Volunteer with Legal Hand Crown Heights!



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End Date


Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


250 Kingston Avenue
New York
United States


Legal Hand, a community legal resource center in Crown Heights, is seeking volunteers!

Legal Hand is a project of the Center for Court Innovation, a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce violence and victimization and strengthen communities. The Center creates operating projects that test new approaches to problems that have resisted conventional solutions.

Legal Hand Volunteers provide legal information, assistance, and referrals from the Crown Heights storefront office. Volunteers play an important role in Legal Hand's mission to improve access to justice in low-income communities by directing people with civil legal problems to effective resources and ensuring they know their rights in a given situation. Volunteers are trained at no cost and work under the supervision of an attorney, learning valuable advocacy and legal skills. 


Volunteers will be paid a stipend of $15 per shift to cover transportation. We are also able to give credit for students if they’d like to volunteer as an internship.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

§  Complete trainings in a variety of legal issue areas, including immigration, family law, housing, benefits, and employment

§  Conduct outreach around Crown Heights neighborhood to advertise the program

§  Assist residents with variety of legal issues by completing intake, filling out and filing correct paperwork, and making referrals to full-scale representation when necessary

§  Track client information in computer database consistently and accurately


Requirements include:

§ Ability to commit to a minimum of 3 hours per week in our Crown Heights office for minimum of 6 months

§ Knowledge in NYC benefits a plus, but not required

§ Must be 18 and over

§ Must speak fluent English; ability to speak Spanish or other non-English languages a plus but not required

§ Must have strong computer literacy and comfort


Legal Hand will be holding two volunteer info sessions in October - please come to one of them to learn more about becoming a volunteer:

October 10, 2017 from 1-2pm


October 11, 2017 from 6-7pm

Both information sessions will be held at Legal Hand, 250 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213


For more information, or with any questions, please contact Hannah Margolin at margolinh@legalhand.org or 718 619 4248.


Stipend Provided

Training Provided

How To Apply



To apply, please attend one of two available information sessions:

October 10, 2017 from 1-2pm


October 11, 2017 from 6-7pm

Both information sessions will be held at Legal Hand, 250 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn NY 11213