Summer Associate Pro Bono at VLSP

VLSP's Summer Associate Pro Bono Opportunities


Pro Se Divorce Clinic
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Frequency: Monthly/twice-monthly
Location: MCBA's Rubin Center for Education, One West Main Street, 5th Floor, or Hall of Justice
Description: Help provide support for 30 to 40 clients as they prepare the paperwork necessary to obtain a default divorce. An experienced matrimonial attorney provides instructions.

Family Law Clinic
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Frequency: Twice monthly
Location: VLSP, One West Main Street, 5th Floor
Description: Assist attorneys meeting with clients to determine whether or not Family Court custody or visitation petitions should be filed.

Alternatives for Battered Women (ABW) Clinic
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Frequency: First Monday of the month
Location: ABW
Description: Assist clients completing in-take sheets for assignment to pro bono divorce attorneys through VLSP.

Debt Clinic
Time: 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Frequency: Monthly
Location: Federal Building, 100 State Street
Description: Review financial questionnaires completed by clients, help determine whether or not clients should participate in individual debt counseling sessions with attorneys.

Case Referrals

Unemployment Insurance Benefits Denials
Training is available through VLSP to represent individuals appealing the denial of unemployment insurance benefits before an Administrative Law Judge. Practice Order is not required. Additional information is available online at

Client Interviews, Document Preparation and Research
VLSP has on-going opportunities to interview clients, review drafts of pleadings and other documents, and provide research assistance to attorneys working on cases in numerous areas of civil law.

Summer associates are needed to work on two new VLSP programs, a Pro Se Bankruptcy Clinic and a Hotline. Assistance is needed working with bankruptcy and VLSP staff attorneys to develop practice guides and forms for volunteer attorneys and litigants. This is an excellent opportunity to produce a substantial writing sample.

Translation and Interpretation
Volunteer to provide translation or interpretation services. The need is most urgent in the areas of Spanish and American Sign Language.

IT Support
Assistance is needed to post available cases on the Web site. IT experience is not necessary.

Contact Information
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Linda Kostin, Pro Bono Coordinator, at 585-295-5703 or