Volunteer Opportunities at DC Volunteer Lawyers Project 

The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project (DCVLP) supports and trains volunteer attorneys to represent domestic violence survivors and at-risk children in DC Superior Court. DCVLP offers to all volunteers: comprehensive training programs, live and online; mentorship by an experienced supervising attorney, who reviews all written work and accompanies the volunteer to court; access to an extensive resource library, including sample pleadings; administrative support, malpractice insurance, and more.

Representing Domestic Violence Survivors in Civil Protection Order Cases

Next live training: May 4th, 2017, 10am-2pm
In our Civil Protection Order (CPO) practice area, volunteers help DV survivors find immediate safety from their abusers through a CPO, or “stay-away” order. These cases provide supervised in-court litigation experience in a short time frame, with each case lasting just 8-12 days. Volunteers may sign up far in advance to represent a client on a certain hearing date, allowing busy attorneys to predict when they will need to be in court.

Representing a Domestic Violence Survivor in a Family Law Case

Next live training: March 7th, 2017, 10am-2:30pm
In our Family Law practice area, volunteers help DV survivors and their children find long-term safety and stability through a permanent custody/divorce order. These cases provide a full range of litigation experience, including discovery, motions, negotiations, and hearings. Cases last 6-12 months, with court hearings once every 2-3 months, and require about 10 hours of work per month on average. After the initial hearing, the volunteer has input into all hearing dates.

Representing an At-Risk Child

Next live training: March 15th, 2017, 9:30am-2:30pm
In our Guardian Ad Litem practice area, volunteers represent the best interests of children at serious risk of harm in custody cases, due to concerning factors such as parental drug abuse. These cases provide substantial experience in investigation and negotiation. Cases last 6-12 months, with court hearings once every 2-3 months, and require about 10 hours of work per month on average. After the initial hearing, the GAL has input into all hearing dates.

 

To RSVP to a live training, or to request access to our online trainings, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Emilia Plater-Zyberk, at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org. With any questions, please email Emilia at eplaterzyberk@dcvlp.org.