Neighbors Helping Neighbors
Volunteering at a Legal Hand site is a great way to give back to your community, learn about law and legal services work, and make a real difference in the lives of people affected by civil legal problems.
Legal Hand recruits new volunteers every six months. Volunteers commit to at least one three hour shift per week for the following six month period.
Training, which begins with a two-day workshop on the basics of legal information assistance, focuses on areas where emergencies commonly arise, such as housing, physical safety, immigration, family matters, and benefits. Volunteers also learn about cultural competency, interviewing skills, the limits on the advice non-lawyer volunteers are legally permitted to provide, and the availability of referrals to other services, including full legal representation.
Legal Hand volunteers come from all backgrounds and walks of life— from college students to retirees who have lived in the neighborhoods Legal Hand serves for decades. No experience in legal work or representation is necessary.