Would you like to help low-income families with their landlord/tenant, domestic relations, and consumer debt issues? CARPLS Legal Aid is looking for volunteer attorneys to counsel clients on Cook County's legal hotline in Chicago, Illinois.
ABOUT CARPLS: CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every-day legal problems confronting low-income families in Cook County. CARPLS' legal aid hotline and court-based advice desks give low-income clients direct access to experienced attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS attorneys resolve over 85% of all cases in-house by providing information, advice and brief services including the preparation and review of legal documents. Clients with more complex needs are referred by CARPLS to a network of specialized legal and social service providers. CARPLS' unique "legal triage" system serves as a model for legal aid communities across the country and has increased access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal aid services to the poor.
PROGRAMS: CARPLS offers two volunteer opportunities on the hotline, each requiring a total commitment of 36 hours. The Nightline program targets working attorneys with limited volunteer schedules. Volunteers field hotline calls from 5:30pm - 8:00pm Monday and Wednesday evenings, committing to 36 hours over one year (approximately two shifts per month).
CARPLS Works targets attorneys with more flexible volunteer schedules. Volunteer shifts are Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 1:00pm or 1:00pm – 5:00pm. The 36-hour commitment is met by volunteering for one 4-hour shift a week over a ten week period.
Training for our attorney volunteers is broken into three parts. We provide a substantive law training in the areas of landlord/tenant; consumer debt; and family law. This training is available online, through our website at www.carpls.org. 1 hour CLE credit for each topic is available. This training must be completed by you, at your convenience, before May 20.
We also train our volunteers on our case management software; hotline counseling techniques; and policies and procedures. This is a two-hour training which is given the week of May 9 here at CARPLS. You may choose one of these time slots:
- Monday, May 9 from 10 – noon
- Tuesday, May 10 from 3 – 5
- Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30 – 7:30
Finally, we provide personalized training and practice during your first shifts, the week of May 16. These are three-hour practice sessions which will be scheduled at your convenience.
You must complete all parts of the training in this time frame in order to volunteer in the May class.
SHIFTS: A CARPLS supervising attorney will always be available to assist volunteers. All training sessions and work will take place at the CARPLS main office, 17 N. State Street, Chicago.Volunteers must be licensed attorneys. Retired, inactive, and lawyers licensed in other states are welcome. All work performed for CARPLS is covered by CARPLS' malpractice insurance.
WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU: As an attorney you have a valuable skill which can benefit a great many needy families. In addition to providing a service to your community, volunteering with CARPLS also gives you a chance to develop and deepen your legal skills, network with your peers, and round out your resume. Volunteer attorneys are invited to attend all CARPLS social and fundraising events, where you can meet other attorneys from around Chicago.
Areas of focus:
17 N. State Street
Chicago, IL, US 60602
Duration:Less than 3 months
Time commitment:Occasional (weekly or monthly)
Times of day:Mornings Afternoons Evenings
Days of week:Weekdays