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External Pro Bono Placements

Penn Law students are welcome to do pro bono through external pro bono opportunities organized by TPIC at community public interest organizations and government agencies. All opportunities posted meet Penn Law’s Pro Bono eligibility guidelines. We also indicate if an opportunity is likely to meet the NY Bar Pro Bono guidelines.

Current External Opportunities

Click on an opportunity to learn more:

 

• Board of Ethics (Available for Fall 2019)

• Ceiba (Available for Fall 2019)

• CHILD USA (Available for Fall 2019)

• Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia (Available for Fall 2019)

 Community Legal Services, Child Abuse Registry Expungement (Available for Fall 2019)

• Education Law Center (Expected to be available for Spring 2020)

• Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) (Available for Fall 2019)

• HIAS (Available for Fall 2019)

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Intake positions (Norristown office) (Available for Fall 2019) 

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Domestic Violence unit (Bucks County office) (Available for Fall 2019) 

• Legal Clinic for the Disabled 2 opportunities available (Available for Fall 2019) 

• MidPenn Legal Services, Low-income taxpayer clinic (Available for Fall 2019)

• National Constitution Center (NCC) (Available for Fall 2019) 

• New Jersey Office of the Attorney General (Available for Fall 2019)

Penn Law Clinical Program (Translators only) (Available for Fall 2019) 

• Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts (PMC) (Available for Fall 2019)

• Pepper Center (Immigration) (Available for Fall 2019)

• Public Interest Law Center (Available for Fall 2019)

Reentry Court (1 year position, Available for19-20)

Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement (Available for Fall 2019) 

• School District of Philadelphia (Available for Fall 2019)

• SeniorLAW Center (Available for Fall 2019)

 

 

Board of Ethics

Who can Participate: 2Ls and 3Ls preferred

Organization Website: http://www.phila.gov/ethicsboard/Pages/default.aspx

Description: Students are needed to assist with the Board’s investigation and enforcement activities and also to conduct factual and legal research. The Board of Ethics is an independent City board charged with administering and enforcing the City’s ethics, campaign finance and lobbying laws.
*It is possible that more than one student may be needed.

Time Commitment : 5-10 hours of work per week and some of the work can be done remotely. Semester commitment. 

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email your resume, cover letter (addressed to Senior Staff Attorney, Jordan Segall) and writing sample to Sarah Egoville.

 

CEIBA (research projects)

Who Can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: http://ceibaphiladelphia.org/

Description: Ceiba has several direct client and research projects available for Penn Law students. Ceiba is looking for students who have a significant interest in issues of housing, economic development, immigration, tax policy, consumer protection, language access, voting rights, and civil rights.

Time commitment: 4-8 hours per week

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email your resume to Sarah Egoville. 

 

CHILD USA

Who can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: www.childusa.org

Description: Professor Marci A. Hamilton (University of Pennsylvania, SAS) oversees the first-of-its-kind interdisciplinary nonprofit think tank for child protection, CHILD USA.  CHILD USA’s mission is to end child abuse and neglect through evidence-based research and public advocacy resulting in laws and public policy that truly protect children.  

(CHILD is an acronym for Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty)

We are seeking 2 Penn law students/semester to work on cutting edge legal research involving child abuse or neglect and the legal system.  There are 3 studies underway: (1) the investigation into the institutional loopholes that allowed the decades of abuse committed by Dr. Larry Nassar; (2) the effects of gay conversion or reparative therapy for purposes of establishing public policy involving religious exemptions; and (3) abuse and neglect of elite athletes across many Olympic sports.  There will also be research involving child sex abuse statutes of limitations, family court reform, destruction of children’s rape kits, child marriage laws, extreme religious liberty statutes, and medical neglect laws for our website.

Time Commitment: 6-10 hours/week with a semester commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email resume, transcripts and letters of recommendation to Professor Hamilton’s Executive Assistant, Jillian Ruck, jruck@childusa.org. 

