providing an end to conflict and provide stability & predictability for the children regarding their relationships with their parents.

Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success The applicant will have knowledge of their legal rights and remedies. If we represent them in court we will obtain orders from the Court/Judge for them. This may include orders for child support, custody and property division.
Long-Term Success Safety and the ability for the victim and their child(ren) to live in a stable, non-violent home.
Program Success Monitored By

We use a database that we developed specifically for Kansas Legal Services. It includes the ability to record time and case notes, attach documents into the record for each client and build reports. All activity by staff is recorded in this database. Dates and level of service are recorded. For cases that we take to court, we can enter whether and order was obtained or not. Applicants that involve court or administrative hearings also have a physical file. 

Examples of Program Success
  • 1,310-Victims of domestic violence obtained a Final Protection from Abuse order
  • J: She applied for help with PFA due to extreme physical abuse inflicted by her husband and father of their two children. She was granted a temporary PFA however this was violated when her husband assaulted the security escort with client, kidnapped her and forced her into her vehicle after forcefully taking her keys. She was able to escape by opening the car door as he drove away resulting in a police chase which ended in vehicular collision. Her husband was arrested and went to jail. A final PFA was obtained granting her sole legal custody of the children.
  • S: She is a rape victim and KLS helped her obtain a PFA which was consolidated into a divorce. The court suspended parenting time until her abuser completes a batterer’s intervention program and the children's therapists approves of parenting time. S. and her children now have the court's protection and accountability for the abuser because funds.
Description We provide legal advice and representation to participants and make referrals to appropriate resources in the community. Legal issues may include but are not limited to housing, collections, bankruptcy, Social Security Disability, Veteran's benefits and assistance, advance directives, expungement of criminal convictions when a barrier to employment or housing, guardianship, divorce, custody, child support, paternity and tax controversies with the IRS.  We attempt to provide at a minimum advice to all applicants up to 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines providing we have funding. We provide full representation for cases based on priorities and available funding.  We have some programs that are not means tested and those are mostly for Senior Citizens, Protection from Abuse/Stalking, and specific Veteran's programs with referral.
Category Crime & Legal, General/Other Legal Services
Population Served Veterans, ,
Short-Term Success

Adults & children with disabilities will obtain public benefits such as Social Security that allows them or the family to be self-sufficient. Clients & their special needs children will be able to obtain medical care & have their basic needs met.

Bankruptcy clients receive a fresh start. Applicants who are experiencing harassment by a creditor will obtain assistance & possibly court orders to stop it.

Landlord & tenant disputes will be mediated or will be settled by court order to allow for continued housing & alleviate possibility of homelessness.

Families experiencing domestic violence or stalking by an abusive party will receive court orders of protection and law enforcement will have a court order to enforce.

People with domestic issues will obtain orders based on KS law & guidelines so that they & their families can move on & become self-sufficient. This includes divorce, property division, child support & custody.

Clients who are taking care of a minor child but are not the parent will receive orders giving them the ability to obtain healthcare & put the child in school. Clients who are taking care of disabled adults will obtain orders so that they can continue to assist with the disabled person’s care.

Long-Term Success Applicants will be advised regarding their legal rights and remedies. If we take a case for full representation, we will obtain orders from the Court/Judge for them. A long-term goal is self-sufficiency for applicants. Another is alleviating the continuation of poverty and homelessness. 
Program Success Monitored By

We use a database that we developed specifically for Kansas Legal Services. It includes the ability to record time and case notes, attach documents into the record for each client and build reports. All activity by staff is recorded in this database. Dates and level of service are recorded. For cases that we take to court, we can enter whether and order was obtained or not. Applicants that involve court or administrative hearings also have a physical file.

