Current Opportunities

Attention Pro Bono Volunteers:

Please remember that you must complete the online ethics course prior to commencing training for, or volunteering at, your placement. Any hours you may have earned prior to completing the ethics course cannot be counted toward Pro Bono Society membership.


Students, legal services organizations, and attorneys are encouraged to create additional opportunities. To learn more, go to Create Your Own Project for students or Create a Project for host sites.

Download a printable summary of the opportunities listed below.

Current and Upcoming Projects

Advocacy and Benefits Counseling (ABC) for Health, Inc.

ABC for Health, Inc.
32 North Bassett Street
Madison, WI 53703
608-261-6939

Advocacy and Benefits Counseling (ABC) for Health, Inc. is a Wisconsin-based, non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to ensuring health care access for children and families, particularly those with special needs or who are at risk. Student volunteers will be involved in assisting firm attorneys in direct client service to low-income, underserved Wisconsin residents as well as assisting in legal research, writing, briefing and policy work.

Direct client services will include client interviews, intake interviews, and follow up meetings to determine health care financing needs and services for patients and clients. A student will help identify health coverage options for ABC clients, in consultation with attorneys and health benefits advocacy staff, and help with any appeals, challenges or denials of coverage. Students will assist client services staff in our contract with local providers, which will involve working with patients to identify health coverage and navigate hurdles to accessing available coverage options.

In addition, students may assist ABC for Health teach and train public health service providers, advocates, and attorneys. Some students will conduct research on a topic identified by work with clients. After research, the results will be translated into policy proposals, newsletters and papers, Continuing Legal Education (CLE) materials or web cast materials to help disperse the findings.

Number of student volunteers requested: 2
Approximate hours of work requested: 12-20 hours/week. Students will select a regular work schedule that will become their shift for the semester.
Training: Students will undergo extensive orientation and training on both substantive health coverage programs, federal and state laws, administrative rules and advocacy strategies, and on client services skills including client interviewing, database systems, phone systems, etc. Students will benefit from one-on-one, hands-on training with their supervisor, other attorneys and health benefits counselors at ABC for Health.
Work will be performed: At ABC for Health (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. Students must be a 2L or 3L during the 2016-2017 Academic Year. Spanish language ability preferred.
To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to supervising attorney Brynne McBride at bmcbride@safetyweb.org

Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project (Legal Action)

Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project
31 S. Mills Street
Madison, WI 53715

We are excited to announce our new Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project - created in partnership with Legal Action of Wisconsin. This Pro Bono clinic will take place once a month at the Legal Action of Wisconsin - Madison. Students who participate in this clinic will have the opportunity to assist attorneys with both in-person reviews of Chapter 7 bankruptcy procedures and conference calls with people who seek to understand their options given their financial stresses. Some students may be able to assist an attorney in providing full bankruptcy representation. No prior experience or knowledge with Bankruptcy is needed.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Approximate hours of work requested: 2 hours per clinic, second Friday of each month from 10am-12pm
Training: Fall 2016 training will be held on Friday, October 7th, 2016 from 9am-12pm.
Work will be performed: At Legal Action (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by foot, car, and bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L. LLM/SJD) welcome. 
To participate: RSVP to probonoprogram@law.wisc.edu to participate in the training. 

Community Immigration Law Center (CILC)

Clinic Location:
Christ Presbyterian Church
944 E Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703

CILC provides legal information regarding immigration to individuals and groups who might otherwise not have access to the legal system. CILC does this through walk-in legal clinics, know-your-rights presentations, and other community outreach activities. CILC grew out of a series of meetings with people from various legal, social, and faith-based organizations who shared a concern about the lack of affordable legal services for noncitizens in our community.

The Latino Law Students Association coordinates student volunteering at CILC every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. At CILC, students conduct intakes on behalf of CILC attorneys with walk-in immigrant clients. Students also have the opportunity to observe attorney-client meetings following the intake. 

Number of student volunteers requested: 5 to 6 students per visit
Approximate hours of work requested: 3 hours per visit
Training: Students must attend a training session prior to participation. Trainings are typically held three times per year, in summer, fall semester, and spring semester.
Work will be performed: At Christ Presbyterian Church (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by foot or bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L) welcome. Various languages preferred, especially Spanish.
To participate: Contact Michelle Brandemuehl at mbrandemuehl@wisc.edu

Community Justice Inc. (CJI)

Community Justice Inc.
214 N. Hamilton St. #101
Madison, WI 53713
608-442-3003

Community Justice's mission is to serve low and moderate income families and individuals in need of legal service through direct legal services, community awareness, educational programming. Their goal is to provide legal services at a rate drastically below the market cost of representation. They believe that through community collaboration they can advocate for the legal needs of low-income and under-represented people in the courtroom and community.

Law students will help increase access to the legal system for low-income and under-represented individuals by helping to provide direct legal services, community awareness educational programming and policy development advisory work. They will do this by doing intakes, assisting attorneys to prepare documents, doing research and more.

Number of student volunteers requested: As many as possible
Approximate hours of work requested: 4-8 hours/week. Volunteer shifts are usually 9:00am-1:00pm and 1:00pm-5:00pm. CJI asks for a minimal commitment one weekly shift for the length of a semester.
Training: Community Justice will individually train all law students who will be volunteering at Community Justice. Training is provided in intake procedure, general office procedures and protocol, including the preparation of documents. Written training materials are provided for reference in all matters volunteers work on, including detailed phone scripts to ensure conflict checks and eligibility checks are properly completed. Training is provided each semester or school break time period to all volunteers in a group setting. Attempts are made to accommodate as many schedules as possible. If a student is unable to attend the training, additional opportunities will be provided.
Work will be performed: At Community Justice, but some off-site work may be possible.
Transportation: Accessible by Foot (20-30 minutes) or Bus (16-20 minute trip) from the Law School.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome. Students who have an interest in or have taken classes on family law and who have an interest in assisting people of very limited economic resources will help.
To apply: Submit a resume and cover letter to supervising attorney Jennifer Binkley at jennifer@communityjusticeinc.org

Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Dane County CASA
A program of the Canopy Center
1457 East Washington Avenue, Suite 102
Madison, WI 53703
608-729-1136

The mission of Dane County CASA is to be an independent voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the Dane County Court System. CASA does this by training, supporting and supervising community-based volunteers who advocate for these children in the community and in the courts with the goal of establishing them in safe, permanent homes as soon as possible.

Law student volunteer advocates will meet weekly with families with children under a CHIPS, JIPS or delinquency order. Students will write reports for social workers, guardians at litem, attorneys, and judges on the family's progress and appear in court to advocate for the best interest of the child. CASA is particularly in need of male volunteers to meet a growing demand in cases involving boys and young men. More information can be found here.

Number of student volunteers requested: 4-6
Approximate hours of work requested: Approximately 2 hours per week. Students must plan to participate for one full year. Once training is completed the time commitment will primarily involve the weekly visits with the family each volunteer is assigned to. This timing is dependent on the family's schedule. Most volunteers visit weekday afternoons and evenings, some do weekend or daytime visits. Volunteers can attend hearings, team meetings, and IEPs, which are conducted during regular business hours.
Training: A mandatory 30-hour training will be provided on: the Dane County legal system, cultural competency, domestic violence and other issues facing families. Students will also be trained to write reports to the court based on observations. FALL 2016 training sessions will be on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm from 9/14 until 10/26 (no class October 12th). All training sessions should be attended. 
Work will be performed: At various locations throughout Dane County such as the family's home or the child's school. Additional work will be performed at the CASA office (address above) and the Dane County Courthouse.
Transportation: Visits can happen on the bus line, but a personal vehicle would be helpful.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To apply: Complete an application and submit to Meaghan Henry at meaghan@danecountycasa.org 

Dane County TimeBank Youth Court

Dane County TimeBank, Inc.
1202 Williamson St., Suite 107
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 663-0400

The mission of the TimeBank Youth Court is to provide a positive alternative to the juvenile justice system so youth can willingly take responsibility for their actions, make amends and build healthy and productive relationships. Working with law enforcement, collaborating nonprofits, schools and neighborhood groups, youth in the program can contribute to a safer, more caring community.

The TimeBank Youth Court sends kids in trouble to a jury of their peers rather than through the court system. A ticket or other formal consequence may be held in abeyance while the young person is given the chance to pursue this alternate course of action. The peer jury hears the case, then generally sentences youth to activities that include repairing the harm and participating in activities that can help them succeed in the long run. These activities can include: writing letters of apology to victims or other restorative justice activities, life skills or mentoring programs, tutoring younger kids, and more. When youths' sentences are complete they have the option to continue their service, earning TimeBank Hours.

The goal is to keep young people engaged in programs that they enjoy and are benefiting from. They can build a stronger social network and build their skills, capacities, and work experience. The Dane County TimeBank's program is modeled on Washington DC's Time Dollar Youth Court. The TimeBank Youth Court is now underway in Madison's West, East, Memorial and LaFollette High Schools. In addition to our school-based youth courts, the TimeBank is now running two youth court sites weekly in the community at Fountain of Life Church (833 W. Badger Rd) and James Reeb Unitarian Church (2416 W. Johnson St). For each of our locations we are looking for experienced mentors, tutors, and all-around helpers to participate.

