Volunteers help domestic violence 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. Average case length: 2-4 weeks. Average time commitment: 15 hours. 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. If you are a registered and trained volunteer, please complete the form below to be matched with a client. You will be prompted to denote days which you are available to represent a client in a hearing, and we will match you with a client whose hearing falls on that day. Please contact our Domestic Violence Program Manager with questions.
Having the support of a lawyer in crafting their TPO petition and knowing their legal rights significantly increases a survivor’s chance of securing long-term safety & stability. Just a few hours of your time makes a lasting impact.
The Protection Assistance Project operates on Tuesdays from 9am-1pm and 12pm-4pm. Volunteers are on-call for a 4-hour shift. Calls come in throughout the shift and are passed to volunteers as we receive them. Each petition takes about an hour to draft.
In light of the Superior Court’s recent update allowing for in person filing with 25% capacity, an increased number of survivors are now opting to file for CPOs in person. As a result, we have made the decision to temporarily pause staffing the Protection Assistance Project beginning on August 17, 2021 until we can determine the specific volume of survivors who will continue utilizing the Court’s online filing system.
Volunteers help domestic violence survivors and their children find long-term safety and stability through a permanent custody and/or divorce order.
These cases provide a full range of supervised litigation experience, including discovery, motions, negotiations, and hearings. Average case length: 6-12 months with hearings every 2-3 months. All hearings are currently held virtually. Please contact our Domestic Violence Program Manager if you are interested in representing a Custody and Divorce client.
Having the guidance of a lawyer on protection orders, custody, and divorce matters helps survivors know their rights and increases their chances of securing safety and stability. Just a few hours of your time makes a lasting impact.
The Virtual Family Legal Clinic operates on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4pm via Zoom. Volunteers are on-call for a 4-hour shift. Pre-scheduled clients meet with volunteers via video or phone. Spanish speaking volunteers are especially needed! Note: The Virtual Family Legal Clinic will only operate on Wednesdays from May 5-July 31, 2021. The clinic will resume its Friday hours beginning in August 2021.
If you are a registered and trained volunteer who would like to provide legal advice on protection orders, custody, and divorce matters, please contact our Domestic Violence Program Manager to sign up. You will be provided with training resources and more logistical details in advance of your shift.
Volunteers represent the best interests of children at serious risk of harm in custody cases, due to concerning factors such as abuse and domestic violence.
These cases provide substantial supervised experience in investigation, negotiation, and litigation. Average case length: 6-12 months with hearings every 2-3 months. All hearings are currently held virtually. Please contact our Child Advocacy Program Manager if you are interested in representing the best interests of a child client as a Guardian ad litem.
Volunteers help immigrant survivors of violence and their families find relief through a variety of means, such as asylum, special visas for victims of crime, standby guardianship, and adjustments in status.
Activities include preparing applications for immigration relief, appearing at administrative hearings, helping survivors prepare for immigration interviews, and other activities. Average case length: varies depending on type of case. Average time commitment: 10-15 hours per month. Please contact our Immigration Program Manager if you are interested in representing an immigrant survivor.
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