Examples of Program Success
  • 160-Adults received steady monthly income from Social Security or SSI disability benefits, with total back awards to our clients of $1.3 million, and $136,406 in new monthly benefits.
  • 4,065-Veterans or their families, sought legal advice or representation.
  • 75-Kansas families got a fresh financial start from a bankruptcy.
  • 229-Families met their child’s special needs, due to successful Children’s Social Security or SSI benefit claims.
  • 1,091-Hours of legal services provided at no cost to 377 clients from private attorneys, through KLS pro bono program or the retainer program.
  • 927-Parents received child support orders benefiting 1,615 children in divorce and paternity cases filed by KLS staff.
  • 1,754-Hours were contributed by 25 law school volunteers and interns.
  • 11,423-Clients received timely legal advice as they faced family law, housing, consumer related or other crises in their lives.
CEO Comments
Rule changes in 2016 that continued into 2017 allowed us to expand the services we may provide to domestic violence victims. We appreciate the support of the Governor's Grants office, which passes along Federal funding from the Victim of Crime Act (VOCA). This support allowed us to provide life-changing legal services to 2,937 families experiencing domestic violence. A new Department of Justice grant allowed us to grow staff to do more of this work. The new grant allows us to partner with the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV). KLS received multi-year support for our Low Income Tax Clinic. Our Clinic Director has traveled the state to publicize this resource for people involved in disputes with the IRS. His legal work has resulted in relief from tax burdens for many clients. Funding from the Kansas Bar Foundation has allowed us to help struggling families facing the loss of their home. KLS has noticed an increase in expungement activity and awareness. KLS offices have seen more requests for help with expungements. Our website has seen a large increase in self-represented persons accessing our expungement page and downloading the needed forms. This work is very important to improving the employment and housing prospects of people who have arrests or convictions in their past. This is important Justice work that contributes to the goal of alleviating poverty.
 
Kansas Legal Services relies most heavily on our own staff to provide direct legal services to clients. However, we very often say that we can't meet the need alone. We want, and need, to involve more private attorneys in working with us. To that end, we have created www.ksprobono.org, a one-stop resource for private attorneys willing to consider an occasional pro bono case. Registering as a member on the site allows attorneys to select their preferred legal case types as well as geographic area. Attorneys then get an email notice when a potential case with their preferences is posted by KLS. This site also provides form pleadings and other resources to support attorneys handling pro bono cases.
 
KLS is also pleased to sponsor three retired attorney volunteers who work in the KLS Emeritus Program, providing pro bono services in Courthouse clinics for KLS offices. During these uncertain political times, we appreciate the support fo the Kansas legal community. Many have stepped forward as volunteers or as donors. As we start our 40th year as a statewide legal service, we thank them for their support. 
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Marilyn M. Harp
Term Start May 1977
Experience

Marilyn Harp obtained a Bachelor of Social Work for the University of KS School of Social Welfare in 1976.   She went on to obtain a J.D. from the University of KS School of Law in 1979.  Marilyn began her career with Kansas Legal Services in September 1979 as a staff attorney in the Northeast Neighborhood Office in Wichita, KS.  She was promoted to Managing Attorney of that office in September of 1980.  That office was closed in January of 1982 and Marilyn became a staff attorney in the Wichita office of KLS.  In November 1984, she was promoted to Project Director of the Wichita office. In 1989, she was promoted to Regional Director.  Upon the retirement of CEO, Roger McCollister in August of 2006, Marilyn was named CEO/Executive Director by the Advisory Board of KLS after a search was undertaken to find his replacement. 

Some of Marilyn’s accomplishments while at KLS are:
  • Elder Law Hotline – co-founder and director
  • Lawyer Advice Line – creator and director
  • Central Intake – created this process for clients to apply for services
  • Chief Litigator – Bullock vs KS Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services 
Awards:
  • WomenBuild Lawrence Habitat for Humanity Leadership Award - 2013
  • KS Bar Association Outstanding Service Award – 1994, 200, 2006
  • Liberty Bell Award Butler County Bar Association – 2002
  • YWCA Women of Valor – 2001
  • Louise Mattox Attorney of Achievement from Wichita Women Attorney’s Association – 1993
  • Kansas Legal Services Elizabeth Ferguson Excellence Award – 1993
  • Wichita Bar Association President’s Award – 1990
  • Women’s Equality Coalition Woman of the Year - 1990
Former CEOs
NameTerm
Mr. Roger L. McCollister Aug 1970 -
Senior Staff
Title Project Director of Kansas City Office
Experience/Biography

