Volunteer Attorneys

Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
— Psalm 82:3-4
 
 

In order to provide high quality legal assistance for our low income neighbors, the Clinic relies on volunteer attorneys. Volunteer for justice through serving on the Intake Team, taking a Case Referral/s, participating at an Event Day or serving on the Counsel and Advice Team.

Walk-in Legal Intakes

Intake Team

Clinic intakes happen every day of the week except Sundays at different churches and community centers in Marion and the surrounding counties. Intakes are designed as a point of entry for prospective clients. At intakes, four (4) prospective clients are interviewed about their legal issue(s). The intake sessions are held at various times and locations and are a maximum of two (2) hours. Attorneys are asked to commit to one intake location per month, For example: Attorney Sam Smith covers the first Monday of every month at the same location from 4-6 p.m.

This volunteer opportunity is ideal for both new attorneys desiring to gain experience and attorneys seeking a minimal time commitment option.

Qualifications: Attorneys must have an active Indiana Bar and be in good standing, complete the volunteer paperwork, and attend one (1) hour intake training.  On-site intake training will be provided for the first experience.

 
Case Referral

Case Referrals

The Clinic serves clients in many legal areas and relies on experienced attorneys to take case referrals in the following areas: Bankruptcy, Consumer/Debt, Expungement, Housing/Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Tax Controversies, Wills/Estate planning, Family Law for domestic violence victims such as Protective Orders, Divorce and in the areas of Child Support, Paternity, uncontested Guardianships; Immigration in the areas of Refugee Adjustments, Family Reunifications, UVisas and VAWAs; Ex-offender case issues such as Clearing Records and License cases.  Attorneys are encouraged to take one or more case referrals. Training, mentoring and support will be provided to all attorneys who take referral cases.  Continuing Legal Education Seminars (CLE’s) are offered at no cost throughout the year and are a great resource for those taking referral cases.  Attorneys typically use their own office and resources to assist referral clients.  If office or meeting space is needed, the Clinic will gladly provide space during the Clinic’s business hours (8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.).  Lastly, if you have experience in a practice area not listed, please let us know. Often the Clinic comes across cases that do not fall under our regular service areas but are viable referral cases. 

Qualifications:  Attorneys must have an active Indiana bar (any bar for Immigration or Tax) in good standing, complete volunteer paperwork, attend training and receive mentoring.

 
One-Day Events

Event Days

Throughout the year the Clinic hosts one-day events where multiple volunteers assist a large number of clients with application based legal cases. For example, Refugee Adjustment Day is an event where volunteer attorneys assist the Clinic’s refugee clients. Training is conducted and then volunteers are released to interview and assist clients with their application for adjustment to obtain their green card. The one-day events are energetic, action-packed and fun Saturdays at the Clinic. The Clinic does these types of one-day events with multiple application-based case types. One-day events are great for attorneys who want meaningful client interaction, and experience in a new practice area.     

Qualifications:  Volunteer attorneys must have an active Indiana bar (any bar for Immigration or Tax) in good standing, complete volunteer paperwork and attend training the day of the event.

 
Program Volunteers

Counsel and Advice Team

This volunteer opportunity will be focused on providing clients with in-depth counsel and advice over the phone after they have attended an intake as part of giving an increased level of engagement for the volunteer, as well as providing a much-needed service to the client.  Prospective volunteers may phone clients from the convenience of their office, home, other or use the Clinic offices.  Volunteers will be asked to commit to 5 clients per month, and they should make the phone call to the client within 5 business days from the date of assignment. The Clinic will provide malpractice insurance, which will cover the attorney-client relationship during the call itself, for all who volunteer on this team. The Clinic will be responsible for identifying the practice areas where additional counsel and advice may be beneficial.   The Clinic will provide training for those who are interested in being part of the team. 

Qualifications:  Volunteer attorneys must be active and in good standing with the Indiana Bar in order to serve on the Counsel and Advice team. Volunteers must complete volunteer paperwork and attend training.