Direct Representation of Cases
Volunteering is a meaningful way for you to use your expertise to help those in need of representation. It’s also a valuable way for you to gain legal experience and learn about new areas of law with the support and guidance of VLP’s experienced staff attorneys and dedicated mentors.
Volunteers can take cases in the following areas:
- Landlord-Tenant; Representing tenants and low-income landlords
- Affirmative cases against landlords for poor living conditions
- Family Law, with a focus on cases helping custodial parents achieve economic independence
- Guardianship of Minors
- Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults
- Bankruptcy, primarily Chapter 7
- Wills, Advance Directives, and Basic Probate Matters
- Unemployment Insurance Denials and Terminations
- Fair Debt Collection
- Wage Theft
- Appellate Cases, particularly in fair debt collection cases, in coordination with VLP’s Appeals
Our committed team at VLP screens every case carefully to ensure the client is eligible for free legal services. We also screen cases for merit and assess each case’s level of complexity in order to make the best match of client and volunteer attorney. For questions and detailed answers regarding taking on a case —Case Representation FAQs.
LIMITED ASSISTANCE REPRESENTATION (LAR)
We understand that some volunteers do not have the time needed for on-going commitments. Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) allows you to take a case for limited time period, or limited purpose such as a specific hearing. With LAR, an attorney can even assist for just part of the case — for example in the case management conference, or in a motion to dismiss.