Attorneys and other professionals work alongside LAF's staff to run a variety of pro bono projects such as legal clinics and help desks. All of these offer a unique opportunity to connect with a diverse population and help us reach clients that might otherwise go unserved.
We are currently seeking volunteers for the projects listed below. Please check back regularly, as these opportunities often change.
If you would like more information or want to get involved with a pro bono case or an opportunity below, please submit a volunteer application and indicate the case or projects that interest you.
Attorney Volunteers must be licensed and in good standing with the Bar. Additional qualifications specified if applicable.
IN-HOUSE AT LAF:
ADAPT (Advance Directives and Property Transfers)
Advise people in preparing Advance Directives and Property Transfers: Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Property, Living Wills, and TODIs. Conduct telephone interviews with clients, then meet with them at LAF to finalize these important documents.
•Time Commitment: 3-hour shifts, minimum of 2 shifts per month
•Training & Benefits: eLearning training which can be done from your home or office. Manuals, online resources, and other materials provided along with support from LAF attorneys.
Adult Criminal Records Expungement Screening Volunteer
Screen and conduct a brief telephone interview with potential criminal record expungement clients for upcoming expungement summits. Provide advice to potential clients on how to navigate the first steps of the records expungement process.
•Time Commitment: 4-6 hours/week
•Qualifications: Must be either an active or retired attorney, comfortable with technology or willing to learn, helpful to have direct client counseling experience, but is not required.
•Training & Benefits: One-on-one training available on-site on a continuous basis, excellent support team available to answer questions, volunteer manual, and additional resources made available. Option to work remotely as needed.
Bankruptcy Help Desk
Work alongside LAF staff at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse to help clients prepare forms and draft motions. Answer clients' questions about bankruptcy in general or their cases in particular.
•Time Commitment: 3-4 hour shifts, minimum of 6 shifts per year
•Additional Qualifications: At least 1 year of experience practicing bankruptcy law.
•Training & Benefits: Mandatory 90-minute online training that can be completed at the volunteer’s home or office.
The William J. Hibbler Memorial Pro Se Assistance Program
Assist pro se litigants at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse by reviewing documents, providing guidance on the discovery process, and assisting them through all phases of litigation.
•Time Commitment: One 3-hour shift per month.
•Additional Qualifications: 3-5 years of federal court experience; experience in employment discrimination law is helpful, but not required.
•Training & Benefits: Half-day on-site training consisting of observing one shift of appointments, followed by an opportunity for the LAF staff attorney to observe and provide feedback to the volunteer. Volunteers receive ongoing mentoring and support from an experienced staff attorney.
Orders of Protection Litigation Project
Provide direct representation to victims of domestic violence who are seeking to obtain an Order of Protection at the west suburban Maybrook Courthouse.
•Time Commitment: 3-9 weeks with 1-2 court appearances
•Additional Qualifications: Must join Pro Bono Network.
•Training & Benefits: Online training provided through the Pro Bono Network with ongoing support from LAF.
FROM YOUR HOME OR OFFICE:
SNAP Pro Bono Project
Provide telephone advocacy on behalf of food stamp recipients who are having problems receiving their benefits.
•Time Commitment: Varies by case. Most cases can be resolved with phone calls and emails. For cases that cannot be resolved, volunteers may provide continued representation through the hearing. LAF staff are also available to take cases to hearing as needed.
•Training & Benefits: CLE training and reference manuals provided.
Pro Bono Panel
Receive an occasional email containing cases where LAF seeks collaboration with or help from a volunteer attorney. Cases include both transactional and litigation matters.
•Time Commitment: Varies based on the case.
•Training & Benefits: No formal training is provided, but LAF will provide mentorship and ongoing support as needed.
For Other Professionals:
SNAP Pro Bono Project - paralegals
See description above.
Bankruptcy Help Desk Undergraduate Volunteer
Work alongside LAF staff at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse to help perform client intake and assist clients with preparing bankruptcy forms.
•Time Commitment: 3-4 hour shifts, 2-3 days a week (flexible)
•Additional Qualifications: Undergraduate Degree or Junior or Senior pursuing Undergraduate Degree. Prior Bankruptcy Law experience not necessary.
LAF Young Professionals Board
Support the mission and programs of LAF through social events, fundraising initiatives, and community outreach efforts.
•Time Commitment: Attend a minimum of two quarterly meetings and a minimum of two fundraising events per year.
•Qualifications: None. YPB membership is not limited to attorneys; law students, paralegals, and professionals outside the legal community are welcome and highly encouraged to get involved.
•Training & Benefits: The Board offers great networking and board skill-development opportunities to professionals who are dedicated to making philanthropic engagement a core part of their careers.
Long-Term Care Ombudsman Project
Visit nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and skilled living facilities in suburban Cook County to investigate and resolve complaints. Assist people on a systemic level when multiple residents of a facility are facing a problem. Educate residents, family, staff and the community about residents’ rights.
•Time Commitment: 4 hours a month.
•Qualifications: Must be over the age of 18 and be able to travel.
•Training & Benefits: 2-day training at LAF. Volunteers receive ongoing support.
Financial Consulting Project
Perform forensic investigations to detect hidden assets and financial modeling to determine the value of assets or a business. Assist in the preparation of materials for presentation in court, or in some cases, communicate their findings in the form of a written report or as oral testimony.
•Time Commitment: Varies by case.
•Qualifications: Experience in litigation consulting, fraud investigations, forensic accounting, or business valuation.
Redesign and create brochures, flyers, and other outreach materials that we use to share information about our work.
•Time Commitment: Ongoing until the materials are finished. Volunteers may work from their home or office, at their convenience.
•Qualifications: Must be a graphic design student or professional.
•Training & Benefits: Access to graphic design software and other resources. Materials can be added to your portfolio.
Collaborate with LAF staff to design and develop a website for the Ready 2 Work project, which helps low wage workers with issues like wage theft, discrimination, and denial of unemployment benefits.
•Time Commitment: Ongoing until the project is completed.
•Training & Benefits: Work at your own pace while increasing access to free legal aid for low wage workers. Materials can be added to your portfolio.
Provide support to LAF staff as we create a new website for LAF using WordPress. Answer technical questions and advise us regarding design and feasibility remotely via email or phone.
•Time Commitment: Ongoing until the project is completed.
•Qualifications: Must be very knowledgeable about WordPress and HTML/CSS.
•Training & Benefits: Help people in poverty gain access to free legal aid by ensuring that our website is intuitive and easy to use.
Although you may not see a project that utilizes your skillset, we are always open to discussing a potential volunteer role. If you possess any of the following skills, we’d love to hear from you as well.
•Accounting & Finance
•Fundraising or Special Events Support
•Marketing & Public Relations
We are currently seeking volunteers. Please check back regularly, as our pro bono opportunities often change. If you would like to share your time and talents or are interested in receiving more information about any of our projects or cases, please submit a volunteer application.
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