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Volunteer Opportunities

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The Northwest Justice Project welcomes the help of volunteer attorneys who are admitted to practice in Washington State. Law students should visit our Law Students Internship page for opportunties.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Medical Legal Partnership “Pro Bono Guardianship”

The Washington Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP) is an innovative collaboration between medical providers, social workers and attorneys to address the unmet legal needs and improve the health of vulnerable patients and families by integrating legal care into comprehensive healthcare.  MLP’s partnership includes Northwest Justice Project, Harborview Medical Center, Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic, Sea Mar Community Health Centers and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

MLP is in need of attorneys to advise and counsel families of children with disabilities about preparing for the transition to adulthood, including offering pro bono legal assistance for guardianships.  A guardian is a person appointed by a court to manage the affairs of a person who is incapacitated, often used to ensure continuity of care for a young adults suffering severe mental or physical disability.  Once MLP has completed an initial assessment, the family is referred to our pro bono partner.

The pro bono attorney will meet with the family to help them navigate the judicial process.  Guardianships involve filings and a court appearance, but attorneys who do not regularly litigate should find this pro bono opportunity manageable, especially with the support of more experienced attorneys who have already completed guardianship proceedings.  The time commitment for a guardianship case can vary depending on the experience of the attorney, case complexity and other factors, but should generally require about 15-20 hours over a 4-6 month period. If you're interested in volunteering, contact webmaster@nwjustice.org.

  • Foreclosure Prevention Unit

The Foreclosure Prevention Unit (FPU) helps low to moderate income Washington homeowners facing foreclosure of their primary place of residence.  We represent homeowners in loan modification negotiation, mediation under the Foreclosure Fairness Act and litigation to protect and enforce homeownership rights under state and federal law.  Volunteering for the FPU provides an opportunity to help save the homes of distressed families, which has an impact far beyond the equity or market value involved, and even beyond the obvious value of maintaining a roof over one’s head. Read more about the FPU Volunteer Program.

  • CLEAR Hotline

CLEAR, located in Seattle, is the statewide legal aid telephone hotline that provides intake, advice and brief services to callers from around the state.  Volunteer attorneys take calls in the morning, advising clients on family law matters. The CLEAR volunteer program is currently at capacity. Please check back for future opportunities.

  • Local Offices

Northwest Justice Project offices in the following locations have volunteer opportunities:

Western Washington:
Olympia
Tacoma (and Bremerton)
Seattle
Everett
Eastern Washington:
Spokane
Yakima
Pasco
Wenatchee
Omak

If you're interested in volunteering at one of our offices, contact webmaster@nwjustice.org and please indicate which location you are interested in volunteering at.