Number of student volunteers requested: 1-4 per site
Hours of work requested: 2-3 hours/month, additional hours are available if interested in mentoring or doing one on one work with referrals. Each session is approximately 2.5 hours. Youth court at school sites will be from 3:45pm-5:30pm (days to be determined). Community sites will be from 4:30pm-6:30pm on Mondays (Fountain of Life Church) and Wednesdays (James Reeb Church).
Training: Attending a juror training is encouraged
Work will be performed: At the Madison's West, East, Memorial and LaFollette High Schools monthly. Also at Fountain of Life Church and James Reeb Church weekly.
Transportation: Bus transportation is available, but a car would be helpful
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome. Previous experience working with teens will help.
To apply: Contact Lorrie Hurckes, Executive Director, at lorrie@danecountytimebank.org

Housing Advice Clinic (Legal Action)

Legal Action of Wisconsin
31 S. Mills Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53715
(608) 256-3304

This is an in-person, advice-only housing clinic that will cover security deposit and small claims damages cases against landlords. Generally the volunteer attorney and assigned volunteer student will meet with each client for a half hour consult. The role of the student will be to take notes at the meeting and put those notes into our database. If the case is accepted for full representation, the student has the option to “stay” with the case and assist the volunteer attorney that accepts the case for full representation. It is rare that the cases are referred for full representation.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Approximate hours of work requested: 4.5 hours/clinic. Clinics are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 9:00am - 1:20pm. Depending on availability, students can sign up for as many as desired.
Training: A two-hour DVD training is required; there is an optional online course also available.
Work will be performed: At Legal Action of Wisconsin (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by foot, car, and bus from the Law School
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity.
To apply: Please contact supervising attorney Erica Lopez at ekl@legalaction.org

Legal Action of Wisconsin (LAW)

Legal Action of Wisconsin
31 S. Mills Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53715
(608) 256-3304

Legal Action of Wisconsin Inc. (LAW) is a non-profit law firm that provides civil legal representation to achieve justice for low-income people. LAW advocates for empowerment and systemic change that helps low-income people access their legal rights. LAW handles civil law cases such as housing, public benefits, family law, and consumer law. 

Law students will assist with public benefits cases (food stamps, welfare, health insurance, child care, disability). The tasks will include intake, organizing case files, document preparation, drafting correspondence to clients and attorneys, legal and policy research, investigation, document review and administrative work inherent in case management.

Number of student volunteers requested: 1
Project start/end date: Ongoing; at least two semesters of volunteering is required.
Approximate hours of work requested: 5-10 hours/week
Training: Supervising attorney will provide necessary training
Work will be performed: At Legal Action of Wisconsin (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by foot, car, and bus from the Law School
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. Students must be 2Ls or 3Ls. Hmong or Spanish language ability preferred, but not required. Prior work experience in an office setting is preferred. 
To apply: Submit a resume and a brief statement of interest (not a cover letter - no more than half a page) to supervising attorney Erica Lopez at ekl@legalaction.org

Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR)

Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief
Contact: Samantha Richie - srichie@wisc.edu or Bryant Ray - bbray2@wisc.edu 

The Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR) is a law student organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to low-income victims of major natural disasters. As least once a year (during winter break and/or spring break), students travel to a location in the United States that has recently suffered from a major natural disaster. During this trip, students clerk full-time for local non-profits assisting direct and indirect victims of the disaster with legal issues arising out of the disaster, including access to public benefits, employment, housing, patient dumping, and discharge of pre-disaster financial obligations.

Expected tasks include: intake interviewing; legal research and memo-writing; client-counseling and case evaluation; and, drafting or updating legal information brochures and practice manuals. In previous years, students have volunteered at organizations such as AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, Louisiana Civil Justice Center, and the Orleans Public Defenders.

Number of student volunteers requested: 15-20 per trip
Approximate hours of work requested: 40 hours per trip
Training: Students will be trained by LADR prior to departure in addition to on-site training by attorneys at each host organization.
Work will be performed: On-site in locations recently affected by major natural disasters
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To apply: Applications will be accepted in October 2016

Legal Intervention for Non-Violence Clinic (LINC)

Quarles & Brady
33 East Main Street Suite 900
Madison, Wisconsin 53703

The Legal Intervention for Nonviolence Clinic (LINC) is a free legal clinic that assists clients of Domestic Abuse Intervention Services (DAIS) in addressing some the unique legal challenges posed by domestic violence. Volunteer lawyers from Quarles and Brady staff the clinic, and provide brief legal advice, information and referrals on a variety of civil legal matters. The clinic operates on an appointment basis, with all appointments scheduled through DAIS. Clinics are held twice per month at either Quarles & Brady or DAIS.