 

Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia

Who Can Participate: All Students   

Organization Website: https://www.clcphila.org/

Description: Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia is an urban legal ministry seeking to address injustice and poverty in partnership with existing inner city host ministries by bringing attorneys into neighborhoods where services are most needed. Operating free legal clinics through the City and surrounding area, students are needed to assist with intakes, providing legal information and resources and assist volunteers attorneys in drafting petitions/legal documents.

Six clinics are available and meet once or twice per month. Students are asked to select a clinic site(s) and are required volunteer at least once per month, priority will be given to students who can volunteer more than once per month. This is a semester commitment.

Clinics: At each clinic, volunteers handle a range of legal matters including criminal record expungements, wills and power of attorney documents. Students will conduct intake and/or assist in drafting petitions/documents alongside an on-site attorney. Training will be provided.

While not required, fluent Spanish speakers are encouraged to apply! Students that speak fluent Korean are encouraged to apply for the South Philadelphia Clinic.

Training date: Friday, September 6th 12:30pm - 2:30pm at Drexel Law. 

 3-4 students are needed for each clinic site:

Time commitment: Students must commit to at least 1 clinic date per month. Please note the start and end times of each clinic. Students will likely be expected to arrive at least 30 minutes in advance. If there is a high client turnout, the clinic may end later than anticipated.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email your interest to Sarah Egoville. Please include the clinic site(s) in which you would like to volunteer, your volunteer schedule and your foreign language abilities (if applicable). If transportation is a barrier, please reach out as TPIC may be able to assist with public transportation costs.

 

Community Legal Services, Child abuse registry expungement

Who Can Participate: 2Ls, 3Ls. Excellent research and writing skills required.

Organization Website: https://clsphila.org/

Description: Community Legal Services (CLS) is seeking 1 student to assist the Employment Unit attorneys with child abuse registry expungements. Unlike with criminal records, individuals can be placed on the state-wide child abuse registry without ever going before a judge or having a real opportunity to defend themselves. CLS represents and advises individuals who have “indicated” reports of child abuse that are directly affecting their employment. The student will assist with client interviews, factual investigations, and hearing preparation. There may be an opportunity for the student to observe hearings and if a certified legal intern, an opportunity to participate.

This is a remote position. While the student will attend on-site training at CLS and pick up documents and materials at CLS through the semester, all substantive work will be completed remotely.

This opportunity is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

Time commitment: 5-10 hours per week with a semester commitment. 

To Express Interest: Email your resume, letter of interest (addressed to Janet Ginzberg, CLS Senior Attorney) and writing sample to Sarah Egoville. In your letter, please note if you are a certified legal intern.

 

Education Law Center 

Who can Participate: 2Ls and 3Ls committed to education access for all students, particularly vulnerable populations 

Organization Website: https://www.elc-pa.org/  

Description
: The Education Law Center’s mission is to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania. We pursue this mission through litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable students — children living in poverty, children of color, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children with disabilities, English Language Learners, LGBTQ students, and children experiencing homelessness. ELC has three priority program areas which often intersect: ensuring equal access to school, advocating for fair school funding, and dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline.  ELC engages an array of strategies to fulfill our mission including legislative advocacy, impact litigation, community engagement, and direct representation. The pro bono intern would support ELC’s direct representation work through handling intake calls with clients, support ELC’s litigation and legislative advocacy through legal research and writing, and provide other support as needed and observing attorneys in various aspects of their work. Fluency in Spanish, an understanding of special education law, and/or experience working with diverse communities are valued but not required qualifications. 

Time Commitment: minimum10 hours a week with semester commitment in the office (Center City, Philadelphia)

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email Sarah Egoville with a resume and cover letter addressed to Margie Wakelin, ELC Staff Attorney.

