Neighborhood Legal Services and Project TOPAD Internship
Thank you for expressing interest in a volunteer /internship position with Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County and the Project TOPAD! NLSLA is a non-profit law firm that provides free legal information and representation to low-income individuals in areas such as family law, immigration law, employment law, housing law, and more. Project TOPAD (“Tracking of Paternity and Divorce”) is a project aimed at improving the quality of services provided to self-represented litigants in family law matters so that they can successfully complete their cases.
Currently we are actively seeking individuals who are interested in volunteering with NLSLA and especially Project TOPAD. This is an excellent opportunity to explore the field of public interest law and to work under the guidance of a supervising attorney. Many volunteers are either currently attending law school or are in the process of applying to law school.
We are especially looking for volunteers who are interested in helping make phone calls to litigants as part of Project TOPAD. Volunteers who are fluent in Spanish are particularly desirable. You may commit to as many hours per week as your schedule permits. Depending upon your availability, we have different assignments that you can help with. For example, if you are only able to assist for 2-4 hours per week, you could make phone calls from home. If you can commit to 7-10 + hours per week, then you could work some shifts working directly with litigants in addition to making phone calls to litigants. We are flexible with scheduling for volunteers with Project TOPAD because we make many phone calls after business hours (after 5pm), and you can even make calls from home.
You will also have the option of providing direct assistance to low-income self-represented litigants in family law and housing law matters in the Van Nuys Self-Help Legal Access Center. Specifically, volunteers help litigants fill out their court forms and provide information on the legal process and next steps in the litigants’ cases. The hours at the Van Nuys Self-Help Legal Access Center are Monday – Thursday (8:30am-12:30pm, 1:30pm-4:30pm) and Friday (8:30am-12:30pm).
TOPAD Project Volunteer Orientation/Training will begin the week of July 23, 2012. You must attend one orientation/training before you begin working with the TOPAD Project. I hope to offer multiple training sessions between the weeks of July 23 and August 6 to accommodate scheduling conflicts, though most likely the training sessions will only occur on Monday or Tuesday afternoons. Please let me know if this presents a genuine scheduling conflict for you.
Tentatively, the first two trainings (you need only attend one of them) will take place on the following dates:
Monday, July 23, from 3:30-5:30pm
Tuesday, July 24, from 3:30-5:30pm
Please email email@example.com to sign up for an orientation OR join the event via the “The TOPAD Project” Facebook group. After you sign up, please keep an eye out for a confirmation email in mid July with additional details such as parking information and directions. The trainings will take place in the Van Nuys Self-Help Legal Access Center (3rd floor, Room 350) of the Van Nuys Courthouse.
For more information about Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, please see http://www.nls-la.org. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
Thank you, and I look forward to speaking with you.
Justice Corps 2011-12
Volunteer, Neighborhood Legal Services and Project TOPAD