This is the list of ongoing volunteer options. One-time only or short term projects will be listed on TWEN or these Bulletin Boards
- Big Brother/Big Sister
- With an orientation, training course and a willingness to help, a volunteer can make a difference in a young person's life. Opportunities are available on a particular site (one hr. a week) or comunity based ( 4 – 6 hrs a month with one child)
- Training: Orientation, training, application
- Carolina Clerks: Pro Bono Clerks for Pro Bono Lawyers
- Carolina Clerks matches volunteer law students with SC lawyers who have agreed to pro bono client representation. Students will perform traditional law clerking tasks including research and drafting. Time requirement is on a case by case basis. Wide variety of cases. Foreign language skills may be needed.
- Training: On the job
- Domestic Violence Legal Advocates
- Volunteers will assist with providing Orders of Protection to victims of domestic violence. Working with Sexual Trauma Services and Sistercare atttorneys violence will help guide the victims through the legal process. This is a new project under development
- Training: Criminal record check, training and in-service required.
- Free Medical Clinic
- Volunteers will assist with administrative duties such as interviewing new patients, gathering financial information, preparing new files, and converting patient charts to a new system. Spanish translators are also needed. If you are a medical doctor, nurse or pharmacist there are opportunities to fit those skills. In the future there will be special projects with this organizations that provides health care to low-income clients with no medical insurance.
- Training: 1 hour orientation and application; volunteers are asked to select a regular time and date to serve.
- Harvest Hope Food Bank
- Volunteer law students may assist in two manners; one is in a variety of positions with the semi- annual food drives and another can be as a regular volunteer at the Food Bank. Regular volunteers may explore a range of tasks from sorting food or packing bags to assisting with data entry or helping Hispanic clients.
- Training: On the job.
- HELP — Homeless Legal Clinic
- Collaboration between a number of community organizations and the Richland County Bar Association has resulted in this effort to assist the homeless population in the Greater Columbia area. Legal clinics will be held twice a month. Law student volunteers may serve in several positions: law clerk for the on-site volunteer attorneys and translators on an as needed basis.
- Training: Law clerks will be on-site for two hours and may have follow up work.
- Lexington County Juvenile Arbitration Program
- Permits the first time offender to purge their record from the system by completing a set of requirements set forth by a volunteer arbitrator. Law Students will serve as arbitrators conducting hearings for juveniles and will monitor their progress in meeting the requirements set forth in the arbitration. Usually assigned one case at a time requiring approximately a total of 8 hours. Fall Training ONLY — limited space
- Training: 18 hours; application; criminal record check
- Mediation in Magistrate's Court
- Volunteers will conduct mediations in Richland County Magistrate's Court applying the unique skills and techniques garnered in the extensive immersion training. Before a client can ask for a jury trial in Magistrate's Court they must agree to attend mediation.
- Training: 24 hours with 10 – 16 hours of observation
- Project AYUDA: Law Students Helping the Hispanic Community
- Volunteers assist the Hispanic community by providing information about legal and non-legal issues, connecting with attorneys, and locating resources where Spanish is spoken. Volunteers also translate a limited number of documents. Many volunteer students use this opportunity to practice their Spanish; although fluency is not a requirement
- Training: Research skills needed
- Public Defenders' Offices
- Law students provide research, monitor court proceedings and assist in case preparation with attorneys who represent SC's indigent population in criminal matters. Volunteering may take place in the Richland or Lexington County offices.
- Training: Research skills needed
- Richland County CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates
- Volunteers are appointed to appear in Family Court on behalf of children in abuse and neglect cases. Working with the Richland County CASA Project, students act as unbiased representatives for the child; conduct confidential investigations; assist in preparing a plan of action; with the aid of the child's attorney see that all pertinent information is heard by the court; help coordinate suitable social services and ensure educational continuity.