 

 

Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE)

Who can Participate: 2Ls and 3Ls

Organization Website: www.thefire.org

Description: Students will perform substantive work on behalf of student and faculty civil liberties, including freedom of expression and due process rights. Student responsibilities will vary based on staff needs but will likely include: researching and analyzing policies related to expression or disciplinary procedures on college campuses, writing or updating memoranda on recent developments in First Amendment, administrative, contract and constitutional law, and assisting FIRE’s Individual Rights Defense Program with cases involving civil liberties violations at colleges and universities across the county.

Course Requirements or Pre-Requisites: Knowledge of constitutional law, especially First Amendment law, is preferred. Excellent legal writing and analytical skills, including attention to detail, are required. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to FIRE”s mission.  

Time Commitment: 7-7.5 hours per week (one full work day), 50 hours total semester.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email a cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Susan Kruth, susan@thefire.org.

 

HIAS

Who can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: http://hiaspa.org/ 

Description: HIAS Pennsylvania provides legal and supportive services to immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers from all backgrounds in order to assure their fair treatment and full integration into American society. One to two students are needed to assist refugees, asylees and other immigrants with adjustment of status (green card) applications. Students who can speak other relevant languages are preferred; the most commonly needed languages are Spanish, French, Arabic, Dari/Farsi, Pashto, Russian, Ukrainian, Swahili, Tigrinya and Urdu.

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per week with semester commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email Sarah Egoville with resume and letter of interest.

 

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Intake

Who can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: http://lasp.org/

Description: LASP provides legal representation to low-income and vulnerable people in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. Students are needed to assist with walk-in intakes in the Norristown office. While intakes can be a cross section of the cases LASP handles, typical intakes focus on custody and landlord-tenant matters. Students will meet with intake clients to collect demographic information and identify the legal area(s) of need.  Shifts are available Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:30pm - 3:45pm. Students are asked to commit to one shift per week.

*Please note this opportunity is with LASP’s Norristown office (easily accessible by public transportation). Please reach out to TPIC if transportation assistance is needed.

Time Commitment: 2.5 hours per week with semester commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email your resume to Sarah Egoville indicating your preferred shift. 

 

Legal Aid of Southeastern PA, Domestic Violence/PFA Unit

Who can Participate: All Students. Court experience available for certified legal interns.

Organization Website: http://lasp.org/

Description: LASP provides legal representation to low-income and vulnerable people in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. 1-2 students are needed to assist victims of domestic violence. Tasks may include conducting intakes, completing factual investigations and conducting hearings (for certified legal interns) for Protection from Abuse matters.  

*Please note this opportunity is with LASP’s Doylestown office (easily accessible by public transportation). Please reach out to TPIC if transportation assistance is needed.

Course Requirements or Pre-Requisites: While not required, coursework in criminal law and family law are strongly encouraged.

Time Commitment: 7-10 hours per week with semester commitment. Certified legal interns looking to gain courtroom experience should be available on Wednesdays.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email your resume and cover letter (addressed to Jennifer Pierce of LASP) to Sarah Egoville. In your letter, please indicate if you are a certified legal intern and available on Wednesdays for court hearings.

 

Legal Clinic for the Disabled

Who can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: https://lcdphila.org/

Description: Two opportunities are available

Landlord-Tenant Lawyer of the Day Program (LOTD), which is a court-based program sanctioned by the Philadelphia Municipal Court. LCD staff attorneys are in court weekly representing tenants who come to court without counsel. Students are needed to help conduct intake and review documentation for the staff attorney covering the LOTD program each court date. Available shift: Thursday, 8:45am - 12pm. Time Commitment: 3 hours per week with semester commitment. Students are expected to commit to at least 2 shifts per month.

LCD Intake Line: 2 students are needed to assist the staff attorney in managing the phone intake line that operates from 9:30am - 3:30pm every Wednesday. Students will gather demographic information and an overview of the client’s legal issue. Students will then review the intake with an LCD attorney for attorney follow-up. When possible, the attorney will follow-up with the student present. Students must commit to working at least every other Wednesday. Available shifts: 9:00am - 12:30pm or 12:30pm - 4pm. Spanish speakers preferred, but not required. 

