Pro Bono Opportunities
Self Help Resource Center
The Self Help Resource Center at EBR Family Court allows law students and staff to meet one-on-one with pro se litigants and potentially self-represented litigants to give information about Family Court and court-approved forms. One attorney volunteer will be on hand to supervise at all times. This is a great opportunity for students to work directly with the public and network with attorneys. Students are required to attend training before they can volunteer. The Self Help Resource Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m on the 4th floor of the 19th JDC located at 300 North Blvd.
Teen Court is a voluntary diversion program in which teens sentence their peers for first-time misdemeanor offenses, such as shoplifting, school altercations, and damage to property. Teen volunteers perform the roles of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bailiffs, and jurors. In Teen Court the defendant has admitted guilt; therefore, the jury’s responsibility is to determine a constructive sentence. Teen Court hearings are held in a local courthouse with strict confidentiality. Licensed attorneys serve as judges. Defendants are questioned by both the teen defense and prosecution attorneys to determine the circumstances of the offense. After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, the teen jury determines a fair and constructive sentence, which may include community service and participation in future teen court sessions, counseling, attending educational programs, writing essays and letters of apology, and repaying the victim.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
The Law Center has for the last ten years hosted a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site in the law library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturdays in the spring semester. The returns are done on a pro bono basis for taxpayers whose income does not exceed $60,000. Students are needed to assist with client intake and other support services.
Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS)