January 29, 2020
If you are a lawyer or paralegal interested in volunteering with us, contact our Coordinator of Volunteers Kelsey Vaughan: firstname.lastname@example.org
The core of the Legal Clinic's work is the representation of low and no-income clients through a network of over 250 volunteer attorneys and legal assistants. Our volunteers help provide comprehensive legal services at intake sites throughout the District of Columbia, breaking down barriers for our clients and helping members of our community access housing, shelter, and other life-saving services. Volunteers meet with clients at one of 7 intake sites (including meal programs, health clinics, and day programs) for sessions lasting approximately 1 hour, and can expect to meet with an average of 2-5 clients at each intake. If a clients present legal issues within our case-counseling guidelines, the volunteer will act as the primary legal representative for those clients; volunteers receive case-counseling support and guidance from our staff attorneys on every case. This important work would not be possible without our amazing volunteers - we hope you'll consider joining us!
- All attorneys and paralegals must attend a training and submit a volunteer application (complete your app here).
- Volunteer attorneys must 1) be members of the District of Columbia Bar, or 2) have begun the procedure to waive-in admission, or 3) have completed their DC bar exam, pending results, or 4) be a current employee of a DC nonprofit and licensed in any jurisdiction.
- Federal government volunteers are not required to be members of the District of Columbia Bar, but must be a member in good standing of the highest court of any state.
- Non-attorneys (paralegals, law students) are invited to attend the training, but are required to volunteer under the supervision of an attorney admitted to the District of Columbia Bar.