Requirement: For each opportunity, students must have relevant experience conducting intake or other related direct service with clients experience.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Email your resume to Sarah Egoville

 

MidPenn Legal Services, Low-income taxpayer clinic

Who can participate: 2Ls, 3Ls and LLMs

Organization Website: https://www.midpenn.org/what-we-do/services.html

Description: Students are needed to assist MidPenn’s Low-income Taxpayer Clinic. MidPenn Legal Services is a non-profit organization that operates in 18 counties.  The low-income tax payer clinic does not assist clients with tax preparation and instead assists clients in resolving pending disputes with the IRS, such as collections and audits. 

MidPenn is looking for 3 students to assist with document preparation and research. This work can be completed remotely, no travel is required. Tasks will consist of research memos and document preparation relating to audit reconsideration, offer in compromise settlements and identity theft cases. Students will review documents/information to then draft briefs for submission to the IRS. Additionally, you will be required to have live client contact (typically via phone calls) for each case.

Time commitment: 5-8 hours per case, with a 2 week turnaround period. Students will receive multiple assignments throughout the semester commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Please email your resume and a brief letter of interest (attention: Rebecca Stavish, Esq., LITC Managing Attorney, MidPenn Legal Services, 29 N. Queen Street, York, PA 17403) to Sarah Egoville.

 

National Constitution Center

Who can Participate: All Students 

Organization Website: www.constitutioncenter.org 

Description: Interns will work closely with the National Constitution Center’s Senior Fellow and Senior Counsel to produce top-quality constitutional content for the NCC’s debates, events, podcasts, exhibits, blog, and scholarship. Tasks will include background research for the Center’s President and various departments on a wide range of contemporary constitutional issues and on key topics in constitutional history. The project and work will support this non-profit to promote constitutional education and civil dialogue. 

Course Requirements: U.S. Constitutional law 

Time Commitment: 4-6 hours per week (this is flexible). We are also flexible in terms of remote work arrangements but ask that students be available to work on site at least one day per week. Semester commitment. 

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible. 

To express interest: Send your resume to Sarah Egoville.

 

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General 

Who can Participate: 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLMs

Organization Website: https://nj.gov/oag/

Description: Two opportunities are available

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, is seeking students for work on various projects relating to policing and police accountability. Issues include use of force, early warning system(s) to aid in identifying training needs and problematic police conduct, and best practices in police academy training. Students may choose to work out the Hughes Justice Complex in Trenton or in the satellite offices in either Cherry Hill or Whippany.

The New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, Office of Public Integrity and Accountability, is seeking students to work with the newly created Conviction Review Unit (CRU). The CRU is one of the first statewide conviction review unties in the nation to be based in an Attorney General’s Office. The new unit will review claims of actual innocence by persons convicted of felonies in NJ state courts to evaluate where there is clear and convincing evidence of actual innocence. Students will assist the CRU in developing and implementing policy and procedures, assist with the preliminary screening process, and correspond with applicant/inmates.  The CRU is located in Whippany, NJ.

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per week with a semester commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: Both opportunities are likely to be New York Bar eligible.

To express interest: Interested students should forward their resume to Sarah Egoville noting which opportunity is of interest.

 

Penn Law Clinical Program

Who can Participate: All Students 

Organization Website: https://www.law.upenn.edu/clinic/ 

Description: Penn Law’s Clinical Program is looking for students interested in volunteering their services as language translators/interpreters during the academic year. Volunteer interpreters and translators to assist the clinic in providing the best possible representation for non-English speaking clients.  Volunteers will assist clinic student attorneys by interpreting during meetings with clients who are non-English speakers, and may also translate written documents.  This semester in our Civil Practice Clinic, Transnational Legal Clinic and our Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic have a special need for students who are fluent in Spanish, French and many other languages.  This experience will provide volunteers with a chance to see actual client representation, and will also fulfill a great need as all work in these clinics is provided free of charge to indigent members of our community.

