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Race Judicata 2014 Volunteers  at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
Volunteers are needed to help CVLS run it's 20th Annual Race Judicata fundraising event. Volunteers can help out with gear check, serve as course marshals or traffic controllers, or help out at water stations.
Citizenship Workshop: Attorney, Law Student, Paralegal & Non-Lawyer Opportunities  at Erie Neighborhood House
Volunteer attorneys, law students, and non-attorneys of all experience levels conduct legal assessments and assist immigrants with citizenship applications at monthly Naturalization workshops located throughout Northwestern Chicago.
Street Law Public Education Volunteer  at First Defense Legal Aid
Help prepare for and give presentations to Chicagoans about their Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights to avoid false confessions, wrongful convictions, and other civil rights violations. Can be completed in short, fixed time slots.
Micah Legal Aid Clinic - Spanish Interpreters  at Micah Legal Aid
Volunteer Spanish interpreters are needed to join the Micah Legal Aid Clinic in assisting clients in need in the Logan Square community and surrounding neighborhoods. Volunteers help provide free legal advice and referrals to low-income residents.
Disability Benefits Application Project (St. Charles)  at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - St. Charles Office
Prairie State seeks volunteers to meet with clients, discuss their cases, assess eligibility for and assist with applications for Social Security disability (SSI/SSDI) benefits.
Volunteer Mediator  at Center for Conflict Resolution
Volunteer mediators who complete CCR's three-month volunteer training provide free mediation services to low-income persons in Cook County in various locations and in various practice areas.
SNAP Pro Bono Project  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Volunteers help clients obtain the SNAP (food stamp) benefits to which they are entitled when clients are improperly denied benefits, do not receive the correct amount of benefits, or have their benefits reduced/terminated.
Transcriber  at Illinois Legal Aid Online
Transcribe video webcasts to provide legal information to deaf and hearing impaired low-income Illinois residents.
Volunteer Navigator at the Rolling Meadows Courthouse  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Volunteers provide legal information, assistance and referrals to pro se litigants at the Self-Help Center in the Rolling Meadows Courthouse.
LAF Volunteer Nursing Home Ombudsman  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Visit long-term care facilities that serve the elderly, developmentally disabled and people with mental illnesses to investigate and resolve complaints of financial physical and psychological abuse and educate nursing home residents about their right
Preparation of Income Tax Returns  at Center for Economic Progress - Tax Clinic
Volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegals and non-lawyers with basic legal or tax knowledge prepare prior year and amended income tax returns for low-income families.
LAF Young Professionals Board  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Join the LAF Young Professionals Board today, and broaden your professional network while also raising money and visibility for Cook County's most comprehensive provider of free legal services.
Citizenship Team Volunteer  at The Immigration Project, Inc.
Nonlawyer Citizenship Team volunteers interview clients seeking naturalization, organize and enter information into the data management software and oversee the case progress with supervision from program staff.
Potential New Client Pre-Intake Screeners  at Center for Disability and Elder Law
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) is looking for law students, paralegals or other non-licensed professionals to conduct screenings of potential new clients.
LiveHelp Operator  at Illinois Legal Aid Online
Provide direct person-to-person online help so that people with legal questions can obtain the answers they need to achieve more positive results to their legal problems.
YMCA National Judicial Competition Volunteers Needed
The YMCA/ABA is recruiting legal volunteers (attorneys, judges, paralegals, law students) to preside over mock trials and appellate hearings and rate teams on their presentations, knowledge of the case, and ability to think on their feet.
Low Income Tax Clinic (Wheaton)  at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - Wheaton Office
Prairie State's Low Income Tax Clinic seeks attorney and accountant volunteers to assist clients with IRS tax controversies.
Representing a Family or Youth Experiencing Homelessness  at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Law Project
Provide direct legal representation to families and unaccompanied youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Provide legal advice and advocate with Chicago and suburban school districts to secure prompt access to full educational services.
Youth Futures Mobile Legal Clinic  at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Law Project
Assist in providing advice to and advocating for homeless youth on a variety of legal issues such as securing public benefits including medicaid (now available for young adults over 18).
Convenient Pro Bono for Stay at Home Attorneys  at Pro Bono Network
Numerous volunteer opportunities of limited scope with backup and convenient training.
Advise Homeless Residents at the Gallagher Legal Clinic (Hope Haven)  at T. Jordan Gallagher Legal Clinic
Volunteer law students and attorneys meet with homeless residents at the Hope Haven shelter in DeKalb to assess their legal issues and provide advice and/or services as needed. Great evening opportunity to volunteer in short, fixed time slots.
Preparation of Estate Planning Documents  at AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
Attorneys with subject matter experience prepare estate planning documents (wills, trusts, powers of attorney and any related documents) for low-income individuals with HIV.
Representation in Legal Proceedings  at AIDS Legal Council of Chicago
Volunteer attorneys with subject matter experience handle all aspects of cases for clients with HIV/AIDS in areas including immigration, Chapter 7 or 13 bankruptcy, employment discrimination, consumer credit, probate, insurance or social security.
Legal Internship at the Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf  at Midwest Center on Law & the Deaf
The Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf seeks a part-time Chicago-area intern to advocate for and learn about the needs of the organization's deaf and hard of hearing clients, in efforts to remove barriers that deaf clients experience.
Help Veterans Receive their VA Benefits  at ABA Veterans' Claims Assistance Network
The ABA has partnered with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)to create this unique, limited-scope pro bono volunteer opportunity for lawyers to help veterans with claims for disability compensation benefits currently pending in the VA backlog.

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