Number of student volunteers requested: varies
Approximate hours of work requested: One LINC session (2.5 hours). Clinics are held weekday evenings from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Currently they are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 
Training: Supervising attorneys will provide the necessary training
Work will be performed: At the Quarles & Brady office (address above) or at the DAIS facility
Transportation: By foot, bus or car from the law school
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To participate: Please contact Kathryn Kirk at Kathryn.Kirk@quarles.com

Legal Observer Program

National Lawyers Guild
at UW Law School
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

The National Lawyers Guild's Legal Observer Program aims to protect the civil liberties of community organizers, activists, and protesters when they express their political views in the public sphere. Legal Observers are attorney-trained volunteers who attend protests as neutral observers - as their name implies - in order to ensure that individuals are able to express themselves without unjust interference by law enforcement. Their presence is primarily meant to serve as a deterrent to unconstitutional activity.

This new pro bono opportunity will allow students to be trained and volunteer as Legal Observers for local protests and activist activities on an as-needed basis. Typically, Legal Observers will attend local actions - under the supervision or guidance of an attorney - after a request by a local community organization or non-profit and, using their training, observe the activities of any law enforcement present to ensure the protection of the participants' constitutional rights. In some circumstances, Legal Observers will be asked to serve as witnesses in the event of a participant's arrest or in a related civil case.

Number of student volunteers requested: 1-4 per event, depending on need
Approximate hours of work requested: 3-4 hours per event, depending on needs. Students who participate as Legal Observers may also be asked to perform follow up work in the event of an arrest during a protest, and to testify as a witness during any subsequent trial.
Training: Required before participation. Will be offered one time per semester.
Work will be performed: Within the Madison area, but varying depending on the location of a given protest
Transportation: Can usually be arranged with an NLG member beforehand. Bus transit may be an option, depending on a given protest's proximity to a bus route.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L, LLM/SJD) welcome.
To participate: Please contact the student coordinator, Dan Schneider at dschneider4@wisc.edu

Madison Path to Citizenship

Madison Path to Citizenship
UW Division of Continuing Studies
21 N. Park Street, 7th floor
Madison WI 53715

Madison Path to Citizenship is a network of service providers, educational institutions, agencies, businesses, and individuals dedicated to supporting lawful permanent residents on their path to responsible, civically-engaged U.S. citizenship. We operate by scaling-up institutional capacity to support naturalization through partner organizations by offering the following free services and programs: informational sessions about the process of naturalization and where to seek help in Dane County; assistance for lawful permanent residents who want to navigate the path to naturalization; screening by an attorney for citizenship eligibility and help to complete the USCIS fee waiver form; citizenship workshops twice a year to help applicants complete the 21-page N-400 Application for Naturalization; ESL civics courses and tutoring to prepare for the U.S. Citizenship test; training to strengthen organizational capacity and support for naturalization of permanent residents in Dane County.

Number of student volunteers requested: 10-15
Project start/end date: Ongoing. We are recruiting volunteers for 1) Outreach sessions to educate the public about the process of naturalization and the available resources in Madison and 2) Help at the next Citizenship Workshop
Approximate hours of work requested: Outreach: 1-2 hours (accompanied by staff). Workshops: 5-8 hours(1-3 hours of training and 4 hours at workshop)
Training: All volunteers will complete a one-hour training program. For workshops, students will need to complete an additional 90-minute online training program.
Transportation: 30 minute walk from Memorial Union or 15 minute bus ride
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L, LLM/SJD) welcome.
To apply: Submit an email with a one-sentence explanation of interest in volunteering to laurie.sz.greenberg@wisc.edu. Please indicate the following: if you are interested in training to talk with groups about immigration and U.S. citizenship, if you would like to be trained to provide naturalization application support services, and if you are fluent in Spanish.