This opportunity is NOT NY Bar eligible.

To express interest: Complete this Qualtrics Survey regarding your language abilities. Your survey information will be placed in a database for students to access once they have a need for interpreting/translating in their cases. Please email clinic@law.upenn.edu with any questions or concerns.

 

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts

Who Can Participate: 2Ls and 3Ls - PMC is seeking self-motivated interns with excellent research and writing abilities and a strong commitment to social justice. Students with a background in public policy, education and/or public interest law are encouraged to apply.

Organization Website: www.pmconline.org

Description: Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to promoting equal access to justice, civic education, and judicial modernization and reform. In addition to advocating for systemic policy changes, such as merit selection of statewide appellate judges, Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts engages in numerous educational and reform initiatives.

Responsibilities may include: Conducting legal research and writing on court reform issues in Pennsylvania and nationally; engaging with pro se litigants and connecting helpline callers to appropriate resources; observing and participating in aspects of the legislative process; attending and reporting on court proceedings to identify potential areas of systemic improvement; determining additional short-term mechanisms of furthering PMC’s goals, and devising ways to implement these mechanisms.

Time Commitment: Approximately 10 hours per week, but this can be flexible. Semester commitment. 

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

To express interest: Submit your resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the position and why you believe you are a good fit for it to Kathleen Moyer, Manager of Marketing & Administration, at moyer@pmconline.org.

 

Pepper Center for Public Service (Immigration)

Who Can Participate: All students that are fluent in Spanish. Immigration law knowledge or experience is not required.

Organization Website: https://www.pepperlaw.com/about/pepper-center/

Description: The Pepper Center for Public Service (housed at Pepper Hamilton LLC), is working with the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center (PIRC) to provide counsel in bond hearings to detainees held at the York County Prison. Each week, 100 new detainees are imprisoned at the facility.

Law students will assist Pepper Hamilton attorneys in communicating with clients in their native language (Spanish), conduct interviews and factual investigations as well as prepare court filings.

Students will travel with attorneys to York County Prison (1.5 hours away) to meet with clients. Travel days are flexible and dependent on student schedules. In addition to travel days, students will work remotely on cases under attorney supervision.

Time Commitment: Flexible, approximately 10-15 hours per month. This opportunity is best for students that have an open day in your schedule, yet you are not required to travel each week. For continuity, we ask that students travel at least twice per semester.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

To express interest: Email your resume and note your availability to travel (i.e. “I am available all day on Thursdays”) to Sarah Egoville.

 

Public Interest Law Center

Who can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: www.pubintlaw.org

Description: The Public Interest Law Center, a nonprofit organization focused on using high impact legal strategies to represent individuals and organizations challenging policies and practices that perpetuate discrimination, inequality and poverty, is looking for legal interns. Interns will research and write about diverse issues related to pending and future litigation. The Law Center is looking for students interested in poverty law, specifically related to its six subject areas: education, housing, environmental justice, employment, healthcare, and voting.

Time Commitment: Total of 35-40 hours across the semester. Commitments will vary based on the ebbs and flow of litigation. Most work can be done remotely but some in-person training and meetings will be required.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

To express interest:  Email your resume and a brief letter of interest to Sarah Egoville.

 

Reentry Court Program (STAR)

Who Can Participate: This opportunity is ideally for 3Ls since you will become a certified legal intern to represent clients in court with attorney supervision.

Description: Up to two Penn Law students can work with the Federal Reentry program, with Judges Rice and Restrepo, and with students from all other area law schools. This work will satisfy both the Penn Law and New York Bar pro bono requirements.

