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Pro Bono and Community Service Activities

LAPA’s Pro Bono and Community Services Committee is committed to bringing information about volunteer and pro bono opportunities to those interested. The Committee is constantly working with these and other organizations to learn about opportunities so they can share this information. Please feel free to contact your Pro Bono and Community Services Committee at probono@lapa.org with any questions or for further information.

Featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal: The 2011 LAPA Pro Bono Fair


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BET TZEDEK LEGAL SERVICES


3250 Wilshire Boulevard, 13th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90010

Bet Tzedek is one of the nation's premier legal services organizations providing free assistance to more than 10,000 people of every racial and religious background. Bet Tzedek makes a crucial difference in the lives of the most vulnerable members of the community. Bet Tzedek's practice focuses primarily on Landlord/Tenant, Consumer Protection, Home Foreclosures, Employment Rights, Collections, Bankruptcy, Guardianship, Conservatorship and Supplemental Security Income issues.

Pro bono, volunteer, and internship opportunities are available at Bet Tzedek. In order to perform pro bono, volunteer and/or internship services for Bet Tzedek, please visit Bet Tzedek’s website at www.bettzedek.org. You may also fill out and submit to Bet Tzedek the application here. Volunteers should direct further questions to the Pro Bono and Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@bettzedek.org.

PUBLIC COUNSEL LAW CENTER


610 So. Ardmore Ave.
Los Angeles, California 90005
www.publiccounsel.org
(213) 385-2977

Public Counsel Law Center and the Los Angeles Paralegal Association have had a long and happy relationship. LAPA has been a critical engine behind Public Counsel's celebrated Adoptions Project by its members providing technical support at the law firms that arrange the adoptions and then event support at the joyous Saturday Adoption Day celebrations held twice a year at the Edelman Children’s Courthouse east of downtown Los Angeles.

LAPA volunteers have also led the way in critically needed interpreter and translation support for all seven of our law projects. LAPA volunteers have translated hundreds of documents. Assignments have included asylum declarations, victim testimony, adoption proceedings, and an enormous booklet on corporate governance that was forwarded to hundreds of nonprofit executive directors that serve Los Angeles’ vast Spanish-speaking communities in need.

Public Counsel is the largest pro bono public interest law firm in the world. Founded in 1970, Public Counsel is dedicated to advancing equal justice under law by delivering free legal and social services to the most vulnerable members of our community, including abused and abandoned children, homeless families and veterans, senior citizens, victims of consumer fraud and nonprofit organizations serving low-income communities.

Paralegals can help in Public Counsel’s work in many ways: remotely, as translators and researchers, or by working in the field, assisting their supervisors who have taken Public Counsel pro bono cases, or by volunteering at a legal clinic or at a special event. For more information about volunteering at Public Counsel, please visit their website at www.publiccounsel.org and/or contact David Daniels at (213) 385-2977 x101 or ddaniels@publiccounsel.org.

 
 

INNER CITY LAW CENTER


Jennifer Dasteel
Director of Pro Bono

Inner City Law Center
1309 East 7th Street
Los Angeles, California 90021
Main Line: (213) 891-2880
Direct Line: (213) 891- 3207
Facsimile: (213) 891-2888
www.innercitylaw.org

Inner City Law Center (“ICLC”) has been serving the poorest and most vulnerable individuals and families in Los Angeles County since 1980. Founded on the basic principle that every human being should be treated with dignity and respect at all times, ICLC, through its staff of 30 attorneys, advocates, tenant organizers, social workers, and other professionals, provides free legal representation and social service advocacy to over 2,000 homeless and working poor clients each year. For many clients, ICLC is the first step out of homelessness and into safe and dignified housing. As the only full-time provider of legal services headquartered on Skid Row, ICLC is widely recognized for its expertise in housing issues, as well as government and veterans benefits.

ICLC has three pro bono projects that require pro bono paralegal assistance:
(1) Slum Housing Litigation. The slum housing litigation team sues slumlords on behalf of tenants living in uninhabitable conditions, forcing the slumlords to fix up their buildings pay damages to the tenants. Bilingual (Spanish-English) pro bono paralegals draft discovery responses, prepare documents for filing, manage clients, assist with administrative work and trial preparations. Requires a commitment of 10 hr/wk commitment or of three full weekdays. Bilingual, Spanish-English proficiency required.

