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Pro Bono Opportunities

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Pro Bono Opportunities

Pro Bono Opportunities

Self Help Resource Center

The Self Help Resource Center at EBR Family Court allows law students and staff to meet one-on-one with pro se litigants and potentially self-represented litigants to give information about Family Court and court-approved forms. One attorney volunteer will be on hand to supervise at all times. This is a great opportunity for students to work directly with the public and network with attorneys. Students are required to attend training before they can volunteer. The Self Help Resource Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on the 4th floor of the 19th JDC located at 300 North Blvd.

Teen Court

Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program in which teens sentence their peers for first-time misdemeanor offenses, such as shoplifting, school altercations, and damage to property.  Teen volunteers perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiffs, and jurors. In Teen Court the defendant has admitted guilt; therefore, the jury’s responsibility is to determine a constructive sentence. Teen Court hearings are held in a local courthouse with strict confidentiality.  Licensed attorneys serve as judges. Defendants are questioned by both the teen defense and prosecution attorneys to determine the circumstances of the offense. After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, the teen jury determines a fair and constructive sentence, which may include community service and participation in future teen court sessions, counseling, attending educational programs, writing essays and letters of apology, and repaying the victim.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

The Law Center has for the last ten years hosted a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the law library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays in the spring semester. The returns are done on a pro bono basis for taxpayers whose income does not exceed $60,000. Students are needed to assist with client intake and other support services.

Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)

Everybody Reads: This program provides individualized reading assistance for first, second, and third grade students who read below grade level. VIPs recruits, orients, and places volunteer Reading Friends in Public Schools to share the joy of reading and improve reading skills.
Everyone Counts: This program provides individualized math assistance for second and third graders who are struggling to understand basic math concepts. VIPS recruits, trains, and assigns volunteer Math Friends to serve in public schools. The volunteer works with his or her student weekly, using items from the VIP’s Math kit to reinforce math concepts.
Note: One law student will be matched to one child for the semester. The child and law student will meet only one day per week for at least an hour. The law student has the liberty to choose a day and time that is most convenient for his or her schedule.