Blogs entries posted in October, 2012.

Access Youth: Volunteer Mediators (Pilot Mediation Program)

Posted by OPI at 3:13 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Access Youth ( is looking for students to volunteer as mediators in its pilot program.Through the program the organization hopes to offer mediation as an alternative to suspension and provide an opportunity to for parents and students to participate in mediation. The goal of the program is to reduce youth recidivism and increase rehabilitation by sensitizing youth to the consequences of their behavior. Volunteers should have experience or an interest in mediation and working with at-risk youth. Previous mediation experience and training is preferred. To apply email your resume and cover letter to Jodi Ovca at jovca@accessyouthinc.orgAccess Youth will hold a mandatory training on Saturday, October 27, 2012. They are asking that all volunteers commit to a minimum of three mediations each month.  Upon completion of classroom training and co-mediation mentoring, each mediator will receive a 40-Hour Mediation Certificate.

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ACLU of Maryland: Legal Volunteers

Posted by OPI at 2:17 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Get up! Stand up! Stand up for

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AARP Homebound Elderly Law Project

Posted by OPI at 3:52 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

AARP-Legal Counsel for the Elderly is looking for one or two law students to work on the

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The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project: Translators

Posted by OPI at 3:48 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

NIWAP is looking for volunteers to translate text (see

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My Sister’s Place: The Clothesline Project

Posted by OPI at 3:45 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

My Sister’s Place will

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Hogan Lovells: Call for Volunteers! (Credit Info Sessions)

Posted by OPI at 2:09 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Hogan Lovells seeks volunteer law students to assist attorneys during public information sessions on good credit practices, in Washington, D.C, in honor of Pro Bono Week 2012. The program will run from October 21, 2012 to November 16, 2012. The sessions will offer basic legal and practical information on consumer credit and borrowing. A background or legal experience in consumer credit is not needed to volunteer. Legal advice about individual situations will not be provided at the sessions.          

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Bread for the City: Kenilworth-Parkside Canvassing

Posted by OPI at 1:52 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

In conjunction with the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, Bread for the City is starting Legal Intake Clinics in the Kenilworth-Parkside neighborhood in Northeast. The DC Promise Neighborhoods is a federal grant program through the Department of Education that is based on the Harlem Children's Zone, which aims to create place-based and school-based models for community change.

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CARECEN Deferred Action for Child Arrivals Clinic

Posted by OPI at 1:33 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

The Central American Resource Center is looking for volunteers to help with is DACA preparation workshop Saturday, October 20, 10 AM – 1 PM or 1 PM-4 PM  at CARECEN, 1460 Columbia Rd. NW, Suite C-1 Washington, D.C. 20009. The Volunteer Training will take place on Thursday, October 18th at 5:30pm. Learn More. To sign up to volunteer please email Andrea Rodriguez at

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CAIR Coalition - Call for Volunteers

Posted by OPI at 1:24 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

CAIR Coalition is a non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. area that provides legal services focused exclusively on assisting immigrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in local jails. They are looking for student volunteers to help man their Immigrant Detainee Hotline, and to join them on some of their jail visits. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Allie Robertson, Legal Assistant, at or (202) 331-3320.   

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SAALT - "Be the Change"

Posted by OPI at 12:45 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Chirag V. Patel, P.A. is hosting a pro bono event as part of a nationwide event, “Be the Change,” a national day of service sponsored by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). This year, the offices of Chirag V. Patel, P.A. will be hosting the event on Saturday, October 6th between 9am and 5:30pm. The offices are seeking law clerks to volunteer for Be the Change.  Volunteers will rotate between greeting clients at the entrance/escorting them to the office, conducting thorough one-on-one consultations using the firm’s intake sheets, and observing attorney-client consultation. Once the intake is complete, the law clerk will brief the immigration attorney on the facts of the case, and the attorney will conduct a more in-depth interview prior to giving legal opinion.  Volunteers will learn the protocol from first meeting a client to concluding a consultation.  Volunteers are also expected to assist with advertising the event by disseminating flyers via email/ listserv and any other means possible.  No prior immigration experience is required. A brief orientation will be provided in in early October.  Conversational Spanish preferred, but not required.  Applicants should contact Dawn C. Sequeira directly at or via text (301-787-8631) to arrange for an interview.  Phone interviews are ongoing. Volunteering at Be the Change counts toward the Pro Bono Pledge as legal hours.