Municipal Defense Project

Municipal Defense Project
a project of Community Justice Inc.
214 N. Hamilton St. #101
Madison, WI 53713
608-442-3003

In conjunction with the City of Madison Municipal Court, the Homeless Restorative Justice Project, Legal Action, the Neighborhood Law Clinic, and the Homeless Court, Community Justice Inc. is proud to introduce the Municipal Defense Project. This project offers a law clinic to assist our homeless community members as they deal with City of Madison municipal tickets. Unfortunately, homeless individuals are disproportionately affected by these tickets due to increased visibility and economic vulnerability. Fines incurred from these tickets are often impossible for homeless individuals to pay, leading to debt and sometimes jail time. The goal of the project is to pair homeless individuals with pro-bono attorneys who will offer free representation for tickets incurred as the direct result of being homeless. Students will have the opportunity to assist attorneys as they prepare to represent clients.

Number of student volunteers requested: 5-10
Approximate hours of work requested: Will vary depending on cases, but likely no more than 2 hours per week
Work will be performed: TBA
Transportation: Accessible by car, bus, or on foot
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L, LLM/SJD) welcome.
To participate: Students can send an email with "Municipal Defense Project" in the subject line to Seep Paliwal at seep@communityjusticeinc.org. In the email, please include your name, phone number, year in law school, and why you are interested in the project.

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) Dodge County Detention Facility Trips

Hosted by: National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
208 S. LaSalle St., Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60604

UW Immigrant Justice Clinic
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706

Documented and undocumented individuals from around the country are detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Dodge County Detention Facility in Juneau, Wisconsin. ICE leases bed space from the jail, and at any given time there are approximately 200 immigration detainees there, awaiting deportation proceedings. Some of these detainees have valid claims to remain in the United States, but most face language, cultural, and/or financial barriers to accessing legal representation or advice. There are no court-appointed attorneys in immigration proceedings so most detainees end up representing themselves. The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and the Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) work to provide legal information and representation to these detainees.

IJC coordinates monthly visits to the Dodge County jail to provide basic legal information to detainees and to conduct intake interviews. A group of 8-12 volunteers spend four hours at the jail conducting one-on-one interviews with detainees. Their intakes are then reviewed by NIJC and IJC for possible representation.

Volunteers gain first-hand experience with our immigration system while providing a social good to underserved communities. These visits may be the only service detainees receive during the deportation process. Spanish language ability is extremely helpful, but not required. Other languages are helpful too! Volunteers must attend a one-hour training prior to participating. Visits happen one Friday a month, departing Madison by 7:00 am, and returning by 2:00 pm. Transportation is provided.

Number of student volunteers requested: 8 - 10 students per visit
Upcoming visit dates: One Friday a month
Approximate hours of work requested: 4 hours pro bono credit per visit + 2-3 hours of travel time
Training: Students are trained on-campus where they are exposed to the NIJC intake forms and various scenarios that may arise in conducting intakes with immigrant detainees. Trainings will be offered at least three times each year: Fall semester, Spring semester, and Summer semester. If there is demand for an additional training, that can be accommodated as well.
Work will be performed: At the Dodge County Detention Facility, Juneau, WI.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome. Various languages preferred, especially Spanish.
To participate: Please contact Michelle Brandemuehl, mbrandemuehl@wisc.edu

Ready to Rent

Ready to Rent
Housing Law Trainings at the Dane County Jail

Hosted by:
Neighborhood Law Clinic
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 263-9575

Clinic Location:
William H. Ferris Center
2120 Rimrock Road
Madison, WI 53713

Students participating in Ready to Rent will learn about key issues in landlord-tenant law, then present that information to Dane County Jail inmates at the William H. Ferris Center. Students will gain experience in public speaking, educational outreach, and working with jail inmates, as well as a better understanding of state and local housing law.

Ready to Rent's goal is to help jail inmates prepare for the rental application process, learn their legal rights and options for finding housing with a criminal record, and anticipate and avoid common rental problems. The Ready to Rent program is supported by Madison-area Urban Ministry (MUM), a non-profit organization that fights for systemic change to our criminal justice system and offers trainings and classes to help individuals released from jail transition back into their communities.

The Ready to Rent curriculum focuses on budgeting, understanding tenant legal rights and responsibilities, navigating landlord-tenant law in Wisconsin and Dane County, and other advice for maintaining a successful renting experience. Attorney Mitch and students from the Neighborhood Law Clinic will host training sessions in this curriculum each semester.

Students participating in Ready to Rent will be in charge of leading class sessions with groups of 4-10 inmates at the Ferris Center. Class sessions are held Monday nights from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Students will work in teams of 2-3 to lead each session.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Approximate hours of work requested: 4-10 per semester
Training: Training sessions are held every fall and spring. Attendance at the training session is mandatory. Students must also complete a mandatory training at the Dane County Jail before working with inmates. Students will schedule the Dane County Jail training at the initial training session.
Work will be performed: Students primarily work at the William H. Ferris Center. The program may be expanded to include sessions at the downtown Dane County Jail.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. No course work required; all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To participate: Students are required to attend two mandatory training sessions (described above) before being eligible to act as a session leader. Interested students may email uwreadytorent@gmail.com for additional information.