Born and raised in Norton, Kansas, Leland attained both his B.A. (Political Science, 1978) and J.D. (1981) from the University of Kansas. He practiced with the firm of Boyer, Donaldson and Stewart in Wichita from 1981-1986, then was in private practice in Topeka from 1986-1991. He joined Kansas Legal Services in 1991, working in Topeka until February of 2008 when he became the Managing Attorney of the Kansas City office. He is licensed in Kansas, and in the Federal Court for the District of Kansas, the 10th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. His areas of practice include domestic, bankruptcy, housing, agricultural law and Social Security (disability) law.

Title Executive/Managing Secretary - Kansas City Office
Experience/Biography Kim has been with Kansas Legal Services since November of 1998. Kim monitors grant compliance and the data base to ensure KLS is complying with funding source requirements. She does the monthly and quarterly reports to a multitude of funding sources. She handles Human Resources for the Kansas City office, hiring and supervising of support staff and volunteers, procurement of equipment and supplies, accounts payable and supervises the Reduced Fee and Pro Bono Programs.
Title Assistant Managing Attorney
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 88
Paid Part-Time Staff 16
Paid Contractors 4
Volunteers 15
Retention Rate 79%
Staff Diversity (Ethnicity)
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 77
Hispanic/Latino 16
Other 3
Other (Please Specify) 3 - Other ethnicity
Staff Diversity (Gender)
Female 84
Male 20
Not Specified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Collaborations
  • We have Memorandum of Understandings (MOU) with Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (KCSDV) and DV/SA Programs.
  • We work with/have MOUs with reStart and the Salvation Army on Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) to assist homeless or on the verge of homelessness Veterans with legal assessment and legal issues. We receive referrals directly to the Kansas City office and they are given priority.
  • We have a MOU with the Military Matters Program through the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association.
  • We work closely with the Willa Gill Center. We have done outreach activities there and the Director Ondra Penn calls the Kansas City Executive Secretary directly with potential applicants - usually homeless and often Veterans - and she talks to them with Ms. Penn present because they know her and are more comfortable with her present, qualifies them and tries to get them set up with a staff member for service.
  • We work closely with SAFE HOME and Willow Domestic Violence shelters. 
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Legal Aid and Public Defender Association - Member2006
United Way Member Agency1985
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Diversity AwardKansas Bar Association2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments We have a State Board of Directors determined by the articles of incorporation and the bylaws as well as being governed by Legal Service Corporation regulations. The Board is a mix of attorneys from rural and urban areas across the state of Kansas, and includes client representatives. The state Board also has one member from the Staff Association that serves as a nonvoting member. The local Board  is a mix between attorneys, community partners and client representatives.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. James Campbell
Company Affiliation Campbell Law Offices
Term Jan 2016 to Jan 2019
Email campbell_law@mac.com
Board Co-Chair
Board Co-Chair Ms. Gabriela Vega
Company Affiliation Addair Thurston, Chtd.
Term Jan 2017 to Jan 2000
Email gabriela@addairthurston.com
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ms. Laura Allen Former KLS client
Mr. Charles H Apt IIIApt Law Offices
Mr. Curtis Brown Law Office of J. Curtis Brown
Mr. James Campbell Campbell Law Offices
Ms. Marla Craig Client Representative - Emporia Service Area
Ms. Bonnie Daniel Former KLS Client
Ms. Melina DeRousse Kansas University School of Law
Mr. Raymond Freeby Community Volunteer
Ms. Angela Gupta Attorney - Kansas Bar Association Representative
Mr. Kenneth Helms Community Volunteer
Ms. Martha Hodgesmith Kansas University
Ms. Karen Humphreys Retired Judge - Community Volunteer
Ms. Tammy King Washburn University School of Law
Ms. Ellen Neufeld Retired Attorney - Community Volunteer
Ms. Marvetta Rickman Client Representative - Dodge City Service Area
Mr. Edward L. Robinson KS Association of Justice - Joseph, Hollander, Craft, LLC - Wichita, KS
Ms. Faral Rollins Former KLS Client
Mr. Robert Schmisseur Schmisseur Law
Mr. William Sneed Sneed Law Firm, LLC
Ms. Jennifer Stevenson Shook, Hardy and Bacon
Mr., Bill Townsley Fleeson, Gooing, Coulson & Kitch, LLC
Ms. Gabriela A. Vega Vega Acosta Law Firm - Manhattan, KS
Ms. Marilyn Woodard Client Representative - Wichita Service Area
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 20
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 5 members have disabilities
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 14
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 39%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Executive
Audit
Personnel
Nominating
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Fiscal Affairs
Program / Program Planning
CEO Comments We have a state board of directors determined by the articles of incorporation and the bylaws as well as being governed by Legal Service Corporation regulations. The board is a mix of attorneys from rural and urban areas across the state of Kansas, and includes client representatives. The state board also has one member from the staff association that serves as a nonvoting member. The local board is a mix of attorneys with an interest in Kansas Legal Services issues. We would like to note here that our numbers for board members making donations may seem low but it is because 8 of our board members are low-income clients.
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2018
Projected Revenue $7,260,021
Projected Expenses $7,148,027
Foundation Comments
  • FY 2017, 2016, 2015: Financial data reported using IRS Form 990.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
 
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$561,468$460,668$420,315
Government Contributions$5,886,356$5,486,536$5,339,284
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$5,886,356$5,486,536$5,339,284
Individual Contributions------
$162,114$185,130$214,329
$480,150$520,140$590,587
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3,477$1,370$6,729
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0($130)$0
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Other----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$5,797,798$5,370,007$5,303,666
Administration Expense$1,129,621$1,174,778$1,019,588
Fundraising Expense$14,338$19,318$32,119
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.021.011.03
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%82%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%1%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$1,659,085$1,520,773$1,318,338
Current Assets$1,604,002$1,427,063$1,198,167
Long-Term Liabilities$225,355$292,436$274,573
Current Liabilities$525,930$472,345$377,384
Total Net Assets$907,800$755,992$666,381
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.053.023.17
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%19%21%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountLegal Services Corporation $2,558,065 --Legal Services Corporation $2,623,776
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountAccess to Justice $723,600 --Access to Justice from Office of Judicial Administration $698,600
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountVictim of Crime Act $532,198 --County Defender Contracts through the Courts in Lyon, Saline, Barton and Sedgewick counties $521,293
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

Kansas Legal Services is a statewide not-for-profit law firm. Each field office has local goals and objectives. Some funding sources are local while others are statewide. We have a reserve fund of approximately $687,938 that will enable us to deal with unforeseen funding losses. Over the past 20 years, we have diversified our funding base. We seek out funding that compliments our primary mission.

Other Documents
Priorities Established By The Board of Directors2018View
Priorities Established By The Board Directors2017View
Priorities Established By The Board of Directors2016View
Priorities Established By the Board of Directors2015View
Priorities Established By The Board of Directors2014View
Code of Conduct2013View
Strategic Plan for 2012 through 20152012View
Organization Name Kansas Legal Services, Inc.
Address 400 State Avenue, Suite 1015
Kansas City, KS 66101
Primary Phone (913) 621-0200
Contact Email legalservices@klsinc.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Marilyn M. Harp
Board Chair Mr. James Campbell
Board Chair Company Affiliation Campbell Law Offices
Year of Incorporation 1977
Former Names
Wyandotte-Leavenworth Legal Aid
Olathe Legal Services