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CASA for the Children of DC

Posted by OPI at 12:42 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

CASA for the Children of DC is an organization that pairs adult (21+) mentors and advocates with young people in foster care who have suffered from abuse or neglect. CASA (court appointed special advocates) is looking for students to serve as mentors or CASA advocates.

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Take Back Your Home Foreclosure Outreach

Posted by OPI at 12:35 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Take Back Your Home is a student organization dedicated to informing homeowners and renters of their rights when they are facing foreclosure. This fall we will be doing outreach to families facing foreclosure every other weekend.

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Deferred Action Clinics - Hogar Immigrant Services

Posted by OPI at 12:10 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Many organizations in the DC area are gearing up to help immigrants brought to this country as children understand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative. Through DACA, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will grant two-year, renewable, reprieves from deportation to eligible young immigrants who meet certain criteria.Hogar Immigrant Services is starting evening clinics at the end of September and expects to hold them twice a month during which they will have volunteers help them complete the applications for eligible DACA applicants. Each of these applicants will have already been prescreened for eligibility and should be ready at this appointment to complete the process.Law students may participate as volunteers, but they must 1) undergo training with Hogar and 2) be willing to commit to coming to more than one evening clinic.Hogar hopes to have the next volunteer training in October some time. Volunteering at the DACA clinics counts toward the Pro Bono Pledge as legal hours. The time spent in training does not count. To get involved, contact Mary Mary C. Brittingham; Director, Legal Services Program; Hogar Immigrant Services; 6201 Leesburg Pike, #307; Falls Church, VA 22044;; 703-534-9805 ext. 234.

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Legal Clinics - Christian Legal Aid of DC

Posted by OPI at 12:02 PM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

CLADC is having a volunteer training on Saturday, October 16, 2012, 9:30am til 12:30pm at Bethlehem Baptist Church [2458 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE (and Howard Ave)]. Free Parking is available. One block from Anacostia Metrorail Station (Howard Ave). Breakfast and Snacks Provided. The training includes two seminars: 1. What to Expect as a Volunteer at our legal clinic Seminar and 2. Basic Immigration Law (How to Get a Green Card in the USA) Seminar. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Angela Thanyachareon at or call (202) 710-0592. RSVP required. Any hours spent volunteering at the CLADC clinics count toward the legal service hours for the Pro Bono Honors Pledge.  Learn More.

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Voter Protection

Posted by OPI at 11:58 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Interested in voter rights and free and fair elections? Come learn how you can take action to protect the right to vote. The Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law has spoken with several student groups here at WCL who are interested in launching a bipartisan initiative to protect voter rights and promote free and fair elections in anticipation of the upcoming elections this November. The Center is also partnering with the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which has significant experience leading national Election Protection efforts and utilizing law student volunteers for the ongoing monitoring of voter rights hotlines and the monitoring of local polling locations on election day.Please contact Whitney Hayes, the Center's Program Coordinator, with any questions or comments. She can be reached by email at or phone at 202-274-4180. Hours spent working on election day will count toward the legal hours requirement of the Pro Bono Honors Pledge.

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Hogar Immigrant Services, Naturalization Workshop

Posted by OPI at 10:56 AM in Pro Bono Honors Pledge

Hogar Immigrant Services is looking for volunteers for its Naturalization Workshop this Saturday November 10, 2012. It will be hosted at the Saint Paul United Methodist Church, 1400 G Street Woodbridge, VA 22191 . Volunteer Hours are from 9:15 AM – 3:30 PM (Note: If you need to leave early, then please let Richard know. But all volunteers must be there at 9:15 before the 9:30 training starts.) Also, If 4-5 volunteers can arrive at 8:30 AM it would be a great help to set up!!!   Please let Richard know if you can be one of the early birds. RSVP to Richard Eldridge either by email at or by calling 703-534-9805  ext 239. 

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