Say 'yes' to pro bono!
While opportunities abound to do valuable volunteer work in our community, TPCBA members have strong ethical, professional and personal reasons to consider using their legal education and experience to help people who face civil legal issues affecting basic human needs in Pierce County -- but cannot afford to hire or even speak to an attorney.
And, there are special advantages to TPCBA members who volunteer through the TPCBA's Volunteer Legal Services Program:
- You can get up to 6 CLE credits per year by attending 2 hours of training sponsored by any qualified legal services provider and doing 4 hours of pro bono work.
- Pro bono hours can include giving advice or providing a limited service through a clinic, providing full or limited representation to a low-income client, and many other possibilities.
- All pro bono work through TPCBA VLS is designed to meet the civil legal needs of our county's low-income population by working with you to find a volunteer opportunity that works with your schedule and your interests.
- The amount and frequency of pro bono work you may agree to do is entirely up to you.
- Clients are pre-screened for eligibility (currently up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level) -- and you choose the clients and cases you want.
- Malpratice insurance is provided for attorneys who do pro bono work through the VLS Program.
- Mentoring is available.
- Some support for unusual costs of litigation is available.
- A variety of training is available, live and on tape/DVD/CD.
- VLS works with other legal aid and social services providers in Pierce County to be sure you and your pro bono clients receive the best possible support and referral.
- If you don't have your own office, VLS can provide office space, copier, Internet access, private client interview rooms, at the Access to Civil Justice Center only one block from the Courthouse.
- You will be contributing to a more efficient and fair environment in court if you represent someone who would otherwise be appearing pro se, and directly helping to create equal justice in our community by representing someone who would otherwise not be able to appear at all.
- Last but not least, you will be featured in the Bar News each month in which you volunteer and may be selected as Pro Bono Attorney of the Month!
Contact Volunteer Legal Services at (253) 572-5134 or firstname.lastname@example.org; we want to work with you personally to find a volunteer opportunity which will be professionally and personally satisfying.