Last year, LACBA's Domestic Violence Project helped nearly 10,000 persons, and LACBA volunteers make a difference every day. During the course of a three-hour shift, a volunteer can help as many as three victims who seek protection from their abusers. Volunteers interview clients and complete legal documents to obtain restraining orders, a necessary first step in handling domestic violence situations.
The project operates at two Superior Court locations: Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena. The majority of the project's funding, which enables the project to provide its services, comes from the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation.
Becoming a Volunteer: What You Need to Know
- No previous experience in this area of law is necessary. Volunteers attend one evening training session, which provides 3.0 hours of CLE credit.
- All volunteers must be LACBA members. Computer efficiency is required
- Attorneys, paralegals, and law students volunteer for two 3-hour commitments per month for seven months. There is no contemplation of employment. Volunteer hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 or 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
- The Domestic Violence Project, which operates out of two courtroom spaces in the Central and Pasadena Districts of the Los Angeles Superior Court, is a joint project with the Los Angeles Superior Court.
- No ongoing representation is required, although volunteers have the option of representing clients at the time of the hearing.
When you become a volunteer, you can gain expertise in an area of family law. Through the commitment of new volunteers working with project veterans, the project can continue to protect victims and their children, as well as sexually abused minors and abused elderly persons.
This project is a joint effort with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, which provides space for the project, parking for the volunteers, and assistance with volunteer training programs.
For information contact Directing Attorney Deborah Kelly by email or call her at: (213) 896-6491.
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