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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.
SNAP Pro Bono Project  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Volunteers help clients obtain the proper amount of SNAP (food stamp) benefits when they have been improperly denied benefits, do not receive the correct amount of benefits, or have their benefits reduced or terminated.
Race Judicata® 2015 Volunteers  at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
Volunteers are needed to help CVLS run this year's Race Judicata®. 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 Chicago.
Transcriber  at Illinois Legal Aid Online
Transcribe video webcasts to provide legal information to deaf and hearing impaired low-income Illinois residents.
Intake Position for Parentage and Child Support Advice Desk  at Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. -Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk
Volunteer undergraduates, paralegals, and/or non-lawyers of all experience levels conduct Intake at the Parentage and Child Support Pro Se Advice Desk located at the Daley Center. Fluency in Spanish is preferable.
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. Educate nursing home residents about their rights.
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.
Representing a Family or Youth Experiencing Homelessness in an Education Case  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.
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.
AmeriCorps VISTA Seniors Outreach Coordinator  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Volunteer Assignment Announcement AmeriCorps VISTA Seniors Outreach Coordinator For over 40 years, LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation) has provided free civil legal assistance to people living in poverty in metropolitan Chicago. Each year LAF’s more than 80 full-time attorneys, volunteers, and staff help resolve legal problems, including domestic violence, consumer fraud and unfair evictions. In addition to representing individuals in court and administrative hearings, we run community legal clinics, provide know-your-rights workshops, and work with community-based organizations to address emerging issues as well as persistent and chronic problems that affect low-income families. Our work impacts more than 40,000 people each year. Volunteer Assignment Description: The Seniors Outreach Coordinator will work to increase LAF’s capacity to serve senior clients, with emphasis on suburban seniors, to provide them with the legal information and tools they need to maximize their economic, health, and nutritional stability by 1) Cultivating and strengthening relationships with senior service providers to raise LAF visibility and position the agency to better serve seniors in their communities; 2) Identifying what areas of law seniors would like LAF to address through presentations, workshops, and/or clinics, and coordinating presentations responsive to identified needs; 3) Creating a simple guide to explain the difference between Power of Attorney and guardianship to help people decide which one applies to their situation and 4) Laying the groundwork for creation of Power of Attorney clinic.
Volunteer Attorney for Virtual Legal Advice Desk  at Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. - South Chicago Office
Volunteer Attorney needed for a Virtual Legal Advice Desk for three hours per week on Tuesday mornings, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Mentor New Attorneys in their Pro Bono Work  at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
Volunteer attorneys act as mentors to newer attorneys handling pro bono cases. Attorneys can choose in which practice areas they would like to mentor.
After Hours Legal Advice Desk  at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
Volunteer attorneys and law students of all experience levels staff legal-advice desks to meet clients, provide basic legal advice, distribute self-help materials and make appropriate referrals when needed.
Pro Bono Network Volunteer Attorney  at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
Volunteer attorneys with some subject matter experience accept cases in their area of legal specialty and provide full legal representation.
Legal Advice Line  at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
Volunteers of all experience levels provide brief legal advice over the phone and other brief legal services, including reviewing court forms or other legal documents, to low-income individuals. Can be completed in short fixed time slots.
Seminar Presenter  at Catholic Charities Legal Assistance
Volunteer attorneys with subject matter experience in a particular area provide informational and educational seminars on topics of interest and concern to clients at various Catholic Charities locations. Can be completed in short/fixed time slots.
Chicago Police Custody Hotline Legal Representation  at First Defense Legal Aid
Provide legal representation to those held in custody by the Chicago Police Department. Meet with the client at the station, gather information regarding arrest and detainment, and ensure that the client's rights to silence and counsel are respected
Nightline - Evening Advice and Referral Hotline  at CARPLS
Volunteers staff the hotline from 5:30pm -8:00pm Monday and Wednesday nights, providing brief advice to clients in the areas of landlord/tenant, consumer debt and domestic relations law. Volunteers commit to 36 hours over one year.
CARPLS Works - Daily Advice and Referral Hotline  at CARPLS
Volunteers answer hotline calls, counsel clients, prepare documents and make referrals in the areas of landlord/tenant, consumer debt and domestic relations law. Must commit to at least one 4-hour shift per week over a 10-week session.
Represent Wrongly-Accused Family Members and Caregivers in DCFS Administrative Hearings  at Family Defense Center
Attorneys represent wrongly-accused parents and caregivers at a DCFS evidentiary proceeding. These hearings are the first point at which a DCFS determination to "indicate" an allegation of reported abuse or neglect is subject to neutral review.
CVLS Panel Program  at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
Volunteer attorneys of all experience levels handle all aspects of a case. Numerous practice areas are available. Some subject matter or litigation experience required for more complex cases. Great way to gain additional litigation experience.
Chancery Court Advice Desk  at Chicago Legal Clinic, Inc. - Downtown Office
Volunteers with some subject matter experience help pro se litigants understand the legal process and assist with the preparation of documents such as petitions, responses and motions to help litigants better present their cases in court.
CVLS Neighborhood Legal Clinics  at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation
Volunteer attorneys meet with clients one evening or weekend day every other month at one of CVLS' neighborhood clinics. They provide brief legal advice and may agree to handle cases that need representation. Guidance and mentoring provided.
Seminar Presenter - Small Business & Non-Profit Organizations  at The Law Project
Volunteer attorneys with experience in the subject matter conduct workshops on business and tax exempt organization legal issues. Great opportunity for attorneys who handle transactional matters. Can be completed in short, fixed time slots.

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