Volunteer Opportunity for NYCPA Members

Marianna Fradman of Real Estate Paralegal at Blank Rome LLP posts on the NFPA Linkedin webpage, a paralegal volunteering opportunity in the Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project:

Day Time Pro-Bono Paralegal Volunteer Opportunity for NYCPA members
Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project
Day Time Pro-Bono Paralegal Volunteer Opportunity
New York City Paralegal Association Members are welcome to apply.

Background:
• The Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project (DVLP) provides Legal Information, Advocacy, and Representation to Low-Income and Indigent Victims of Domestic Violence, in Family Justice Proceedings within New York City.
• Family Justice Proceedings Include: Order of Protection, Custody, Visitation, Support, and Divorce Cases.
• DVLP Staff Members also Provide Basic Legal Information and Referrals via a Legal Intake Line.

Project Requirements:
• Volunteer Paralegal should have Knowledge of or Willingness to Learn Family Law and Domestic Violence Related Issues.
• Required Experience: One Year Legal Work Experience, Family Law Experience Preferred.
• Responsibilities Include: Filing Legal Documents in Court, Assisting with Trial Preparation and Discovery Requests, Proofreading Legal Documents, Cite Checking, Preparing Correspondence, Transcribing Recordings, and Assisting Clients with Uncontested Divorce Cases.
• Scheduling/Location: One Day a Week, Five Hours, in Brooklyn, New York (Day Time Only)
• No College Credit nor Stipend Offered (Credit Towards a Graduate School Clinic available)

I have previously posted here regarding the important role volunteering plays in satisfying a paralegal’s ethical obligation to “serve the public interest by contributing to the improvement of the legal system and delivery of quality legal services, including pro bono pubilco services,” (NFPA Model Code of Ethics, Rule 1.4) and the networking benefits. This one looks as thought it would also be a good addition to a resume and provide invaluable experience.

It is good to see these opportunities posted, but you do not have to wait for them. Often they can be created by paralegals seeking to volunteer, network and gain useful experience. Look around, be creative and approach organizations in need of help.

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