Resource Navigator Program

Resource Navigator Program
at Wingra Family Medical Center
1102 South Park Street
Madison, WI 53715

The Navigator project at the Wingra Medical Center is a new and evolving project developed to address the broad social determinants of health (basic needs that effect health). Through this project, Wingra Family Medical Center staff has begun asking their patients (via a screening survey) whether they want help meeting basic needs like transportation, food, jobs, and childcare. This project is now seeking a law student to evaluate legal services requests, to oversee referrals to local legal resources, and provide legal education about rights and support when resources are unavailable. Students will work with existing navigators, teaming to provide the legal resources in context with other resources (e.g. modifying services when a client also needs transportation support or has limited access to a phone). Law students will be directly supervised by a clinical legal professor, who will be both on site and available at the law school. They will also have support from social work supervisors.

Number of student volunteers requested: Two. Requires a 2+ semester commitment
Approximate hours of work requested: 2-4 hours per week, with one shift of approximately 2 hours at Wingra Family Medical Center. Other time will be traveling to resources with clients and/or researching resources, which can happen off site.
Transportation: Wingra Family Medical Center is accessible by bus, car, or on foot
Desired course or clinic experience: Preference will be given to students who have completed a legal clinical experience or have any client-services experiences. Fluency in Spanish or other languages a significant plus, as well as experience working with people with disabilities.
To participate: Please send cover letter, resume, and two references to Lane Hanson at lane@patientpartnerships.org. In the cover letter, please specify why you are interested in this pro bono opportunity, as well as the experience and skills you would bring to the position.

Street Law Project

Street Law Project
at Madison East High School
2222 E. Washington Ave.
Madison, WI 53704

Street Law programs work to empower young people to become active, engaged members of the community by giving them practical knowledge about the law and their rights. In this project, the law students will work with a group of high school students to educate them about their legal rights and then support the high school students as they work to prepare their own "know your rights" presentation, which they will give to other students and possibly at other venues in the community. In Fall 2016, law students will be working at Madison East High School in collaboration with Centro Hispano.

Number of student volunteers requested: 4-6
Project start/end date: Ongoing during Fall and Spring semesters
Approximate hours of work requested: 3-4 hours per week for six weeks, 24-30 hours total per semester. The time commitment is one afternoon every two weeks.
Training: None required
Work will be performed: At Madison East High School in Fall 2016 (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by car and bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L, LLM/SJD) welcome.
To participate: Please send letter of interest to Benjamin Harville at bharville@wisc.edu

Student Expulsion Prevention Project (StEPP)

Student Expulsion Prevention Project (StEPP)
a project of the Wisconsin Public Defender's Office
608-886-9787

The Student Expulsion and Prevention Project (StEPP), organized by the Wisconsin State Public Defender's Office, is the recipient of a grant from the State Bar of Wisconsin's Legal Assistance Committee. The project trains and fields volunteer lawyers to represent students facing expulsion in Dane County. The State Public Defender's Office is coordinating the program with the help of many volunteers, both pro bono attorneys and law students.

Number of student volunteers requested: 15
Approximate hours of work requested: Generally, a case may last about 15 days and the hours may vary, but it will likely be less than 5 hours.
Training: There is a training video that volunteers will need to watch before participating.
Work will be performed: Can be done remotely, or law student volunteer may meet with lawyer assigned to case and/or with student being represented. Volunteer may need to travel to the student's home or school, or the central administration building at 545 West Dayton Street in Madison.
To participate: Contact Diane Rondini-Harness at stepp.probono@gmail.com

Sunshine Legal Clinic

1632 W. Main Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590

The Sunshine Legal Clinic's mission is to improve access to legal services for individuals in and around Sun Prairie who could otherwise not afford them. In addition to assisting with client interviews and intake, students will be paired with the volunteer attorneys to provide 15-30 minute consultations to individuals seeking advice in the areas of family law, debt collection, tenant rights, immigration, criminal, small claims, employment, and more.

The free legal clinic is held on the first Thursday of each month from 5-7pm at 1632 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie.

