Why volunteer with LAS?
The Legal Aid Society’s Pro Bono Program allows volunteers to make equal access to justice a reality. We match volunteer attorneys, paralegals, and student interns with litigation/non-litigation opportunities based on their interests and availability. Volunteers learn new skills, use their current skills to broaden resources for LAS clients and provide vital legal services to the most vulnerable individuals living in communities served by Metropolitan Family Services’ community centers.
- MCLE accredited training and mentoring (in some substantive areas)
- Intake and client screening
- Malpractice insurance
- Ongoing substantive support in our areas of expertise
Attorneys and Paralegals
Legal Aid Society provides a variety of pro bono opportunity types. Attorneys may take on individual cases for pro bono representation, volunteer at a help desk or clinic, or participate in one of our many pro bono events. We offer various volunteer projects for paralegals, including in house volunteering.
- Pro Bono Cases
For a list of our current pro bono cases available for direct representation, please click here. Case types vary from litigation to negotiation to advocacy and research.
- Elder Help Desk
Provide legal advice, simple document drafting, and referrals for unrepresented litigants over the age of 60 who are facing a civil legal issue. Volunteers are asked to commit to a regular schedule, whether weekly or monthly.
- Simple Divorce Program
Get great litigation experience representing clients in short divorce cases (about 3-6 months) with the training and support of LAS.
- Power of Attorney Clinics
Help draft Healthcare Powers of Attorney for clients in need at bimonthly clinics. No experience necessary and training is provided.
Volunteer Spotlight: Roxy Freel
As a volunteer paralegal, Roxy works closely with the Individual Rights and Social Justice Practice Group. She assists in every facet of the work, including drafting visa applications, filing, and researching tough legal questions.
“I really love it here,” Roxy says. “I’m so impressed with how dedicated everyone is. Everyone is motivated to be here because they want to make a difference.” In fact, Roxy has been so inspired by volunteering at LAS that she is now considering attending law school and becoming a public interest attorney. “Every time I leave,” Roxy says, “I feel so motivated, happy, and I want to do more.”
- In FY19 volunteers donated 8,058 hours of pro bono time, valued at $1,591,140
Dana Harbaugh, Pro Bono Coordinator