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Disability Benefits Application Project  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.
Street Law Public Education Volunteer  at First Defense Legal Aid
Help prepare for and give presentations to educate 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.
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
Legislative Advocacy on Issues Affecting Education of Children Who Are Homeless  at Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Law Project
Volunteers advocate on issues relating to homelessness at the local, state and federal level. Volunteers may help draft letters, create materials to raise awareness of particular issues and talk to legislators.
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.
Spanish Interpreters  at Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services
Individuals with Spanish language skills are needed to serve as interpreters for various volunteer opportunities and aspects of clients' cases. This opportunity can be completed in short, fixed time slots.
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.
Medical Debt Relief Project  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
Spanish-speaking volunteers help eligible clients apply for medical debt relief under Illinois Charity Care, helping them lower or alleviate medical debt without filing for bankruptcy.
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.
Citizenship Workshop Application Assistant  at Erie Neighborhood House
As the legal and processing agency of the Northwest Chicago Collaborative of the New Americans Initiative, Erie House provides monthly Naturalization workshops throughout the Northwestern Chicago area. Volunteers will help prepare N-400 applications.
The Scan Project at LAF  at LAF (Legal Assistance Foundation)
LAF is in search of 3 volunteers to help with The Scan Project this summer. Volunteers help LAF's internal administration by organizing and scanning documents into our electronic client database.
Low Income Tax Clinic  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.
Senior Center Initiative (SCI)  at Center for Disability and Elder Law
Volunteer attorneys prepare Powers of Attorney and Illinois Living Will Declarations for low-income seniors at senior centers throughout Cook County. One day workshop with limited engagement. Great for law firm and corporate client partnerships.
Lambda Legal Volunteer  at Lambda Legal Midwest Regional Office
Assist with community education fundraising events and office assistance for an organization that works to achieve full recognition of civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and those with HIV.
Attorneys to Write Orders at Night Court  at DuPage County Pro Se Assistance Center
Volunteer attorneys write post decree court orders at Night Court for pro se domestic relations cases involving financial issues.
Family Law Help Desk at the DuPage County Pro Se Assistance Center  at DuPage County Pro Se Assistance Center
Volunteers assist pro se litigants in preparing the documents necessary to present their case at the pro se night court domestic relations call.
Volunteer for Lawyer in the Library  at Lawyer in the Library
Volunteer attorneys are responsible for assisting those with LIL (Lawyer in the Library) appointments through basic legal coaching and document review.
Citizenship Workshop Legal Screener  at Erie Neighborhood House
As the legal and processing agency of the Northwest Chicago Collaborative of the New Americans Initiative, Erie House provides monthly Naturalization workshops throughout the Northwestern Chicago area. Volunteers will be screening N-400 applications.
Intake Attorney  at Administer Justice
Attorneys of all experience levels and law students with 7-11 licenses meet with and interview clients to determine their legal needs and to assess what potential referrals could be made.
Clemency Firm-Based Program  at Cabrini Green Legal Aid
CGLA partners with law firms to prepare and present executive clemency petitions to the Prisoner Review Board to clear clients of their criminal records. Great opportunity for attorneys working at law firms.

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