What are the volunteering options?
Most of our volunteers are attorneys or law students who meet with prospective clients at our legal clinics. We currently have three clinics, each of which meets once per month, including two at the Central Union Mission and one at the DC Dream Center. You can also apply or offer to help us with various non-legal strategic and administrative needs (anyone). Stay up to date with all volunteer opportunities and events at our Facebook page.
How can I apply to volunteer?
If you're interested in volunteering as an attorney, law student, or in another capacity, please fill out our Volunteer Questionnaire and return it to us by email at email@example.com or fax to (202) 380-0486. Feel free to specify any particular clinic at which you'd prefer to volunteer.
Are there any requirements before volunteering at one of CLADC's clinics?
All volunteers are required to attend training prior to serving. You can register for our next Orientation here. You do not need to be a Christian or religious at all to volunteer. Please then contact the clinic director(s) for the specific clinic at which you'd like to volunteer. The clinic directors' email addresses can be found on our Legal Clinics page.
How do the clinics work?
Each of our four clinics is managed by a different volunteer clinic director or pair of co-directors. All of our clinics take both appointments and walk-ins. The clinic directors generally assign one or more volunteers to a particular prospective client. Volunteers are encouraged to take their time with the clients, listen to their story, and try to identify and help them with their legal needs. Often, our clients also need assistance with practical and administrative matters, and someone to listen to them with compassion. Our overall goal is to deliver quality legal services in the love of Christ.
Who should volunteer?
We are often in need of more attorney volunteers, but there is plenty of work for anyone willing to help, including paralegals, law students and others with a heart to serve the poor. We are also looking for people who can help us outside of the typical, monthly clinics on tasks such as follow-up legal research, church outreach, communications, marketing, event planning and fundraising. Please let us know if you have any special skills, or would generally be interested in volunteering.
What experience is required?
Although helpful, no prior legal experience in poverty law is required. As you come and volunteer with us, you will learn how to serve and meet the legal and non-legal needs of our clients. If this is your first time, our more experienced attorney volunteers can guide you. We also try to remain aware of our limitations and when referring our clients to more experienced attorneys or conducting additional, follow-up research is appropriate.
How should I dress?
Dress for volunteers is business casual.
What should I bring?
You should bring your laptop computer (for conducting research or helping clients fill out online forms), or at least paper and a pen.
What should I do to prepare?
Please refer to our Resources page in advance. At the clinics, Intake Guides and access to our Dropbox Library, which contains hundreds of forms and resource materials, are made available.