Current Pro Bono Opportunities

We are currently seeking volunteers for the following Pro Bono Cases.  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, please submit a volunteer application.

 

Help client collect money owed to her by former employer
Case Type: Collection
Assignment: Collect pro se judgement that the client obtained
Facts: The client made a mistake in preparing their 2015 tax return and listed her former employer’s bank routing number where the tax form requests the account into which the refund should be paid. The IRS paid it into that account and will not help the client retrieve the funds. The client filed their own complaint against the former employer and was awarded the full amount wrongfully paid.
Experience Needed: Know or be willing to research how to collect on a judgment, as this is not an area in which LAF is particularly knowledgable.
Timeline: Begin collections proceedings in courtroom 1401.  For other reasons, the client needs to pay the money back to the IRS although no time line is in place.
Time Commitment: Unsure. Potentially 10-20 hours over a few months' time.
Supervision: LAF can provide some support but request the pro bono attorney to take the lead.
Location: Daley Center

Help a woman with two children obtain a divorce and financial support
Case Type: Divorce
Assignment: File and litigate petition for dissolution of marriage
Facts: The client has two teenage children with her husband. The husband has a pension. The client has no retirement. The husband recently moved out of state.
Experience Needed: None
Timeline: No impending due dates. Begin divorce as soon as possible.
Time Commitment: Extended representation.
Supervision: LAF can co-counsel.
Location: Daley Center

Help client get a fresh start through divorce from abusive husband
Case Type: Divorce
Assignment: File and litigate petition for dissolution of marriage
Facts: The client and her husband have been married for over 30 years. After decades of abuse, in 2013, she finally decided to call the police after he fractured her nose and broke several bones in face. He was arrested and sentenced to 7 years for domestic battery, but appealed his conviction and is being granted a new trial. He’s back in jail for violating the order of protection. There are some small financial issues but they should not be complex.Timeline: No impending due dates. Begin divorce as soon as possible.
Experience Needed: Divorce experience preferred but not necessary.
Timeline: File initial divorce pleadings as soon as possible.
Time Commitment: Ongoing representation for 6 months to 2 years
Supervision: LAF staff attorney can give an initial overview and let the pro bono attorney take over, but the staff attorney can work collaboratively and supervise throughout if necessary.
Location: Daley Center

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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