The Clinic is always looking for volunteer attorneys who want to help make justice a reality for those in need. Inactive and retired attorneys are able to practice law under the Clinic provided that you complete the necessary paperwork for submission to the ARDC. Both short-term and long-term commitments are needed, and the Clinic will work with you to determine the best volunteer fit! Malpractice insurance is provided.

Pro bono attorneys volunteering with the Immigration Law Practice are involved in a variety of ways according to the level of immigration law knowledge and their time availability.

Pro bono attorneys help with in-depth immigration intake screenings on-site or at one of our five off-site immigration legal clinics in the Chicago’s northern suburbs. Volunteer attorneys also assist our Immigration Practice team with completing forms, drafting waivers, and preparing immigration filings. For experienced immigration practitioners willing to work in close cooperation with our in-house team, opportunities for taking challenging cases exist.

In order to volunteer, all attorneys either must have prior immigration experience or have completed the Comprehensive Overview of Immigration Law (COIL) online course provided by the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. For further information about volunteering or the COIL course, please do not hesitate to contact the Director of the Immigration Practice, Lia Kim-Yi at lkimyi@nslegalaid.org

Examples of Matters Handled:

  • Family-Based Immigrant Visa Petitions For Spouses, Children, Parents and Siblings
  • Non-Immigrant Visa Petitions (Visitor)
  • Consular Processing
  • Citizenship
  • Green Card Renewals
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewals
  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
  • Employment Authorization Renewals
  • Waivers (Unlawful Presence, Fraud and Misrepresentation, Alien Smuggling)
  • U Visas
  • T Visas
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)
  • Asylum
  • Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self Petitioners

Working with domestic violence (DV) survivors requires from volunteer’s additional sensitivity skills and emotional awareness. Pro bono attorneys who have never assisted survivors and are interested in helping our DV program must attend a 40-hour Domestic Violence training provided by A Safe Place (a social services organization specializing in DV) or another accredited training provider.

After the training, the attorneys will work closely with the Clinic’s DV team providing services in various settings in cooperation with our partners in the community.

For further information about volunteering or the DV training, please contact the Director of Domestic Violence Law Practice, Rebecca Weininger, at rweininger@nslegalaid.org

Examples of Matters Handled:

  • Orders of Protection (Emergency/Plenary)
  • Other Civil Restraining Orders (Stalking, No Contact)
  • Safety Plans
  • Family Law Matters Related to Domestic Violence
  • Divorce and Parentage
  • Allocation of Parental Time and Parental Responsibility
  • Child Support
  • Allocation and Support Modifications

Additional Resources:

Illinois Compiled Statutes

In our Housing Law Practice pro bono attorneys assist low-income tenants in simple matters related to recovering deposits, fixing apartments, and preventing evictions. The Clinic supports attorneys with all the administrative tasks. The Clinic does not currently have an in-house attorney dedicated to this practice, therefore it is the area with the biggest need for pro bono help.

For further information about getting involved, please contact NSLAC’s Director of Client Services, Alicia De La Cruz, at adelacruz@nslegalaid.org

Examples of Matters Handled:

  • Landlord/Tenant Issues
  • Security Deposits
  • Lease Deposits
  • Repairs
  • Evictions
  • Petition to Remove Conditions (Joint and Waiver)
  • Freedom of Information Act Requests (USCIS, CBP, EOIR, DOS)
  • Fee Waivers
  • Removal/Deportation Defense

Additional Resources

Local, state, and federal laws
Equal Access to Justice – Renter’s Handbook
Landlord and Tenant Rights and Laws

The clinic collaborates with law firms and corporate legal departments to bring one-day legal clinics to those in need in the community. In this program, we currently focus our services on Power of Attorney (POA) for healthcare, property, and living wills. For our partners, we offer CLE trainings on those topics.

The goal of the Pro bono partner program is to reach deep into the community and complement other nonprofit and public organizations’ services with legal assistance for their clients. The common settings where we organize the POA clinics are low-income senior centers, public libraries, schools, and social and human services organizations.

Beyond the POA clinics, the Pro Bono Partner Program is a great opportunity for testing new ideas of combining the resources and knowledge of private practice law firms and corporations with public interest initiatives.

If your law firm, legal department of your business, or a nonprofit/public organization is interested in working with us, we are happy to talk to you! Please contact NSLAC’s Operations Manager, Jan Baranczak at jbaranczak@nslegalaid.org

If you are not an attorney and interested in volunteering, visit our Volunteer Opportunities page