(2) Homeless Veterans Project. The homeless veterans project assists homeless veterans apply for V.A. benefits and healthcare that they deserve. Pro bono paralegals will assist with document review, administrative assistance, client management, and application review. Requires a commitment of either 10 hr/wk for 3 months or a minimum of one full time week.

(3) Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Defense & Advocacy. Attorneys doing unlawful detainer defense work, represent low-income tenants defending them from eviction and preventing homelessness. Pro bono paralegals assist in client screening, intake, document review, drafting pleadings, and trial preparations. Requires a commitment of either 10 hr/wk for 3 months or a minimum of one full time week.

THE BEVERLY HILLS BAR ASSOCIATION


9420 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor
Beverly Hills, California 90212
Main Line: (310) 601-2422
Facsimile: (310) 601-2423
www.bhba.org

The Beverly Hills Bar Association is the largest voluntary bar association in Los Angeles' Westside and is committed to enhancing public access to justice and community outreach programs. The Beverly Hills Bar Association offers the following three opportunities for paralegals to assist the community:

(1) Every first Saturday of the month from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Roxbury Park (Olympic at Roxbury Drive in Beverly Hills next to the Recreation Center) attorneys provide basic legal information to people who come on regular basis referred by friends, relatives or neighbors and answer questions about consumer rights, landlord-tenant issues, insurance problems, family law, and bankruptcy. Paralegals who work in the workers’ compensation and disability fields could be of great help

(2) Law Day “Ask-A-Lawyer” program held each May (first Saturday from 9:00 a.m to 12:00 noon) in conjunction with the ABA’s National Law Day wherein volunteer lawyers provide brief legal consultations at two locations: Farmers Market on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles and at the Roxbury Park in Beverly Hills.

(3) The Seniors Legal Handbook, which covers income tax problems in general, consumer’s protection and probate issues.

NORWALK SUPERIOR COURT FAMILY LAW SELF-HELP CENTER


12720 South Norwalk Boulevard, Room 104
Norwalk, California 90650

The Norwalk Superior Court Family Law Self-Help Center (Self-Help Center) provides legal information to self-represented litigants in their family law cases, which includes addressing issues of dissolution of marriage, paternity, child custody/visitation, child support, spousal support, and more. The Self-Help Center assists litigants in preparing their petitions, responses, requests for orders, findings and orders after hearings, proofs of service, etc., which means that volunteers would receive experience in a broad range of family law matters and procedures. The Self-Help Center currently has a strong team of attorneys, paralegals, staff, volunteers, and AmeriCorps members in their office, so this is a rich environment in which to learn. If you would like further information about this opportunity, please contact:

Michelle Yashar
myashar@lasuperiorcourt.org
Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow
Veterans Legal Corps
Los Angeles Superior Court
(562) 807-7302

THE LEGAL AID FOUNDATION BATTERED IMMIGRANT WOMEN’S PROJECT


The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (“LAFLA”) provides free counsel, representation, advocacy and community education in the substantive areas of housing, government benefits, family, consumer, immigration and employment law, as well as community economic development to the working poor of Los Angeles. The family clinics are located in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles, and the West District Court in Santa Monica. Paralegals can design their own project, which can include legal research and drafting correspondence. LAFLA is located at 1640 5th Street, Santa Monica, California 90401 and the contact person is David Ackerly who can be reached at (310) 899-6200. For more information about LAFLA, please visit www.lafla.org.

HARRIETT BUHAI CENTER


3250 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite #710
Los Angeles, California 90010

The mission of the Harriett Buhai Center (“Center”) is to provide family law assistance to low income families in Los Angeles County through the efforts of volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students assuring those families access to the courts, reducing poverty among children and single parents and stopping domestic violence directed toward women and children. For more detailed information please visit www.hbcfl.org/get_involved.htm

THE ALLIANCE FOR CHILDREN'S RIGHTS

The Alliance For Children's Rights (“Alliance”) is the leading service organization in Los Angeles dedicated solely to protect impoverished and abused children. Since its inception in 1992, the Alliance has served nearly 60,000 youths who “age out” of the foster care system in Los Angeles without being prepared for the challenges of adulthood. The Alliance becomes a lifeline that helps guide these 16 to 24 year olds through the difficult transition from foster care to independence by educating them about their legal rights and responsibilities and empowering them with skill building workshops and access to resources. The Alliance program is designed to further support these youths by providing them with caring, consistent adult role models. The Alliance is located at:

3333 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 550
Los Angeles, California 90010

Contact:
Yolanda McFarlane
Intake Manager
y.mcfarlane@kids-alliance.org

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