Pro Bono Week 2022

Pro Bono Week takes place every year in October (10/23-10/29) and celebrates the pro bono ethic of the thousands of professionals who volunteer their skills and professional expertise to support nonprofits all around the world. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for our pro bono programs. From our Powers of Attorney Clinics to our U Visa for Highland Park Fourth of July Parade Shooting Victim’s Clinics, the time you have donated to help our community makes a difference in the lives of the individuals and families that we serve. 

To celebrate Pro Bono Week, we are offering several live and virtual training opportunities related to our pro bono initiatives and law practice areas. We invite you and your colleagues to join us for one or all.

Tuesday, October 25th, 1-2:30 pm: U Visas for July 4th Parade Shooting Victims
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Certain victims of the Highland Park Fourth of Parade shooting may be eligible for a U Visa—a form of immigration relief based on being a victim of a qualifying crime. This training will cover the requirements for U Visa and how this population of people might qualify.   

This training is meant to prepare attorneys to provide screenings at our October 29th U Visa Clinic. We do not need additional volunteers for the 29th, but all are welcome to attend the CLE training on the 25th. 

Friday, October 28th, 2-3 pm: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – Obtaining the State Predicate Order
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Attorney Phil Schlichting from Zuma Law, LLC will be discussing how attorneys can work in state court to support an unaccompanied immigrant minor’s application for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJ). This training will help to familiarize attorneys with the state court component of the SIJ process to provide pro bono support for these cases. 

Wednesday, November 2nd, 1-2:30 pm: Screening Arriving Migrants for Relief
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Buses filled with Venezuelan migrants have been arriving in the Chicago area in droves from Texas. We know there will be more folks arriving in Wheeling, Des Plaines, and Rosemont, IL. We need pro bono attorneys to help our immigration practice provide legal screenings to this population. We will train attorneys willing to be “on-call” (able to join with about a week’s notice) to head to an area hotel to assist with screenings.  

This training will include background information about migrant transports, our screening sheet, and a primer on asylum. No prior immigration or asylum experience is necessary. We will also provide a link to a more comprehensive Introduction to Asylum Law and Practice Recording to give folks a broader sense of the issues.  We encourage attending the training regardless of legal experience or availability so that you are prepared if your situation or interest changes. 

 

Ongoing Opportunities:

NSLAC is proud to offer additional pro bono opportunities throughout the year. Find details below or contact probono@nslegalaid.org if you are interested in learning more about any of our ongoing clinics. 

  • Off-site clinics: These clinics provide in-person, limited engagement services to members of the community for short-term guardianship and Power of Attorney. Volunteers provide advice and services on the day of the clinic only. NSLAC provides one hour of CLE training for these opportunities on-site the day of the clinic. This is a great opportunity for attorneys to learn a new area of law while serving low-income individuals. Attorneys will then meet with individuals who have made appointments in advance to provide them with services. These events typically require a four-hour commitment, including the one-hour training.
  • Short-term Guardianship Clinics: Families should have something in place to ensure the care of their children in the event of the parents’ incapacity. NSLAC helps parents execute a short-term guardianship agreement that will become effective upon the designated date or event (for example, if the parent(s) are detained by immigration). Guardians will then be able to assume parental responsibilities over the child, including ensuring the child continues to have access to medical care, school, and is fed, housed, and clothed. A short-term guardianship clinic is presently scheduled for 11/2 in Highland Park.
  • Power of Attorney Clinics: Advanced directives are important for any adult to have in place to help manage health care and decisions regarding personal property. We work with multiple different stakeholders, including, but not limited to, senior centers, public libraries, and community colleges, to bring powers of attorney for health care and property to the community.  Clinics are scheduled for 10/7 in Northbrook, 11/1 in Vernon Hills, and 3/23/23 in Lake Zurich.

We know that you have the skills, knowledge, and credentials needed to secure access to justice. We are grateful for your time and willingness to put your talents to work for NSLAC and the individuals and families that we serve. We look forward to your participating in one (or more) of the opportunities mentioned above. Please be in touch with any questions or suggestions at 847-737-4042 or probono@nslegalaid.org