Supervision to Aid Reentry (“STAR”) is an initiative of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania that assists previously incarcerated federal prisoners, who live in Philadelphia, to successfully reenter the community. Students will receive pro bono credit and must make a year long commitment of 8-10 hours per week to the project. Part of that commitment includes participation in either Morning or Afternoon Reentry Court. Morning Reentry Court occurs every other Tuesday from 8:35am to 11:30am. Afternoon Reentry Court occurs every other Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6:15pm. Under the supervision of practicing attorneys, students will interview and counsel clients, draft pleadings, conduct fact investigations, and represent clients in court proceedings. Students will assist participants on legal matters, including challenging traffic citations and fines, obtaining/restoring driving privileges, establishing affordable payment plans for court costs and fines, waiving supervision fees, challenging default judgments entered while incarcerated, business planning/non-profit formation, obtaining no-fault divorces, and landlord/tenant disputes. The bulk of in-court student representation takes place in the Traffic Division of Philadelphia Municipal Court. This project comes with the opportunity to participate in an independent study and receive academic credit. If you are interested in this as an independent study, please reach out to Associate Dean Arlene Rivera Finkelstein as soon as possible.

Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week, one year commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

To express interest: Students should provide a statement of interest no longer than one page (attention: Maya Sosnov), an unofficial transcript, a resume, and the phone number of at least one reference. In the statement of interest, please explain your interest in Federal Reentry Court, any relevant skills or experiences, and indicate whether you would like to participate in Morning or Afternoon Reentry Court.

 

The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement

Who Can Participate: All Students

Organization Website: http://rendellcenter.org/

Description

The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement is a non- profit organization started by Judge Marjorie Rendell and Governor Edward Rendell to promote civics education and engagement.  The Rendell Center offers opportunities for educators and the broader community to develop the knowledge, practices and dispositions of engaged citizenship.  For educators, the Rendell Center creates curriculum content, pedagogical tools, and professional development experiences.  For students, the Rendell Center develops literacy-based programs and experiential learning exercises. 

We are looking for dynamic, innovative and passionate individuals interested in joining our team to assist us in the our rollout of our Literacy Based Mock Trial program in grades k-8. We are looking for assistance in the development of material as well as individuals to work with elementary school classrooms on the Literature Based Mock program. This program combines literacy and the law in dynamic lessons for elementary school students. In addition, we are also looking for assistance with a new mock trial initiative with middle school students similar to the High School Mock Trial competition.

Pennsylvania law requires all volunteers in the Philadelphia School District to complete background checks. Contact TPIC for guidance in navigating this process.

This opportunity is NOT NY Bar eligible.

Time commitment: 4-6 hours per week with a semester commitment. 

To express interest: Email your resume and letter of interest (attention: Beth Specker, Executive Director) to Sarah Egoville.

 

School District of Philadelphia

Who can Participate: All students

Organization Website: https://www.philasd.org/

Description: The School District of Philadelphia is the cornerstone provider of public education in Philadelphia. This opportunity to work with the School District’s Office of General Counsel allows students to be involved in preparing legal advice and providing representation to the Board of Education and the School District of Philadelphia and its employees on a wide array of legal matters. One to three students are needed and will be given assignments from across all practice areas and miscellaneous research or other projects as they arise. Practice areas include; special education, litigation, civil rights, torts, compliance and ethics, labor and employment and contracts/transactional. The District is also willing to consider accommodating a student who has an interest in assignments within a specific practice area only.

*Students will be required to submit to background checks and clearances. Student may also need to engage in a conflicts check with previous or current pro bono work. Contact TPIC for guidance in navigating this process.

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours of work per week. It is possible that some of the work can be completed remotely. Semester commitment.

NY Bar Pro Bono: The work is likely to be New York Bar eligible.

To express interest:  Email your resume, unofficial transcript and cover letter addressed to Lynn Rauch, General Counsel (noting if you have a preferred practice area) to Sarah Egoville

 

SeniorLAW Center

There are SIX different opportunities available. All opportunities are at least a semester commitment.

