Volunteering Opportunities

Who can volunteer?

You can help the Pro Bono Project: Active California License Attorneys

How much time does it take?

It depends upon how much time you have. Attorney volunteers can take on full representation, limited scope representation, or scheduled counseling at legal clinics.

Volunteers benefit, too!

Besides the satisfaction of helping our clients, attorneys fulfill their obligation to provide pro bono counsel to low-income residents. Young attorneys or experienced attorneys working outside their area of expertise receive the additional benefit of mentoring from seasoned attorneys when they take on these pro bono cases. Attorneys gain additional experience in client counseling, motion practice, court appearance, and settlement negotiation as you help those that need your services the most.

Enrich your life, become a volunteer now.

All volunteers for the Pro Bono Project can use the space, voice mail, computers, and software available in our offices for work on pro bono cases. Pro Bono Project carries primary malpractice coverage for all our volunteers.

Attorneys

Whether you want to make a substantial time commitment, or offer occasional hours, you can help our clients.

You can accept a complete case for a client (full representation) or provide specific services (limited scope representation) for one or more clients, based on the time you have available. Limited scope representation may involve appearing at a hearing or mediation. You can also mentor young attorneys on specific assignments.

We are seeking committed attorneys to be part of our Virtual Legal Services program. This program is similar to Lawyers in the Library, but uses web conferencing to meet with individuals in need of legal services. All you need is a good internet connection and computer with a video camera.

We have clients who need assistance in the following areas:

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Division of property
  • Spousal support
  • Domestic violence restraining orders
  • Consumer law
  • Housing/Eviction

To learn about open client cases, contact us for details.

Have some free time on evenings or weekends? You can volunteer for Lawyers in the Library.

Making a Difference

“In my first year of law school… I mostly represented clients who had been wrongfully denied disability benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA). I wrote briefs and represented the clients at hearings before Administrative Law judges. The SSA allowed non-lawyers to represent clients, and I was excited by the opportunity… I got to do ten hearings before I got admitted to the bar, and all my clients wound up getting benefits. It was a great experience.”
Scott Maurer
 Alexander, Community Law Center