[NEW] Project Citizenship’s Citizenship Month
Project Citizenship seeks 2L and 3L pro bono volunteers from BC Law to assist with citizenship applications from now through October 2nd during Citizenship Month. This project will be remote and is in lieu of Boston’s annual Citizenship Day. Please sign up as soon as possible for application assistance appointments in August and September: http://projectcitizenship.org/citizenship-day-2020/.
[NEW] Volunteer Lawyers Project Seeks Fall 2020 Pro Bono Interns
Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) interns will be able to participate in virtual legal clinics and continue to do the same pro bono work as always even though VLP will operate remotely. Interns provide important legal support to one or more legal units by drafting documents, meeting with clients, writing memos, and attending legal clinics. Any student wishing to apply to VLP can read more information and submit an application online.
[NEW] Lawyers Clearinghouse Seeks Fall Pro Bono Volunteers
In view of COVID-19, Lawyers Clearinghouse’s legal work has shifted away from in-person clinics at local homeless shelters to focus primarily on remote clinics to seal and expunge CORIs (Criminal Offender Record Information). This work helps individuals with a criminal record gain housing, find employment, and otherwise move beyond their criminal past.
For more information, see the posting on SAGE.
[NEW] 2020 Election Voter Protection Opportunities for BC Law Students
The New Hampshire Democratic Party is looking for BC Law students to help with their voter protection efforts. Voter protection is the legal work required to help voters navigate their state’s election laws to ensure that all eligible and interested voters can legally cast their ballot. This year, voter protection is particularly important, due to the COVID crisis and changes to election law related to the pandemic. Voter protection work is substantive legal work that can be put on a resume and can qualify as pro bono hours. You do not need experience in politics, knowledge of election law, or a method of transportation to participate. It can be as low of a commitment as you would like it to be and some of the work can be done remotely. Interested in learning more about voter protection opportunities? Sign up for an information session. Contact Tim Hegedus, a rising 2L student at BC Law, at HegedusT@bc.edu with questions or concerns.
Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Inc.
Massachusetts Citizens Against the Death Penalty, Inc. (“MCADP”) seeks volunteer student assistance to help conduct interviews of people connected to the anti-death penalty movement in Massachusetts. MCADP wants to interview people with different connections to the death penalty in Massachusetts, including people who were involved in the leadership of MCADP, political and religious leaders, professors, community leaders and others so that the efforts in the past 100 years can be preserved for those who follow. If interested, please contact Alan Jay Rom, firstname.lastname@example.org or 978/376-9809 – cell phone. The full posting can be found here.
Massachusetts COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal
MassProBono is proud to announce the Massachusetts COVID-19 Pro Bono Portal, an initiative of MassProBono and the Pro Bono Committee of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s COVID-19 Task Force. MassProBono and the Commission have collaborated with legal aid and non-profit organizations throughout the state to create a current list of pro bono projects, many of which are remote, that will assist legal aid clients impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information and instructions to find COVID-19 projects for law students, please click here. As of June 27, there are currently two COVID-19 projects for law students listed with Community Legal Aid and Veterans Legal Services.
Volunteer with Bar Advocate Alum on Criminal Defense Cases for Indigent Clients
BC Law ’13, graduate and criminal defense solo-practitioner (Bar Advocate) needs immediate assistance with motions to suppress that are in the works for district court level criminal cases. Because of COVID lots of deadlines have been pushed out, so there is time for a student to really dive into research. Part-time, projected-based work, and flexible. Volunteer. Please send a resume to Julia Rindler at email@example.com (no cover letter necessary) but if you have relevant coursework (e.g. CrimPro) please mention it in the email.
COVID-19 Rapid Reactions/Systems Summer Institute
A collaboration between People’s Parity Project (PPP), the Systemic Justice Project (SJP), and the Justice Catalyst (JC) announces a COVID-19 Rapid Reaction/Systems Summer Institute, which will employ law students in full-time (or volunteer part-time) summer legal fellowships, working with legal and law-related organizations on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. While working on urgent projects, fellows will also participate in additional programming, described below. Fellows will conduct research, write memos or reports, produce “know your rights” materials, and otherwise assist with projects aimed at ensuring the most vulnerable members of our society obtain the support they need and meet the legal challenges they face in this public health and economic crisis.
COVID Relief Coalition
This pro bono project was shared with BC Law as a result of the Dean’s recent outreach to alumni. The Lawyers Clearinghouse provides pro bono legal assistance to nonprofit organizations statewide. They plan to soon see an increase in demand for assistance dealing with employment and contract issues as well as those needing help to navigate and apply for assistance through the CARES Act. They are working with a group of law firms and government agencies to create a central point of information for all things related to COVID-19 and legal challenges that nonprofits and small businesses will be facing going forward. This initiative has been named the COVID Relief Coalition. Lawyers for Civil Rights will be screening applicants for pro bono services from the small business community and the Lawyers Clearinghouse will be screening nonprofits. Following screening, clients will be placed among the participating law firms for pro bono representation. They will need help from students to review online applications, contact nonprofits, assist in case placement, and follow up on case progress. Time commitment and duration are flexible. Those interested should contact Executive Director Maribeth Perry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MA Emergency Court Document Assembly Line Project
This pro bono opportunity was shared by two BC Law alumni who are public interest attorneys in MA legal services organizations. They are working on this project and are eager to have interested BC Law students volunteer. This project is an assembly line to rapidly create mobile-friendly online court forms and pro se materials for key areas of urgent legal need amid the COVID-19 crisis. In cooperation with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission‘s COVID-19 task force, the project is operating out of the Legal Innovation and Technology Lab at Suffolk. Although they are focused on MA specific content, the project is sharing their work on GitHub in the hopes that their efforts can be replicated in other jurisdictions. All novel code they generate will be licensed under an MIT License, and they’re intentionally building on the open source docassemble platform. Here’s what they’re doing, and how you can help.
COVID-19 Pro Bono Opportunities, Organized by Students
Student Pro Bono Organizing Opportunity Student organizer, Alyssa Leader from UNC School of Law, is coordinating a pro bono effort across the United States in response to the increased need for legal services due to the spread of COVID-19. Students are helping out with research paid leave policies, drafting bail motions, supporting efforts from clients seeking release from immigration custody, and other small projects. Interested students should fill out this form. Please direct questions or concerns to Alyssa at email@example.com.
People’s Parity Project
The People’s Parity Project is a nationwide network of law students organizing with workers against corporate power and for workers’ rights. We’re working closely with grassroots and national partners fighting for emergency local, state, and federal legislation to get working families through the COVID-19 crisis. They need urgent help with legal and factual research — and that’s where you come in. Sign up to get connected to advocates who need your research and advocacy help!
Pro Bono Project
Learn about volunteer opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic from The Pro Bono Project’s Managing Attorney for Volunteer Engagement, Kathleen Legendre. Register to become a volunteer today!