Volunteer Opportunities Page


LACBA Pro Bono Policy

The list, below, presents a variety of opportunities to participate in volunteer and pro bono activities. If you know of other opportunities that might be of interest, please forward them to webmaster@lacba.org. LACBA encourages everyone to become involved and you must be a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association to participate.

LACBA Projects

AIDS Legal Service Project
Center for Civic Mediation
Dialogues on Freedom
Domestic Violence Project
Immigration Legal Assistance Project
Veterans Pro Bono Project

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Appellate Court Experience Program
Court Appointed Special Advocates Office of the Superior Court
Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
High School Mentoring Program
High School Mock Trials
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center
Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic
Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County
Public Counsel Law Center
Temporary Judge, L.A. Superior Court
Western Center on Law & Poverty

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AIDS Legal Service Project
Pro bono attorneys provide direct legal assistance to low-income people living with HIV or AIDS on a wide range of legal issues including wills, debtor relief, employment, landlord/tenant problems, insurance disputes, immigration and discrimination. Volunteer by filling out the online form.

Court Appointed Special Advocates Office of the Superior Court
The Court Appointed Special Advocates Office serves the needs of abused, neglected and abandoned children in the Dependency Court system. The office recruits, trains, supervises and supports community volunteers who investigate the circumstances of the child, facilitate the provision of services, monitor compliance with the orders of the court, and advocate in the court and in the community for the best interests of the child. More information is available.


Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law
Founded in 1982, the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law is one of the largest providers of family law and domestic violence assistance to low-income persons in Los Angeles. The focus of the Center's efforts is on legal problems involving custody, visitation, support of children, domestic violence, and establishing parentage. We welcome lawyers, law graduates and students, paralegals, retirees and others to become involved in the Center's programs. Persons without extensive family law background are asked to attend a New Volunteer Training seminar where they receive instruction and an extensive practice manual. Volunteers typically come to the Center one day a month to assist with appointments. Students must participate in the Center's annual new volunteer training workshop before they begin to work. A student volunteer, however, may begin working at the Center prior to attending the training if he or she is: (1) fluent in Spanish, or (2) experienced in family law, with three or more years of experience, or (3) invited to join by an existing volunteer who will serve as mentor. For more information, email us at volunteer@hbcfl.org, or telephone us at (213) 388-7505, ext. 319. Harriett Buhai Center publishes the following publications: California Family Law Basics, and Family Law Guide for Domestic Violence Counselors and Advocates .

High School Mentoring Program
The Los Angeles County Bar Association has established a high school mentoring program to connect local high school students with lawyers and judges in Los Angeles County who can serve as mentors and role models, and, in the process, motivate and assist students in pursuing a career in the legal profession.

High School Mock Trials
Nearly 2,000 students from 105 area schools will participate in this year's Mock Trial Competition. Volunteer now to be a scorer or coach (requires a bit more time with the students). It is one of the most rewarding and enjoyable activities you will ever volunteer for.

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
As LA's frontline law firm for low-income people, they promote access to justice, strengthen communities, combat discrimination, and effect systemic change through representation, advocacy, and community education. Always in need of pro bono attorneys, the foundation runs a series of trainings.

Levitt & Quinn Family Law Center
Levitt Quinn provides family law legal services for poor families who are unable to obtain free representation from other legal services providers or to afford private attorney representation. Priority is given to cases involving the safety and well-being of children. Levitt Quinn attorneys provide legal representation at court hearings and trials; and legal advice and counsel in cases impacting the safety and well being of children. Key areas of practice include adoption, child and spouse support, custody, visitation, domestic violence, marital dissolution and paternity. Each year we receive more than 6,000 inquires, provide legal information and services to more than 1,500 families, accept more than 800 clients for representation and make hundreds of court appearances on behalf of those clients. We welcome lawyers, law graduates and students, paralegals, retirees and community volunteers. There are many volunteer opportunities to support our Legal Services Department, Development Office or our Outreach Department. To learn about becoming a volunteer please call (213) 482-1800, ext. 301, email shulse@levittquinn.org, or visit us at www.levittquinn.org.

Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic

LA Lawyers Philharmonic

Do you sing or play an instrument? The Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic and Legal Voices are looking for a few advanced musicians who are lawyers, judges, legal assistants and law students. For more info, visit www.LALawyersPhil.org or email audition@LALawyersPhil.org.

Neighborhood Legal Services
Our Family Law Advocacy Group is seeking pro bono attorneys to assist survivors of domestic violence in San Fernando Valley, Antelope Valley, and San Gabriel Valley. Currently, we have two types of volunteer opportunities - the domestic violence restraining order clinics and the family law pro bono placement program.

In our domestic violence clinics, we help clients prepare requests for restraining orders. Our clinics are located in the Van Nuys, San Fernando, Burbank, and Lancaster courthouses. Pro bono attorneys assist clients in filling out paperwork, supervise volunteers, provide information about the restraining order process, and give referrals. If you are interested in working in our domestic violence clinics, please contact Maribel Jimenez at (800) 433-6251 x 116

Through our pro bono placement program, we provide representation to clients at their permanent restraining order hearings. Pro bono attorneys review the TRO application and supplement the declaration if necessary, meet with the client, prepare for a full adversarial hearing which may include direct and cross examination, and represent the client in court.If you are interested in representing clients through our pro bono placement program, please contact our Director of Pro Bono and Operations, Sharon Bashan at (800) 433-6251 x 497

Our volunteer opportunities are ideal for new members of the Bar. We provide family law and litigation training, and new attorneys are paired with experienced family law attorneys. There is no better way to get courtroom experience and this is a great way to network with established attorneys in the community. We look forward to hearing from you!

Public Counsel Law Center
Public Counsel assists low-income children, youth, adults and families, as well as eligible community organizations, in Los Angeles County. Public Counsel's six law projects provide a wide spectrum of civil representation to those who live at or below the poverty level. Volunteer (pro bono) attorneys have the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects - large and small, litigation and transactional matters. Our staff provides training, model pleadings and forms and consultation to volunteers. The substantive areas in which we work include:

Transactional

  • Child Care Law Project--offers advice and pro bono representation to low- income family home day care providers and nonprofit child care centers.
  • Community Development Project - provides transactional and business legal assistance to nonprofit community organizations and needy micro-businesses whose limited resources cannot support payment of legal fees.

Litigation and Advocacy

  • Children's Rights Project--assists children in civil legal matters such as adoption, special education, guardianship, special education, government benefits, emancipation, teen parents' issues, and immigration.
  • Consumer Law Project--represents victums such as home equity fraud victims, elder abuse, victims of predatory lenders, used car scam victums, and victims of independent paralegal--or notario--fraud.
  • Homelessness Prevention Law Project - provides pro bono legal services to the growing homeless veteran, family and at-risk youth population, and acts as a resource to service providers working with this population in urgent need.
  • Immigrants' Rights Project - offers pro bono representation to individuals from over 30 different countries. Individuals seeking political asylum based upon racial, religious or political persecution and immigrants with long-term ties to the United States as well as clients seeking VAWA protections are provided with representation in immigration and federal courts.
Temporary Judge, L.A. Superior Court
  • L.A. Superior Court Temporary Judge Program
    The Los Angeles Superior Court invites interested attorneys who have been members of the California State Bar for at least 10 years to submit an application and participate in training programs in satisfaction of the Judicial Council's new requirements.

Western Center on Law & Poverty

Western Center leads the fight in the courts, counties, and capital to secure housing, healthcare, and a strong safety net for low-income Californians.

The Los Angeles office is staffed by 9 attorneys. Most have actively worked on poverty law issues for over a decade and some have two or three decades of experience. The staff includes specialists in housing, health care, public benefits, court access, attorneys' fees, civil procedure, and appellate practice. The staff also has experience in civil rights, education, employment, and other areas of the law affecting the poor.

To donate your time towards event or office support, please contact Jason Rivera at: jrivera@wclp.org or to donate pro bono legal services, please contact Dick Rothschild, Director of Litegation at: rrothschild@wclp.org

You can obtain more information about the Western Center on Law & Poverty by visiting their website.