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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.
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.
Transcriber  at Illinois Legal Aid Online
Transcribe video webcasts to provide legal information to deaf and hearing impaired low-income Illinois residents.
Spanish Translation of Pro Se Representation Manual  at Family Defense Center
The Family Defense Center seeks a volunteer to translate its “Manual for Self-Representation in DCFS Expungement Appeals” from English into Spanish. This project will be an invaluable resource for Spanish-speaking families.
Street Law Public Education Volunteer  at First Defense Legal Aid
Help prepare and give presentations to Chicagoans about their 4th, 5th, and 6th Amend. rights to avoid false confessions, wrongful convictions, & other civil rights violations. Can be completed in fixed time slots nights, weekends & business hours.
Social Security Disability Benefits Application Project (St. Charles)  at Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. - St. Charles Office
Prairie State seeks attorney and non-attorney volunteers to meet with clients, discuss their cases, assess eligibility for and assist with applications for Social Security disability (SSI/SSDI) benefits.
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.
Live Help Operator [Posting Demo]  at Illinois Legal Aid Online
Provide Direct person to person help
Youth Futures Mobile Legal Clinic  at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Law Project
Volunteer attorneys, law students and paralegals 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).
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.
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
Representation in Employment Discrimination Cases  at Equip for Equality
Volunteer attorneys with subject matter experience or expertise within their firm represent people with disabilities in administrative proceedings and in federal court on employment discrimination cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Representation in Adult Guardianship Cases  at Equip for Equality
Volunteer attorneys with experience in the subject matter or expertise within a firm represent adults with disabilities in probate court to oppose petitions for guardianship or to modify or terminate a current guardianship.
Special Education Clinic  at Equip for Equality
Volunteer attorneys of all experience levels and participation in training or subject matter experience provide legal representation on special education issues for parents of students with disabilities in school meetings, expulsion hearings, etc.
Present Educational Seminars  at Equip for Equality
Volunteers conduct educational seminars for people with disabilities on areas of the law impacting persons with disabilities. This is a legal-related opportunity that is particularly good for government attorneys, retired attorneys and law students.
Special Education Clinic Helpline  at Equip for Equality
Volunteer attorneys of all experience levels provide legal information and advice to parents of children with disabilities about special education law, help parents draft letters and conduct legal research on special education issues.
Abuse Investigation Unit  at Equip for Equality
Attorneys with subject matter/litigation experience assist disabled individuals with a wide range of abuse/neglect issues. Involves client interviewing, informal negotiations, participation in treatment meetings and possibly formal representation.
Client Interviewing  at Equip for Equality
Volunteer attorneys of all experience levels conduct client interviews via telephone and provide people with disabilities with legal advice or information about their legal rights. This opportunity can be completed in short, fixed time slots.
Develop Self-help Materials for People with Disabilities  at Equip for Equality
Volunteers develop self-help materials on legal rights for people with disabilities. This is a great legal-related opportunity for government attorneys, retired attorneys and law students with some experience in the subject matter.
ADA Employment Case Summaries for Nationwide Database  at Equip for Equality
Volunteer attorneys and law students of all experience levels read and summarize employment discrimination cases under the Americans with Disabilities Act for a nationwide database.
Representation in Defensive Asylum Cases  at National Immigrant Justice Center
Volunteer attorneys represent defensive asylum applicants at their Master Calendar Hearings and their Merits Hearings.
Represent Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and other Crimes  at National Immigrant Justice Center
Volunteer attorneys of all experience levels meet with clients and prepare VAWA self-petitions or U Visa applications for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and other serious crimes.
Expungement and Sealing Help Desk  at James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Volunteer attorneys with some experience in criminal law provide brief advice and assistance to the public at the Expungement and Sealing Help Desk at the Second Municipal District Courthouse for the Circuit Court of Cook County (Skokie Courthouse).
Representation of a Juvenile in a Criminal Defense Case  at Lawndale Christian Legal Center
Volunteer attorneys with subject matter experience co-counsel with LCLC attorneys or represent a client on their own in either juvenile court or adult criminal court.

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