Who can Participate: All Students  

Organization Website: http://seniorlawcenter.org/    

Description:

Philadelphia Landlord-Tenant Court Lawyer of the Day Program: This is a court-based program sanctioned by the Philadelphia Municipal Court and conducted by several public interest organizations. SeniorLAW Center staff attorneys are in court every Wednesday morning, from 8:45 a.m. until noon, representing tenants who come to court without counsel.  Two students are needed to help conduct intake and review documentation for the SeniorLAW Center staff attorney covering the LOTD program each court date. There will be opportunities to observe cases if they proceed to trial. Students must commit to at least two Wednesdays per month (alternating weeks) throughout the semester. Start date: as soon as possible. Students will be trained on their first day. 

If interested, please email Sarah Egoville your resume and note if you can volunteer weekly or biweekly.

 

PA SeniorLAW HelpLine: The Pennsylvania SeniorLAW HelpLine,  provides free and confidential legal counseling, information, brief services and referrals to older Pennsylvanians throughout diverse communities of the Commonwealth, including rural areas where there are few, if any, legal resources. The HelpLine handles a wide and interesting universe of civil legal issues, including real estate/housing, consumer protection, family law, estate and advance planning tools, public benefits, elder abuse, and neighbor disputes. After training, students will handle client intake activities – returning calls, collecting demographic information, and determining eligibility – and will elicit additional information to identify the legal issues.  Students must commit to work at least one half-day per week (4-hour shift preferred) for the entire semester. The helpline operates daily. 3-4 students are needed.

If interested, please email Sarah Egoville your resume. 

 

Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Program: This is a court-based partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and the Philadelphia Courts. SeniorLAW Center staff strategize with housing counselors and the senior homeowners they are helping, assess mortgage problems, and negotiate with lenders. Staff attorneys operate a “senior legal triage” every Thursday in City Hall, Courtroom 676. There are morning (9am-12:30pm) and afternoon (1pm-4pm) shifts each Thursday. Up to four students (1 student per shift) are needed to rotate and help staff triage every Thursday and assist seniors during the intake process and enter information in SeniorLAW Center’s online database. We ask that students commit to at least two Thursdays per month throughout the fall semester. Students are able to select either the morning or afternoon shift, or both if your schedule permits. Students can start immediately.  A mandatory training will be held at the Court House.

If interested, please email Sarah Egoville your resume and note your shift preference (am/pm) and if you are available weekly or biweekly.

 

Life Planning Clinics: Students will assist volunteer attorneys in helping to draft wills, living wills, health care and financial powers of attorney for Philadelphia seniors. Life Planning Clinics are  held at Blank Rome one Wednesday per month (typically 8:45 am - 2pm). Students commit to at least two events per semester and will be trained in advance.

If interested, please email Sarah Egoville your resume. 

 

Assisting the Tenant Rights Project: One student is needed to assist on this Project. Tasks may include; research, client intake and conferences, client needs assessments, gathering resources and referrals for individual clients, following up with client and community partners, and attend meeting/outreaches with the Director. The student will work closely with the supervisor.  Time will be spent at SeniorLAW’s offices as well as working remotely. It is anticipated that work will be 4 hours per week with a full semester commitment. To express interest: Please email a cover letter (addressed to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq.) and resume to Sarah Egoville.  A brief interview with the Senior Law Center will be scheduled.

Assisting the SeniorLAW Director of Homeowner Rights Project: One student is needed to assist the Director of the Program by conducting legal research on housing and title issues, writing memoranda, interviewing seniors in order to complete insurance applications, property tax assistance applications, review medical records and draft supporting letters for mortgage foreclosure deferrals and assist with contacting heirs in probate matters.  The student will work closely with the director and requires that time be spent in the Senior Law Office as well as working remotely. It is anticipated that work will be 5 hours per week with a full semester commitment.  To express interest: Please email a cover letter (addressed to Wendy E. Bookler, Esq.)  and resume to Sarah Egoville. A brief interview with the Senior Law Center will be scheduled.

NY Bar Pro Bono: All SeniorLAW pro bono opportunities are likely to be New York Bar eligible.