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You'll love being a VLS Program volunteer!


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We have opportunities for all licensed attorneys, new and experienced, as well as experienced paralegals and internships for students. Scroll down to learn more about the types of volunteer opportunities available!



OUR HOTTEST NEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES -- Call or e-mail us to ask about:

Housing Justice Project
Help level the playing field for low-income tenants facing eviction -- the HJP is currently present in the courthouse on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons during the unlawful detainer calendar. Volunteer attorneys are needed to advise and represent tenants in eviction hearings and negotiate with opposing counsel.  A great opportunity to get courtroom experience, help people in need who are unable to afford representation, and connect with other volunteers -- training and mentoring available.

WASHINGTON WEB LAWYER
All you need is an Internet connection! The newest and easiest way to do pro bono work, anytime, anywhere that suits you!

The Home Justice Legal Clinic
Do your part to stop the effects of the foreclosure crisis in Pierce County! A great opportunity for both new and experienced attorneys to assist homeowners in danger of foreclosure and tenants living in foreclosed properties. Training, mentoring and law student assistance are available for Home Justice volunteers. You don't need to be an expert in the foreclosure process to help in this clinic; we need attorneys who are interested in probate, bankruptcy, family law, etc. The resolution to a foreclosure problem can be complex and this clinic provides a one-stop resource for people who need a wide variety of legal advice and help.

The Urban Indian Legal Clinic
Legal assistance for Native Americans with civil legal problems, a great lunchtime clinic opportunity at SPIPA/TANF!

The Lawhelp Center
A chance for experienced family law attorneys to have an impact on courtroom congestion and make the system work better for everyone!

Volunteer Lawyers for Dependent Youth
Advise and mentor youth in foster care regarding their choices as they reach age 18.

RallyPoint/6 Legal Clinic for Veterans, Active Military Members, Spouses and Families
A joint project of the TPCBA VLS Program and RallyPoint/6, great clinic for attorneys interested in helping our veterans and military families with a wide variety of civil legal issues, from family law to bankruptcy to discharge upgrades and access to VA benefits.

Call or e-mail us for more information on these or the many other opportunities we have for you to give back to the community and make the law work for everyone! Many of your fellow TPCBA members are already getting the satisfaction of using their legal education, skill and experience to help people who face civil legal issues affecting their basic human needs, who cannot afford to hire or even speak to an attorney to get help.



TPCBA members who volunteer through the TPCBA's Volunteer Legal Services Program have some special advantages:

  • Beginning in 2016, you can satisfy the requirements for up to 24 CLE credits by doing pro bono work, with no training requirement.
  • Pro bono hours can include giving advice or providing a limited service through a clinic, providing full or limited representation to a low-income client, and many other possibilities including Washington Web Lawyer.
  • All pro bono work through TPCBA VLS is designed to meet the civil legal needs of our county's low-income population by working with you to find a volunteer opportunity that works with your schedule and your interests.
  • The amount and frequency of pro bono work you may agree to do is entirely up to you.
  • Clients are pre-screened for eligibility (currently up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level) -- and you choose the clients and cases you want.
  • Malpratice insurance is provided for attorneys who do pro bono work through the VLS Program.
  • Mentoring is available.
  • Some support for unusual costs of litigation is available.
  • A variety of training is available, from live presentations to YouTube.
  • VLS works with other legal aid and social services providers in Pierce County to be sure you and your pro bono clients receive the best possible support and appropriate referral.
  • If you don't have your own office, VLS can provide office space, copier, Internet access, private client interview rooms, at our pleasant office in First Tower, 621 Tacoma Ave. S., just down the street from the Courthouse.
  • You will be contributing to a more efficient and fair environment in court if you represent someone who would otherwise be appearing pro se, and directly helping to create equal justice in our community by representing someone who would otherwise not be able to appear at all.

Contact Volunteer Legal Services at (253) 572-5134 or vls@tacomaprobono.org. We want to work with you to find a volunteer opportunity which will be professionally and personally satisfying.



Last updated August 18, 2016