If you are looking for a hands-on learning opportunity for the summer, consider helping out with an impactful pro bono project. Our friends at KIND need a passionate student interested in helping out over the summer months, please see the details below.

Organization: Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Project: Assist with an upcoming asylum case.
Dates: Begins Now
Details: Work can be done Remotely.
We have an opportunity for a law student to help out with an asylum case. A pro bono attorney who is a solo practitioner, is filing a UAC asylum application for a young woman who suffered severe sexual abuse and also faced gang threats in El Salvador. The claim is a complex one and developing the claim will likely require in-depth legal and country conditions research.

The attorney plans on filing the asylum application in early August. We anticipate that the interview will be set for sometime in September or October.
If interested: Email the Pro Bono Coordinator, Aoife Delargy (delargy@law.edu) and she will put you in touch with the KIND contact.
Be sure to check the Pro Bono TWEN page for additional summer pro bono opportunities!
Have a great day!



See the link for information — Volunteer Income Tax Assistance at CUA Law: http://tinyurl.com/nyq4k88

The DC Bar Foundation is co-sponsoring a National Institute for Trial
Advocacy <http://www.nita.org/> (NITA) Basic Litigation Skills training,
specifically for public interest lawyers, from Wednesday, October 22 to
Saturday, October 25 at Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP (700 Sixth St NW
#700, Washington, DC 20001).

We are currently looking for volunteers to cover half- or full-day shifts
Wednesday to Saturday, between 8 am and 5 pm. In the past, law students and
interns have volunteered, but we are always open to anyone who is
interested in volunteering. In return, the volunteers will be able to
observe the training sessions for free, enjoy a catered breakfast and
lunch, and receive a travel stipend. The volunteers’ duties will be to
assist with logistics, including handing out name tags, distributing
materials, assisting instructors, and monitoring the classrooms. The attire
for volunteers is business casual. The training participants will be
dressed for moot court.

Please respond *by Friday, September 19* if you’re interested in
volunteering. Simply email Christina Lynch, Programs Assistant with the DC
Bar Foundation, at lynch@dcbarfoundation.org to volunteer or with questions.

Pro Bono Opportunity

May 31, 2012

TASSC – http://tassc.org/blog/, is located within walking distance of the law school at 4121 Harewood Road, NE; it is the only U.S. organization founded by survivors of torture for survivors, to oppose torture and to empower a community of survivors. Most TASSC members arrive in the U.S. seeking political asylum based on the torture and persecution they experienced in the home countries they fled. TASSC provides pro bono legal representation.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to engage in policy advocacy, but their primary focus will be on asylum representation. Students will take lead responsibility, under the supervision of TASSC pro bono attorneys, for initial screening of cases and for developing the case once members are accepted for asylum representation, from drafting documents and gathering evidence to preparing the client for interviews and hearings at Immigration Court (Arlington, Baltimore) and the DHS Asylum Office (Arlington). To the extent possible, students will be authorized to act as counsel in those venues in the presence of the attorney of record.


Students must work at TASSC for the bulk of their hours. They will be given a desk, a computer and telephone access; as well as orientation and ongoing guidance at least once a week, including overviews of substantive legal principles and processes.

To apply, send a cover email and resume to Steve France, Esq., Asylum Coordinator (steve@tassc.org) and cc Demissie Abebe, Executive Director (demissie@tassc.org) by June 8. TASSC is likely to ask for a writing sample and will interview applicants before accepting them into the program.

Responsibilities will focus entirely on a single criminal case.  17 y/o indigent defendant is charged in adult court and faces life imprisonment.  Law clerk will work very closely with lead counsel on all aspects of the defense, including an effort to transfer the case to juvenile court.  Specific responsibilities will include interviewing witnesses and issuing subpoenas, organizing and preparing evidence, strategy sessions, observing courtroom proceedings, writing motions and pleadings, and other duties that may arise.

Must be a rising second or third year student with a strong interest in criminal defense and/or juvenile justice, as well as an unequivocal drive to defend the client.  Must have a car and easy access to Montgomery County, Maryland.  Spanish fluency is a plus, but not required.

This is an excellent opportunity to work on a challenging case with many interesting legal and factual issues.  This is an appointed case, and the position is unpaid.  Aside from the experience and the learning process, involvement will be strictly for the sake of defending the client.  All expenses, however, will be covered.

If interested, please email resume and brief writing sample to: jns@jsharifilaw.com

The D.C. Bar Pro Bono Program holds Advice & Referral Clinics on the 2nd Saturday of each month.
More information is available here: http://www.dcbar.org/for_lawyers/pro_bono/about_the_program/serving_the_community/advice.cfm.

CUA Law is participating in partnership with Dickstein Shapiro on Saturday, November 12, from 9:30AM-1:00 PM. Students are needed to assist the volunteer attorneys as they provide brief legal advice and assistance to low-income members of the community. This is a terrific opportunity to have personal client contact and gain intake experience.

Each student will be paired with an attorney from the firm to shadow and act as “co-counsel” on intakes. I won’t know exactly how many slots are available until the firm has finalized its volunteer list next week, so if you are interested, please sign up and I’ll provide an update as to how many volunteers they can accommodate. The final participant list will be determined by the order in which students signed up.

Students are asked to arrive at Bread for the City by 9:30 on Saturday morning for training. The clinic opens at 10am and the doors close at noon, but volunteers may wind up staying until 1pm or in a few cases even later if the intakes so require.

A brief training will be provided that morning. Each student will be assigned to an attorney from Dickstein Shapiro. Mentors will be available onsite and reference manuals will be provided.

Sign up at the Pro Bono at CUA Law TWEN page – DC Bar Pro Bono Program

Pro Bono Opportunity

October 6, 2010

 Paul Kurth, Director of the CCLS Consumer Project, is conducting a series of consumer financial protection “know-your-rights” workshops in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC in November. He is looking for about 10 students for each workshop Thursday evening the 11th and Thursday evening the 18th to help with the presentations and then to meet with participants one-on-one afterwards to provide basic information about their rights, how to protect themselves, etc. If you’d like to volunteer there is a mandatory 1-hour training session you must attend on Monday, October 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 PM.  A sign-up sheet has been posted on the SPIL TWEN page (please disregard the Nov. 4 slot as there will be no workshop that day).

 This is a fantastic opportunity for you to earn SPIL hours, as well as Pro Bono Challenge hours.  While there are only 20 spots available for the November workshops, Mr. Kurth is planning more workshops in January, which may be more possible for 1Ls.