First-Year and Second-Year Attorneys

Did you know that the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) has numerous opportunities to network, build your client base, and/or gain legal experience by volunteering with one of our legal services projects? 

These are just a few of the many resources that LACBA has available to help new attorneys like you make the transition into the legal profession.

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Professional Networking and Peer-to-Peer Opportunities for Professional Growth and Personal Satisfaction:
LACBA’s Barristers Section was established more than 70 years ago to provide opportunities for new and young lawyers to develop legal skills, build a professional reputation, network beyond each member's workplace, and promote public service projects. Barristers’ activities also provide a forum for new and young lawyers to develop leadership skills and to interact with judges, experienced attorneys, as well as other Barristers members

Build Your Client Base:
LACBA’s Lawyer Referral Service Limited Experience Panel provides attorneys with less than 5 years of experience with an opportunity to receive client referrals from its Lawyer Referral Service. Panel members are matched with clients who have simple legal issues in the following areas: Administrative Law: Department of Motor Vehicles; Consumer Law: Collections/Breach of Contract and Letter Response; Criminal Law: Misdemeanor, Traffic; Family Law: Uncontested Dissolution; Landlord/Tenant Disputes: Eviction Defense; and Small Claims Disputes: Appeals and Coaching. The Limited Experience Panel is a great way for new lawyers to build business and gain valuable experience. For more information, please call (213) 896-6571 or email LRSadmin@lacba.org.

Gain Valuable Experience:
LACBA’s Domestic Violence Legal Services Project (DVP) seeks volunteers to help clients prepare complicated and lengthy legal documents, which are required in order to file for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and other legal protection from their abuser, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. Last year alone, DVP helped more than 4,200 people thanks to its pro bono volunteers. No prior experience is necessary, and onsite training is provided. For more information, please contact Project Director Sara Rondon at srondon@lacba.org.

LACBA’s Veterans Legal Services Project assists America’s veterans, active military personnel, and reservists with their legal needs. The program targets veterans who are unemployed and at risk of homelessness by offering legal services, clinics, and self-help workshops in the areas of: Clearing Outstanding Tickets and Warrants; Reinstating California Driver Licenses; and Expungements: Clearing Criminal Record for Employment. These issues can lead to the loss of employment and contribute to the high number of homeless veterans throughout Los Angeles. The Project also offers pro bono placement for veterans needing assistance with Discharge Upgrades or Estate Planning Services. The Project collaborates with U.S. VETS and Los Angeles County to offer pro bono legal services at Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. No previous experience is necessary, and training will be provided. To learn more, contact Project Director Andrew Culberson at aculberson@lacba.org.

LACBAs’ Immigration Legal Assistance Project is now accepting volunteer attorneys, law school students, and paralegals who are interested in gaining experience in immigration law and procedures. As a volunteer, you provide advice and consultations for US Citizens and immigrants seeking information on political asylum, green cards, work permits, travel permits, and “know your rights” under the law. You will also assist immigrants with family petitions; US citizenship applications; lost green cards, DACA, and much more. The Project also works with the homeless community and veterans of the armed forces, many who have lost their immigration paperwork and need proof of immigration status to obtain public benefits. The Project helped more than 12,000 people last year. This is a great opportunity to help a community in dire need of quality immigration legal services. No experience is necessary. To learn more, contact Project Director Mary Mucha at mmucha@lacba.org.

LACBA’s AIDS Legal Service Project (ALSP) has provided direct one-on-one pro bono legal representation to people living with HIV and AIDS who have an HIV-related legal problem since 1986.  There are over one million Americans living with HIV, with at least 60,000 in Los Angeles County alone. The pro bono clients ALSP represents are the most marginalized and under resourced populations in our community. They face a myriad list of medical and social service needs, in addition to a host of legal issues, ranging from traditional “poverty law” challenges of eviction defense and public benefit denials, to cutting edge civil rights issues involving discrimination, asylum, and denial of care. ALSP also provides pro bono legal services to low-income people living with HIV and AIDS throughout Los Angeles County on a wide range of issues, including employment, immigration, HIV discrimination, insurance benefits, estate planning, and debt relief. The Project accepts newer attorneys primarily at law firms where partners can supervise their work. To learn more, contact Project Director Laurie Aronoff at laronoff@lacba.org.