Attention: Volunteer Legal Services Project of Monroe County

VLSP coordinates the delivery of free civil legal services by approximately 700 volunteer private lawyers to low-income residents of Monroe County. The types of cases in which volunteer attorneys provide pro bono service include Domestic Violence Divorces and Post-Divorce proceedings, Family Court Child Support and Custody Cases (initial orders or modifications) involving domestic violence, name changes, landlord-tenant, unemployment insurance, bankruptcy, consumer, income tax, Foreclosure, Immigration and Naturalization, Nonprofit Organizations, Micro-Entrepreneur, Community Development, wills and additional estate planning, among others. Pro bono attorneys accept cases in which they provide full representation. Pro bono attorneys can also participate at one of VLSP’s Help Centers, the Federal Pro Se Assistance Program or the VLSP clinics: Family Law Custody Clinic, Debt Management Advice, Wills, or the Lawyer of the Morning Program. Law student volunteers can participate in the Law Students in Action Program to assist with legal research, drafting court documents, and staffing VLSP clinics.

  • County(s) of Volunteer Opportunity: Monroe
  • Area of law: Community Development, Consumer, Debt/Credit/Bankruptcy, Family & Juvenile, Foreclosure, Health, Immigration & Naturalization, Life Planning, Nonprofit Organizations, Unemployment Insurance, Wills, Guardianships, and Pro Se Clinics
  • Populations Served: Low Income
  • Opportunities For: Interpreters, Law Students, Lawyers, Paralegals
  • Need for non-English services: Signers for the deaf: ASL, Spanish
  • Hours for Pro Bono Opportunities: Evenings, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Weekends
  • Malpractice insurance is provided for volunteers: Yes
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Training Required: No
  • CLE credit for trainings: Yes
  • CLE credit for pro bono: Yes
  • Mentoring or supervision offered: Yes
  • Volunteer lawyers need to meet a caseload or hours requirement: No
  • Long Distance Opportunities: Mentor Volunteer Lawyers
  • Other Long Distance Opportunities: Meet with Clients via Webcam
  • Volunteers may participate long-distance: Yes
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