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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: 12-20 hours/week
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 2015-2016 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

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 opportunity will begin in October with a once-monthly clinic held at the Legal Action of Wisconsin - Madison (dates to be announced). 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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: 2 hours/clinic
Training: Training will be held on Friday, September 11 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. in Lubar.
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. No prior experience or knowledge with Bankruptcy is needed.
To participate: RSVP here for 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. Students with foreign language skills may also contribute to CILC by completing various law-related translation projects.

Number of student volunteers requested: 5 to 6 students per visit
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: 3 hours per visit
Training: Students must attend a training session prior to participation. Trainings typically are conducted at the beginning of each semester.
Work will be performed: 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. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome. Various languages preferred, especially Spanish.
To participate: Contact Pedro Hernandez at phernandez3@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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: 4-8 hours/week
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.
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
210 Martin Luther King Boulevard Suite 356
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 266-9910

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.

Number of student volunteers requested: 4-6
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: Approximately 2 hours per week. (Must plan to participate for one full year.)
Training: A mandatory 30-hour training will be provided on: the Dane County legal system, cultural competency, domestic violence and other issues facing families in the system. Students will also be trained to write reports to the court based on observations. All training sessions should be attended. FALL 2015 training sessions will be on Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:30pm from 9/2 until 10/7. 
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 Kelsey Telega at kelsey@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, 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 serve on the jury and to take part 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. Our West and East High locations are new and we're looking for lots of good mentors, tutors, and all-around helpers to participate.

Number of student volunteers requested: 1-4 per school
Project start/end date: late September - late May or early June
Hours of work requested: 2-3 hours/month, additional hours are available if interested in mentoring or doing one on one work with referrals
Training: Attending a juror training is encouraged
Work will be performed: At the Madison's West, East, Memorial and LaFollette High Schools.
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, Co-Director and Youth Court Coordinator, at lorrie@danecountytimebank.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 license revocations and suspensions. Their legal work prevents people from going hungry and people from becoming homeless. They help family violence and elder abuse victims be safe and independent. And they obtain income, medical insurance, and licenses for workers.

Law students assist LAW attorneys. The tasks will include client interviewing and intake, organizing case files, document preparation, drafting correspondence to clients and attorneys, legal and policy research, investigation, and some administrative work inherent in case management.

Number of student volunteers requested: 2-3
Project start/end date: Ongoing
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 a 2L or 3L. Hmong or Spanish language ability preferred, but not required. Prior work experience in an office setting is preferred and experience in the Neighborhood Law Project or Consumer Clinic is preferred.
To apply: Submit a resume, brief statement of interest (not a cover letter - no more than half a page) and a 5 page writing sample to supervising attorney Erica Lopez at ekl@legalaction.org

Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR)

Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief
Contact: Tiffany Woelfel
Email: twoelfel@wisc.edu

The Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief (LADR) is a law student organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to low-income and indigent 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, and the Orleans Public Defenders.

Number of student volunteers requested: 6-12 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 are accepted in Fall

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 and law students 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 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

Number of student volunteers requested: 2-3 per clinic
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: One LINC session (2.5 hours)
Training: Supervising attorneys will provide the necessary training
Work will be performed: At the Quarles & Brady office (address above)
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

Midwest Environmental Defense Center (MEDC)

c/o James N. Saul, McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC
211 S. Paterson Street, Suite 320
Madison WI 53703
(608) 628-2420
midwestdefensecenter.org

MEDC's mission is to protect and restore the environment, natural resources, and public health of the upper Midwest by ensuring that laws designed to protect us are applied and enforced as they were intended. MEDC engages in administrative advocacy and litigation to protect clean air and water, public lands, endangered species, and public health across Wisconsin and beyond.

MEDC has a number of ongoing projects related to air and water quality, sustainable energy, and conservation. All of our projects are developed to serve our goals of holding polluters accountable; improving the effectiveness of our existing environmental laws and regulations; and/or protecting the public health, environment, and natural resources. Assignment of projects will be based upon MEDC's current organizational priorities and student interest. Each project will require extensive legal research, data / record review, interaction with state or federal agency personnel, and production of a detailed work product which varies by project (e.g., permit comments, petition for rulemaking, complaint, etc.).

Number of student volunteers requested: 2 per semester/summer
Project start/end date: Semester or Summer long
Approximate hours of work requested: Approximately 4 hours/week, or 48 hours per semester; weekly hours can be flexible so long as interim deadlines are completed and final work product is prepared by the end of the semester.
Training: James N. Saul, an environmental attorney and the program supervisor for MEDC, will provide necessary training.
Work will be performed: Students will be expected to work independently, but will be able to work at least part of the time out of the office of McGillivray Westerberg & Bender LLC in Madison.
Transportation: Accessible by foot (15-20 minutes) or bus transportation (10 minutes) from the Law School.
Desired course or clinic experience: Complete the online ethics course found here, prior to training for or beginning this opportunity. Volunteers must have completed their first year of law school by their start date. Preference may be given to students who have completed coursework in environmental or administrative law.
To apply: Contact Jamie Saul at saul@mwbattorneys.com. Please include the following in your email: (1) a brief statement explaining why you are interested in learning about or practicing public-interest environmental law; (2) how much time per week you can commit to MEDC; and (3) a short summary of any relevant experience or coursework.

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. There 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 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.
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 Jessica Slind, jkslind@wisc.edu

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 8-9:30pm. Students will work in teams of 2-3 to lead each session.

Number of student volunteers requested: Indefinite
Project start/end date: Ongoing
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.

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 3rd Tuesday of each month from 5-7PM at 1632 W. Main Street, Sun Prairie.

Number of student volunteers requested: Four (4)
Project start/end date: Ongoing
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. Second and third year 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 P.O. Box 590, Sun Praire, 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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
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: Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 5pm (both days). There is a half hour 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. Please describe your interest in tenant landlord law, and any experience you have working with indigent and/or underrepresented communities.

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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
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.


UW Immigrant Justice Clinic (IJC) & Community Immigration Law Center (CILC) Bilingual Legal Volunteer Program

University of Wisconsin Law School
Economic Justice Institute
975 Bascom Mall, Room 1348
Madison, WI 53706

Student Bilingual Office Volunteers will assist IJC and CILC in various tasks related to providing legal services to immigrants in our community. Volunteers will receive training and can expect to be involved directly with clients and their cases. The mission of CILC and IJC is to offer pro bono/low cost representation to low-income immigrants.

Number of student volunteers requested: 4-6
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: 3-4 hours per week for at least one semester
Training: All volunteers must go through a mandatory training
Work will be performed: Some work will be done in the Immigrant Justice Clinic space in the Economic Justice Institute, some may be done remotely, and some may involve working at the CILC offices at Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham).
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. Spanish language ability is generally preferred, though we sometimes need other languages (e.g. Chinese). Any level law student is welcome.
To apply: If you are interested, please contact the IJC volunteer coordinator at 608-890-3753 or uwimmigrantjusticeclinic@gmail.com.

Veterans Law Center (VLC)

Veterans Law Center Locations:

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

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

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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
Approximate hours of work requested: One 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 two 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. Training sessions are offered once each semester. Please contact the VLC Student Coordinators at studentcoordinator.vlc@gmail.com to be added to the VLC e-mail 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.

*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. None, all levels (1L-3L) welcome.
To participate: Project will recruit again in Fall 2015 for Spring 2016. Please contact Thomas Wilson at tlwilson3@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 the attorney
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 Amanda 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
Project start/end date: Ongoing
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 to let him know they are coming (Madison-area clinics only).

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