Number of student volunteers requested: Four (4)
Approximate hours of work requested: 2.5 hours per month
Training: Watch orientation video
Work will be performed: On site at the address listed above
Transportation: Provided by the student
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. All law students are encouraged to apply. Spanish language ability is a plus.
To apply: Submit a letter of interest and resume to Attorney Joshua J. Kindkeppel at j.kindkeppel@els-law.com or 100 Willburn Road, Suite 202, Sun Prairie, WI 53590. 


Tenant Resource Center (TRC)

"For Housing Justice In Wisconsin"

Tenant Resource Center
1202 Williamson Street Ste. 102
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 257-0143

The Tenant Resource Center is a nonprofit, membership organization that educates tenants and landlords about their rental rights and responsibilities. We offer real solutions to real problems, unlock the door to affordable housing, and keep families safe in their homes through housing counseling, referrals, and mediation.

Volunteer Housing Counselors are a central part of our mission. They will work directly with clients to help them understand tenant landlord law and its remedies. Common topics are eviction, repairs, security deposits, ending leases, discrimination, and retaliation. Counselors explain strategies for negotiation and asserting tenant rights, as well as resolutions that clients can find in small claims court or with authorities like Building Inspection and Consumer Protection. Counselors will also become familiar with extensive referrals for social services in Dane County, including Tenant Resource Center's Housing Help Desk and Housing Mediation Service.

Number of student volunteers requested: 1-10
Approximate hours of work requested: Minimum commitment is 3 hours/week for one year or 4 hours per week for one academic year. (Other arrangements are acceptable upon request, as long as students complete 150 hours.) Shifts are flexible for changes in the school calendar, and can be scheduled anytime between 9am - 6pm, Monday - Friday.
Training: Students will complete a mandatory training (taught by TRC staff) on federal, state, and local housing laws and referrals. This 13-hour class will be taught over the course of two days: usually a Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm (both days). There is a break for lunch each day, with meal provided. Registration is required. After the class, new volunteers with shadow and be shadowed by experienced volunteers while counseling clients in our main office. There is ongoing supervision from staff as volunteers work with clients on their own.
Work will be performed: At the Tenant Resource Center main office (address above)
Transportation: Bus transportation is available
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome. Spanish and other language skills preferred but not required.
To apply: Email Program Director Anders Zanichkowsky: anderstrc@gmail.com with any questions.

Unemployment Appeals Clinic (UAC)

Clinic Location:
Madison Labor Temple
1602 South Park Street, #106
Madison, WI 53715

Through participation in the Unemployment Appeals Clinic students will learn a substantive area of administrative law, and gain basic litigation skills such as case intake, client counseling, document preparation and representation in administrative law hearings.

The Unemployment Appeals Clinic is a volunteer organization staffed by University of Wisconsin Law students and supervising attorneys. The purpose of the clinic is to help provide assistance to the unemployed in the local community, most of whom cannot find legal help elsewhere. The Clinic's goal is to help clients file unemployment compensation claims with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The Clinic only deals with claims involving Wisconsin Unemployment Law.

The Clinic acts primarily as an information center to help members of the community prepare themselves for an Unemployment Insurance hearing. It also provides trained law students with the opportunity to appear at the administrative hearings and to help draft briefs to the Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC) to obtain unemployment benefits.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Approximate hours of work requested: 6-12 per semester
Training: Training sessions are held every fall. Attendance at all training sessions is mandatory.
Work will be performed: Students primarily work at the Labor Temple (address above), unless they are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing.
Transportation: Accessible by foot (30 min from Law School) or by bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To participate: Students are required to attend the mandatory training sessions held in the fall semester before being eligible to act as a student advocate. Interested students may email uwunemploymentappealsclinic@gmail.com for additional information.


Veterans Law Center (VLC)

Veterans Law Center Locations:

City-County Building
(2nd Thursday of each month, 11:00pm to 1:00pm)
210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Madison, WI 53703

Porchlight, Inc.
(4th Thursday of each month, 5:00pm to 7:00pm)
306 North Brooks Street
Madison, WI, 53715

Madison VA Hospital
(4th Friday of each month, 11:00am to 1:00pm)
2500 Overlook Terrace
Madison, WI, 53705

The VLC is a free legal center staffed by volunteer lawyers, paralegals and law students. The center serves low-income veterans and their families, providing brief legal advice, information and referrals on a variety of civil legal matters. Additionally, staff from the Dane County Veterans Service Office can provide information about non-legal resources available to veterans.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Approximate hours of work requested: One or more VLC session (2.5 hours) a semester
Training: Students complete a 90 minute mandatory training session on military knowledge, veterans' issues, professional responsibility, ethics, and a general overview of the VLC.
Work will be performed: At the three VLC sites (addresses above) only
Transportation: Accessible by foot or bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To participate: Attend a training session first. Training sessions are offered once each semester. Please contact the VLC Student Coordinator at studentcoordinator.vlc@gmail.com. Students can be added to the listserv to be kept informed about VLC happenings.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program

