NEXT TRAINING: September 16, 2014
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CARPLS offers a variety of pro bono opportunities for private attorneys and law students who are interested in public interest service. Volunteers are provided training and support in a limited practice area which includes: Landlord/Tenant, Consumer Debt/Collection, and Simple Divorce. Attorneys and law students who participate in one or more pro bono projects are required to commit to a minimum of 36 hours of service annually. Trainings for all programs occur five times a year, beginning in January. If you are a licensed attorney interested in attending a training or for more information contact CARPLS' Volunteer Coordinator, Leslie Wallin at or 312-421-4427. Current pro bono projects include:
CARPLS Works is a volunteer project that specifically targets attorneys who have time to volunteer during the day. The project utilizes attorneys to serve the unmet legal needs of low-income families who have been disproportionately impacted by the recent economic crisis. CARPLS Works attorneys are expected to volunteer on the CARPLS hotline for four hours each week, on a morning or afternoon shift. The volunteers will be supported by CARPLS staff and all work performed for CARPLS will be covered by CARPLS malpractice insurance. The CARPLS Works project provides attorneys the opportunity to enhance their legal skills while providing an invaluable service to the community. In addition to providing a service to your community, CARPLS Works also gives you a chance to develop new legal skills, network with your peers, and round-out your resume. CARPLS Works attorneys will be invited to attend all CARPLS’ social and fundraising events, where you can meet other attorneys from around Chicago.
The CARPLS Hotline is open two nights each week, on Monday and Wednesday between 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM to assist clients who are unable to access the Hotline during its normal daytime operating hours. Volunteer attorneys are treated to pizza before accepting live client calls from the Hotline. The Nightline shift is open to licensed attorneys who are willing to commit to one or more evening shifts a month.
The Go Bono project allows corporate attorneys or attorneys at law firms to conveniently take hotline calls from their own office during CARPLS normal operating hours. The Go Bono project is supported through CARPLS' custom intake software which gives remote volunteers access to an extensive on-line legal resource library to assist them with their Hotline consultations. Remote volunteers also receive full access to CARPLS senior staff attorneys via a specialized instant messaging technology built into the client intake software. The Go Bono project is the perfect opportunity for attorneys who are interested in public interest service but are unable to make a specific volunteer commitment. Go Bono lets you pick the time and the place of your volunteer service.
The Student Hotline offers first and second year law students a valuable clinical experience in public interest law. Each summer the project recruits and trains twenty law student volunteers to staff the Hotline in a limited practice area of divorce, landlord/tenant and consumer debt/collection. Law student volunteers also receive training in client interviewing and counseling techniques. All client-student consultations are performed under the direct supervision of CARPLS senior attorneys, who talk to the clients, review their issues, and direct the information given out by the law students. The ten-week Student Hotline project runs from the beginning of June to mid-August, and allows CARPLS to serve hundreds of additional clients over the summer months when calls to the Hotline are at their peak. Law students interested in volunteering on Student Hotline may contact project coordinator, Marie Harrigan at for more information.