- Training: 15 hours of initial training, ongoing in-service, observation of a Family Court hearing; criminal record check
- SC Access to Justice Commission
- The mission of the SC Access to Justice Commission is to expand access to civil legal representation for South Carolinians with low or moderate means. Law student volunteers will assist with research, intake and on special projects. The Rural Justice Project is a public education outreach project where law students develop and present legal information to the public.
- Training: Research skills; on the job training
- SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center
- Assistance in the research and preparation of material for attorney training and case litigation. Issues are those affecting the indigent population and range from bankruptcy, adoption, divorce, Social Security, Medicaid, landlord-tenant, consumer debt, to housing. Research on specific cases may also be available with local Legal Services offices. A new project Lawyers4Vewts is planned allowing trained volunteers to conduct intake for the monthly clinics.
- Training: Research skills needed. Lawyers4Vewts will have special training
- SC Bar — Pro Bono Program
- Students will be involved in research on specific pro bono cases as they are assigned directly to a pro bono attorney. Research requests may also result from questions posed by Committees or Sections. Skilled speakers and readers of a foreign language may also volunteer to be part of a language bank. This bank is available to attorneys working on pro bono cases.The First Friday Blitz is held on the first Friday of each month. Students can assist lawyers in drafting and responding to questions posted online by the public.
- Training: Research skills needed. Foreign language option
- SC Department of Consumer Affairs
- Volunteers will conduct research and assist the Departments staff attorneys on emerging issues that affect SC's consumer population. These issues include identity theft, mortgage fraud, debt collection, vehicle sales & service, credit problems. Another service opportunity includes interviewing consumers who have requested assistance from the Department.
- Training: On the job
- SC Department of Juvenile Justice
- Volunteers will serve as mentors, tutors or sports coaches to at-risk juveniles in DJJ custody. Another major component involves teaching a 10 session course, "Choices: Legal Awareness Sessions for Juveniles". This can be taught as part of a team or individually. Topics range from drugs and alcohol, privacy, consumer law to conflict resolution.
- Training: 1hr DJJ Orientation, application for all volunteers; 4 hours of training for Choices
- SC Office of Indigent Defense — Appellate Division
- The Appellate Division represents indigent criminal defendants who seek appellate review of their convictions from the Court of General Sessions. Student activities include research, field interviewing and legal drafting. This Office provides a unique opportunity to obtain hands on experience to those students interested in criminal law or post conviction relief.
- Training: Individual, supervision by SC attorney
- S.C. Probate Court Special Visitors
- Trained volunteers working under the direction of the local Probate Judge will interview and visit with guardians and wards. They will make detailed reports and recommendations so the Court can make more informed decisions. Initally this will start in Richland County but eventually will be offered in Greenville County as well.
- Training:Application and criminal record check; 10 hours of training and observation of a guardianship hearing
- SC Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
- Law students will screen online applicants who have arts related issues and refer them to either the Non Profit Law Clinic or the SC Bar Pro Bono Program for further assistance. In addition students will be able to conduct research on a wide variety of arts related legal issues, prepare answers to FAQ and assist with a new online arts and the law listserv
- Training: on the job.
- Team Advocacy
- Team Advocacy is a project of Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) Trained volunteers, working with staff from P&A, conduct unannounced inspections of SC community residential care facilities. During these inspections volunteers will interview residents seeking information about care, possible abuse and neglect or financial exploitation and available services. The Team report is filed with the appropriate authorities for follow up action. Volunteers can assist anywhere in SC.
- Training: individual basis; application
- VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
- Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service to help older, disabled, non-English speaking or low income taxpayers who need assistance and for whom professional tax preparation may be out of reach. Volunteers prepare basic tax returns using online software. A tax coordinator is available to handle difficult questions or returns. Law School tax courses are NOT required.
- Training: Self-study course and online exam
- Other Projects
- This list of projects is ever evolving. For up-to-date information contact the Director, any Board member or check on the Pro Bono Program homepage or the TWEN Pro Bono Opportunities and News link
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