Help Victims of COVID-19 and/or New Wildfires with these Easy, Remote Pro Bono Opportunities
Volunteers are needed to join California’s Free Legal Answers platform*, a virtual legal advice clinic that answers questions from low income Californians on a variety of employment, housing and family issues caused by COVID-19 and now the recent Northern Californian wildfires. Free Legal Answers California is a collaboration between the California Lawyers Association, Legal Access Alameda, Disaster Legal Assistance Collaborative and ABA and offers you an unique opportunity to do brief pro bono at a time that works for you – before breakfast, when the baby is falling asleep, during a break in your meeting schedule or on the weekend. We provide training, expert oversight and malpractice insurance, so you make a real difference.
We are currently recruiting volunteers to draft questions to be reviewed, and “expert” attorneys* in real property, employment and family issues to review volunteer answers. We also need volunteers tostaff the Wildfire Disaster Hotline, calling back clients who leave messages asking for legal advice.
You will have the chance to sign up for particular days and weeks that work for your schedule and all training is offered online for those who are not signing up as experts.** For more information about the Free Legal Answers program and to sign up, go to: https://ca.freelegalanswers.org/Attorneys/Account/Requirements
To sign up for the Disaster Hotline, go to: https://disasterlegalservicesca.org/2020norcal/
To discuss this program in more detail, please reach out to Ellen Miller, Associate Executive Director – Initiatives and External Relations at 916-873-6809 or Ellen.Miller@calawyers.org
*Expert attorneys are those with at least 10 years of experience as family law, labor/employment and real property practitioners and/or Certified Family Law Specialists.
Attorneys who volunteer for Wildfire Assistance will need to take training related to insurance and FEMA matters.
Morrison and Foerster LLP has created comprehensive guides to help victims in disasters.
Disaster Legal Aid Collaborative of Northern California (formerly the Bay Area Resilience Collaborative) has training videos and resources available to train attorney volunteers.
Disaster Legal Aid also has a significant number of resources, including resources for advocates, and sample forms.
United Policyholders also has made available disaster resources as it relates to insurance issues.
If you would prefer to make a financial donation to support legal services programs, please consider donating to the California Lawyers Foundation.