UW Law School Business and Tax Law Association (BATLAW)
975 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53703

VITA Site:
2300 South Park Street Lower Level
Madison, WI 53713

The mission of the VITA program is to provide free tax preparation to low to moderate income individuals and families. Students will completely prepare and file the tax return of each client. Students may also be asked to do various clerical activities (filing signed papers, etc.). Additionally, students will have the opportunity to learn more about tax issues and answer client questions regarding various tax issues.

Our drop-in hours are January through April, Noon-6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am-3pm. Generally the best times to come are around 2pm or 3pm Mondays and Wednesdays or in the afternoon on Saturdays.

*Students participating in VITA for directed research credits are not eligible for pro bono hours.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Project start/end date: January through April every year
Approximate hours of work requested: 30 hours total from January through April
Training: Students complete an optional software training then take an online certification test. Students will be required to go through tax training at the VITA site where they will learn how to use the software and work on practice problems.
Work will be performed: At the VITA site (address above)
Transportation: Accessible by bus
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. All levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To participate: Please contact Justin Top at top@wisc.edu or Chelsea Fischer at cfischer5@wisc.edu

Western District of Wisconsin Project

The UW Law School Pro Bono Program and the Western District of Wisconsin Bar Association Pro Bono Committee are pleased to announce a new opportunity for students. Students can sign up to be matched with an attorney who is working on a pro bono case in the Western District of Wisconsin.The majority of these cases are inmate civil suits against the state and its employees alleging deliberate indifference and excessive force.

Attorneys are looking for students who are interested in this type of work and in seeing how things are done behind the scenes since federal cases do not have many hearings. Student participation will vary depending on the needs of the attorney. Students may work with the attorney for the duration of a case, a small portion of the case, or for just a specific project, such as pulling together jury instructions, doing legal research and drafting memos, or helping with depositions.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Project start/end date: Will vary depending on the needs of cases
Approximate hours of work requested: Will vary depending on the needs of the attorney
Training: Conducted by the assigned attorney
Work will be performed: Discuss with the assigned attorney
Desired course or clinical experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. This will vary depending on the case. Right now we envision that once we gather the project description and student requirements from the attorney, we will forward that to our list of interested students. Any students who are interested in the specific job opportunity we announce will then be asked to respond with a paragraph explaining their interest and a current resume. From those responses we will select a student to work with the attorney.
To participate: Please contact Dawn at probonoprogram@law.wisc.edu to sign up for the email list.

Wisconsin Wills for Heroes

State Bar of Wisconsin
P.O. Box 7158
Madison, WI 53707

Through the Wisconsin Wills for Heroes Program, volunteer lawyers, students and support personnel participate in clinics scheduled for first responder organizations around the state. At these events, volunteer lawyers and students prepare wills and other estate planning documents free of charge for eligible first responders and their spouses or domestic partners.

The clinics are broken into morning and afternoon sessions, each lasting 3 hours. Volunteers see one client per hour. Generally, one law student sits with one attorney for each appointment and provides direct assistance. Prior to their appointments, participants watch a video and complete some preliminary forms to be reviewed with the attorneys. The volunteers then use customized software to create the documents with each client. At subsequent stations, documents are witnessed and notarized.

The national Wills for Heroes program was created by the Wills for Heroes Foundation after September 11, 2001 and is designed to assist emergency personnel in preparing basic estate planning documents to protect themselves and their families. Wills for Heroes in Wisconsin is sponsored by the State Bar of Wisconsin's Pro Bono Program, with the generous support of Foley and Lardner LLP, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, LexisNexis and the State Bar Young Lawyers Division.

Number of student volunteers requested: 3-6 per clinic
Approximate hours of work requested: Attend as many clinics as desired in 3 hour increments
Training: Can watch attorney training video, but not required for law students
Work will be performed: Clinic locations vary. Find upcoming clinic locations here.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. None required, but 2Ls and 3Ls who have successfully completed Trusts and Estates preferred.
To participate: Interested students should sign up as a witness for upcoming clinics online. Students should register on the event as witnesses for the morning, afternoon, or both. If the witness "tickets" are sold out on the registration page, students can email attorney Wes Taylor (WTaylor@foley.com) to let him know they are coming (Madison-area clinics only).

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