Everybody has to start somewhere, and The Pro Bono Project is where many law students get their first real taste of the justice system and perform their required hours of community service.
Students come from law schools locally and across the country to assist with legal research, draft pleadings under the supervision of one of the staff lawyers, conduct interviews with clients, staff clinics, and help with case assignments.
They see firsthand the experiences of the clients, the volunteer lawyers, and how the justice system works. The Pro Bono Project helps law students transition from experiencing the law as legal theory to practically applying the law as an active tool for enhancing people’s lives.
You don’t have to be a lawyer or a law student to volunteer with The Pro Bono Project. Do you have a specific area of interest or have a talent for organizing events or fundraising? The Project offers opportunities for lay volunteers to make meaningful and personally satisfying contributions to our community. People from a wide range of backgrounds have aided The Project and its clients. For example:
- Court reporters who provide depositions pro bono
- Social workers who donate their services
- Private investigators who help clients locate adverse parties
- Accountants who assist with calculations
- Interpreters for the expanding community of residents for whom English is a second language
- Communicators to help promote The Project through various media
- Undergraduate students fulfilling service hour requirements
In addition to case-related lay volunteers, The Pro Bono Project always is in need of people who can help in the office with filing, database management, event support, fundraising, and a host of other non-legal activities. These tasks are critical to ensuring that The Pro Bono Project can fulfill its mission of providing underrepresented clients with access to civil legal justice and thereby enhancing the quality of life in the community at large.