Domestic-Violence



For more than three decades, battered and broken victims of domestic violence have solemnly made the trip to Los Angeles Superior Court seeking help. With them come their wounds, their injuries, their fears, and often their children. Navigating the judicial maze that comprises Stanley Mosk Courthouse at First and Hill in Los Angeles is an intimidating task. Yet the victims come. Sent by law enforcement. Sent by shelters. Sent by social workers. Or sometimes, driven by their personal desire for physical salvation and safety.


They come because they have been told there is help. And, they are right... there is help. That help is you. Volunteers work one-on-one with victims, assisting the Pro Per Litigant in preparing the complicated and lengthy legal document, which is required in order to file for a Temporary Restraining Order. The orders may include stay-away orders, move-out orders, and child custody orders. Often, the relief sought is granted on the same day. Volunteers are attorneys, paralegals, and law students, and they work under the supervision of the Domestic Violence Legal Services Project, Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly and Project Coordinator Sara Rondon.

Attorney volunteer Geoffrey Moss says, “Volunteering at LACBA’s Domestic Violence Project has been a rewarding way to give back and provide immediate, meaningful help to those in need. Domestic violence is an issue that affects people from all walks of life, and the project is a wonderful resource to help them navigate a daunting and unfamiliar legal system. Giving back to the community through pro bono work is an expectation at my firm, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, and the fact that six Orrick associates choose to give their time to the project speaks volumes about its importance.”

Volunteers commit to two three-hour sessions per month for seven months. There is no contemplation of employment. All volunteer hours take place during the day, Monday-Friday only. No prior experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be LACBA members, and computer efficiency is required. No ongoing representation is necessary. Bring with you nothing but your compassion and willingness to make a difference in someone's life.

111 N. Hill St., Room 235
Los Angeles, CA  90012